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Published on February 25, 2014

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Swan School's Mission:
Swan School builds strong learners in an environment of academic excellence aligned with creativity and personal expression. We develop wise and compassionate leaders as an investment in everyone's future.

Why Choose Swan School?
There are many reasons that Swan School could be the right fit for your child.
* Experienced Teachers: innovative, experienced, enthusiastic, accessible, and creative.
* Daily Classes in the Fine Arts: choir, piano, violin, art, and frequent presentation of creative expression.
* Child-Centered Technology: technology as a creative learning tool that supports written and graphic presentations as well as research for defined projects.
* Project-Based Curriculum: integrated thematic studies encompassing science, social studies, math, reading, writing, and drama.
* Frequent Field Experiences: integral to the curriculum as both valued and effective.
* Language: Spanish instruction from ages 3 through 12, twice weekly in focused sessions as well as daily in classrooms.
* Community Involvement: annual participation with the Northwest Watershed Institute’s salmon habitat restoration efforts, UGN’s Day of Caring, and support of senior citizens’ quality of life at Victoria House.
* Physical Education and Exercise: numerous daily opportunities for active movement as well as focused PE classes to strengthen children’s motor skills and support healthy lifestyle habits.

Swan School Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Swan School Swan School is named after James Swan (1818-1900), an important chronicler of northwest native cultures and early pioneer society in Washington Territory. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Independent Education Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Charting Our Own Course Swan School has been providing an independent educational option to residents of east Jefferson County since 1983. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Our Mission Swan School builds strong learners in an environment of academic excellence aligned with creativity and personal expression. We develop wise and compassionate leaders as an investment in everyone’s future. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Our Guiding Principles Children are forefront at our school and prior to every decision we ask ourselves, “What is best for children?” This question guides us and, along with our Core Values, defines our school. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Core Value Community Children and adults work and play together in a safe and supportive community. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Core Value Academic Challenge We create a learning environment that inspires reaching excellence in academics and in life. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Core Value Creativity We foster curiosity about the world through a rich environment that encourages innovative thought and personal expression. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Core Value Compassion We cultivate empathy for ourselves, empathy for our fellow beings and the environment, and respect our interconnectedness. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Core Value Leadership Our educational framework and daily practices are structured to develop leadership skills. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Core Value Enjoyment Our learning is dynamic and infused with laughter, joy, and playfulness. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Balanced Calendar Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Balancing the School Year In 2012 Swan School adjusted its calendar to best meet the educational needs of children. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Traditional School Year A traditional school calendar was created to best meet the family needs in an agrarian society. It consisted of a few terms of irregular length separated by a long summer break. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Is the Traditional School Calendar Best for Children Today? Research shows, and educators agree, that a traditional school calendar isn’t the best model for meeting children’s needs. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Balanced School Year A balanced calendar facilitates continuous learning, helping students retain more as they experience periods of learning and breaks more evenly distributed throughout the year. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Learning in All Seasons A balanced school calendar also allows learning to take place during all seasons of the year. Swan School sees this as a natural fit with its emphasis on experiential learning and field trips integral to every part of the educational program. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Multiage Structure Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Multiage: Best for Children At Swan School we embrace a multiage classroom structure throughout our school. We do this because we know it is best for children and because it best supports our mission and core values. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Multiage: Embracing Diversity A student in a multiage classroom comes to understand that diversity is not only a reality but it is something to be embraced, and that classrooms are simply families of learners. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Multiage: Nurturing Atmosphere Purposefully structuring a class that includes a span of ages and takes advantage of the resulting diversity, allows students to naturally become more accepting of one another’s differences. There is an atmosphere of nurturing rather than one of competition. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Multiage: Individual Support In a multiage classroom the teacher finds himself or herself supporting each individual child as to their own complex set of needs rather than trying to lead a group of students to all complete an age-based step at the same time. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Small School Small Classes Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Small School Common Sense Common sense tells us that smaller is better in the case of schools and education. With fewer students per teacher every child can receive the attention they deserve. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Small School Research Research backs this up. Studies such as Small Schools: Great Strides by Wasley, Fine, Gladden, Holland, King, Mosak, & Powell (Bank Street College of Ed., 2000), have found that “... student's attachment, persistence, and performance are all stronger in small schools.” Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Small School Research Additionally it has been found that small schools experience better attendance, lower dropout rates, higher grade point averages, stronger test scores, fewer class failures, and a lesser likelihood of repeating a grade. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Small School Student Perspective “The classes are really small so the teacher can work with you and you don’t have to wait a long time for help. This works really well in math so we can do more individualized work.” Rowan, age 9 Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Small School Student Perspective “We have smaller classes that are not as crazy so you can focus.” Trillium, age 10 Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Balanced Academics Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Finding Balance: Exploration The elementary years of childhood are full of exploration and wonder. The world is new and fascinating. Children learn about self and how they can relate socially to one another. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Finding Balance: Foundation & Variety Swan School recognizes both the need for children to gain foundational knowledge and skills, and to explore a variety of avenues of learning. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Finding Balance: Traditional Subjects Finding academic balance doesn’t mean that traditional core subjects are ignored or short changed. Math, reading, writing, science, history, geography, economics, are all included in a Swan School education. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Finding Balance Can Mean More However, an education overly focused on the “three R’s” or on “STEM” (science, technology, engineering, and math) is not enough. Children need to explore more than what is covered on standardized tests. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Finding Balance: Fine Arts The fine arts, including both vocal and instrumental music, allow students to connect with the world through their hearts. At Swan School children follow these creative pursuits each day of the week. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Finding Balance: Spanish During the elementary years language acquisition comes naturally to children. At Swan School students learn and use Spanish at every grade level throughout the day and in focused sessions twice each week. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Finding Balance: Social Emotional Learning Social and emotional learning is an important part of growing up. We support this both through age appropriate instruction and by giving children the chance to practice their developing skills in a variety of settings. Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Finding Balance As John Keating (characterized by Robin Williams) exclaimed in the movie Dead Poets Society, “...medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Adam’s Graduation Speech “When I first came to Swan School I felt pretty beaten down.  It seemed as though there was no hope for me to learn and succeed in life, let alone in the classroom.  Swan School teachers changed all that.  Swan School showed me that I wasn’t stupid and that I could learn and succeed. I think back to the people and times that have shaped me in the last 2 years.  Every teacher deserves a thank you for helping me reach my goals.  The love and support of my family has been greatly appreciated.   But truly, the main ingredient of my Swan School experience has been my peers.  We all faced hardships, but we were able to overcome them together. To me the end of my time at Swan School is just the beginning of the next step.  Today is just the first of many great accomplishments I hope to achieve in my life.  I will succeed along with the support my teachers have given me to keep my motivations in sight.  Today I will set out and find new grounds, but I will always remember my time at Swan School.” Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Swan School Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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