Swansea Public School District
The town of Swansea was established in 1667 and incorporated as a town in 1785. This suburban community, with a total area of 22.12 square mile, has a population of 16,519 as of January 1, 2014. Swansea residents value their town for its rural character, and take pride in knowing that many see the town as an excellent community in which to raise families. Swansea retains sixteen original intact colonial houses, including a living museum and a picturesque Main Street.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Swansea’s ethnic, racial and cultural composition has remained constant with 97.3 percent Caucasian, .6 percent African American, 1.1 percent Hispanic, and .7 percent Asian residents. There are a large number of first and second-generation immigrants, predominantly of Portuguese heritage. Swansea residents primarily speak English, but some families communicate in Portuguese and Spanish at home.
Swansea Public Schools serve the town with four elementary schools, one junior high school and one senior high school. Gardner School and Mark G. Hoyle School service students in pre-K through the 2nd grade. The Elizabeth S. Brown School and Joseph G. Luther schools educate students in grades 3-5. Joseph Case Junior High School provides for students in grades 6-8, with Joseph Case Senior High School educating students in grades 9-12. Seven independent schools also operate in Swansea, offering a wide range of specialized educational services.
Total enrollment in the Swansea Public Schools is 2,117. Joseph Case High School has a current enrollment of 528 students divided between 271 males and 257 females. Throughout the district, 26.21 percent of students meet federal eligibility requirements for free lunch and 5.9 percent for reduced lunch.
The town of Swansea allocated 52.7 percent of local resources in FY 16 to the school district for a total of $19,629,580. In 2014, Swansea Public Schools expended $ 12,266.00 per pupil, compared to the state average expenditure of $ 14,571.00 per pupil, a slight increase in comparison to the 2013 expenditure per pupil of $11,727 in relation to the $14,021 state average. Swansea’s dropout rate in 2014 was 1.3 percent, while its graduation rate was 98 percent, a result of strategic interventions and initiatives that have reduced the rate from an average of nearly 10 percent dropout rate of graduating classes from 2003 – 2008. On average for the past three years, the student attendance rate has been approximately 95.2 percent. The attendance rate for teachers was 95.51 percent for the 2014-2015 academic year.