Admission FAQs

Following are the most commonly asked questions from parents who are first learning about the Swift School. Should you have questions that are not covered below, please contact our Director of Admission Angela Robertson by email or by phone (678.205.4988 ext. 231).

What types of students attend Swift School?

Our students have a diagnosis of dyslexia or other related language-based learning differences. These differences sometimes make it difficult for them to learn by traditional instructional methods. Learning strengths and areas for growth vary from child to child. Applicants will be considered for admission based on the following criteria:

  • Diagnosis of dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia or other related language-based learning difference.
  • Average or above average intelligence as measured by an individual intelligence test or potentially average intelligence when the professional indicates that the overall score not represent the true potential of the student due to overriding factors (such as language or auditory processing).
  • We do not accept students who have a diagnosis of Autism, Asperger’s, or emotional or behavioral problems.

What is a student's average length of stay?

While our students' average length of stay is approximately three years, Swift is prepared to meet students at whatever stage they may be in their journey. Unlocking the gifts of dyslexia is not one size fits all; Swift partners with families to assess each child's individual needs.

What qualifications do your teachers have?

Swift’s highly-trained and experienced teachers are the heart of the school.

All of Swift’s academic teachers are trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach (OG). Orton-Gillingham is the instructional approach most successful for teaching language skills to students with dyslexia. It is most properly understood and practiced as an approach, not a method, system, or technique. It is only in the hands of a well-trained and experienced instructor that OG becomes a powerful educational tool. At Swift, it is particularly effective because OG is consistently used across disciplines by all teachers.

Swift’s faculty is comprised of 41 teachers, including specialists in music, art, computers, speech/language pathology, learning specialists, developmental guidance and athletics. All teachers are certified by the State of Georgia.

67% of the faculty hold Masters degrees or higher. Advanced degrees are in disciplines such as: reading, educational leadership, education, early childhood education, elementary education, science education, mathematics education, and speech and language development.

Several schools tout OG trained teachers, but the level of training varies greatly. All of Swift’s academic teachers complete Associate Level coursework in the Orton-Gillingham approach and are required to pursue Associate Level membership in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators through completion of a 100-hour practicum. However, many faculty members have advanced well beyond this requirement. In addition to our faculty trained at the Associate level, we have 1 Fellow, 1 Fellow-in-Training, 1 Clinical Supervisor, and 2 Certified members of the AOGPE on staff.

How do I sign up for a tour?

Contact the Admission Office (678.205.4988 ext. 231). Tours include a visit to your child's current and rising grade level to observe classroom instruction and a meeting with the admission director.

How do I begin the application process?

All prospective families must participate in a school tour and meet with the admission director before applying to Swift School. Applicants will be asked to submit the following supplemental materials:

  • Psychoeducational evaluation (completed in the last three years)
  • Transcript Release form
  • Teacher Evaluation form
  • Speech/Language or Occupational Therapy (only if your child is currently receiving services)

What is rolling admission?

Swift School participates in rolling admission. Depending on availability we accept applications and enroll students until January of the current academic school year.

What grades does the Swift School serve?

We currently offer 1st through 8th grades

What are the school hours?

8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m

8:15 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Does the Swift School offer extended day?

Morning Care: 7 a.m. – 8 a.m., lower school only
After Care:
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

There is an additional cost for these programs.

What does a student’s daily schedule look like?

Lower Division
Orton-Gillingham 1 hour per day
Language Arts1 hour per day
Math1 hour per day
Social Studies
1 hour per day
Support30 minutes per day
P.E.3 hours per week
Art1 hour per week
Music1 hour per week

Middle Division
1Language Development
2Language Arts
6World Culture

Do your students wear uniforms?

Swift School students are required to wear uniforms. Our students wear navy, white or light blue polo tops with khaki shorts, skirts, or pants.

Is lunch included in the tuition?

Yes, lunch is included in the cost of tuition. A Tasty Touch provides a hot lunch with a main dish and two sides, a variety of sandwiches, soup of the day, and a full service salad bar.