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Swift School Through Caroline’s Eyes

When Caroline was in Kindergarten and first grade, she struggled to keep up with her peers in school, but she couldn't figure out why. It wasn't until she received a dyslexia diagnosis that things started to make sense. Fortunately, her parents decided to enroll her in Swift School in second grade, which altered the trajectory of her academic journey.

“Before Swift, teachers never took time to work with me at the pace and support I needed,”  Caroline stated. “It always left me wondering why I could not learn and grasp ideas as quickly as other students.”

When she formally began at Swift School, she noticed an immediate difference in herself. Nearly immediately, a change Caroline observed was her newfound affection for attending school, leading to an aversion towards leaving.

“I loved going to Swift, and I was sad when I had to miss a day [during my two years there],”  she said. “That never happened at my previous school. The teachers cared about each of us and would go above and beyond to support us. Academically, I noticed a transformation in my ability to break down words and spell them correctly.”

In third grade, during her final year at Swift, Caroline had Ms. Swain as her teacher. Nearly ten years later, Caroline still says she is the best teacher she has ever had.

“Ms. Swain connected with every student on a personal level. She made them feel understood and appreciated, and she helped me with writing words that were spelled differently than they sound.”

Caroline received the necessary remediation to matriculate, and she recently graduated from Walker High School in nearby Marietta. An aspiring photographer, she is headed to the beautiful mountains of Cullowhee, N.C., where she will major in communications at Western Carolina University.

Her message for current Swift School students is to enjoy the journey. “Enjoy every day at Swift and the opportunities it brings," she said. "Live life second by second; it goes by way faster than you would believe. The best learning comes when you are out of your comfort zone.”

Caroline's freshman year at WCU will begin in the fall of 2023, and she hopes to use her degree to work in photography.

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