Monthly Archives: September 2013

School Highlight of the Week – The Swift School

The Swift School is located in Roswell, Georgia for students in grades 1st through 8th. The mission of The Swift School is to prepare children with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences to be successful in life. The learning environment includes a nurturing approach, a compassionate teaching style and small class sizes. “As a result of investing in their child’s future, parents can expect their child to improve their reading abilities and comprehension, written and oral language processing, written and oral expression, self-esteem and confidence as well as other academic, social and physical skills.” (www.theswiftschool.org)

The 20,500 square foot building and athletic sport court of The Swift School sit on on 4.7 acres. Teachers have significant teaching experience with children who have disabilities and are passionate about working with them. Continuing education and training for teachers is a priority and they spend a lot of time with each student as the student to teacher ratio at Swift is 6:1. The school plans to grow in the upcoming years to include Pre-First programs, Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten. The current enrollment for the 1st through 8th grades is 252 students.

The Swift School uses a specific teaching approach called the Orton-Gillingham Approach. This approach “emphasizes teaching all subjects through multi-sensory techniques that involve the auditory, visual, tactile, and kinesthetic pathways to the brain.” (www.theswiftschool.org). A speech and language pathologist provides faculty support for students who require additional help with expressive and receptive language with small group and classroom instruction.

Outside of the classroom, students have many choices of clubs to join that meet after school. Some of the club subject areas are Sports, Art, Science, Karate, Ballet, Crafts, Chess and Chorus. Each day, there is also a homework hour after school where students can complete homework with faculty help. Musical, theater and art programs are also offered.
There is a Rolling Admissions process at Swift and students are accepted throughout the school year. During tours, an opportunity is given to meet with a representative of the school’s committee, tour on campus, observe classrooms and ask questions.

For more admissions information, click here.

Tuition costs for The Swift School includes lunch fees, supplies and tuition.
Grades 1-5: $22,350
Grades 6-8: $23,750

College Highlight of the Week – Savannah College of Art and Design

Savannah College of Art and Design, also know as SCAD, was founded in 1978 by Richard Rowan, Paula Wallace, May Poetter and Paul Poetter. Paula Wallace is the President of the college today. It is a private and accredited college with more than 11,000 students. With two locations in Georgia (Atlanta and Savannah) and two international locations (France and Hong Kong) students have options about where they would like to study. The SCAD website says, “The Savannah College of Art and Design exists to prepare talented students for professional careers and emphasizing learning through individual attention in a positively oriented university environment.” (www.scad.edu).

SCAD offers over 40 majors and 60 minors in the fine arts for students to select from. In charming, historical, Savannah, Georgia, students enjoy the perks of living in one of the largest and most renowned National Historic Landmark districts while also being near the beautiful beaches of the coastal South. Classes are located around the 21 squares of the old town, full of monuments and live oaks. Savannah has over 70 SCAD facilities, 113 student organizations, intramural teams, the Savannah Film Festival, the amazing Sidewalk Arts Festival, fashion shows and much more for students to participate in and enjoy.

The acceptance rate at SCAD is 61.7% and has a student/faculty ration of 18 to 1. Most classes have fewer than 20 students.
Tours for Savannah and Atlanta are offered daily Monday-Saturday. Students and parents can view classrooms, buildings, galleries, residence halls and dining facilities. Please plan to visit while classes are in session.

Top 5 Majors:
Illustration
Animation
Graphic Design
Fashion Design
Photography

Tuition and fees are $32,950.