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 16,249 as of January 1, 2017. 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 2,100. Joseph Case High School has a current enrollment of 542 students divided fairly equitably between males and females. Throughout the district, 32.47 percent of students meet federal eligibility requirements for free and reduced meals.
The town of Swansea allocated 46.27 percent of local resources in FY 19 to the school district for a total of $21,325,113.00. In FY 17, Swansea Public Schools expended $13,457.00 per pupil, compared to the state average expenditure of $15,956.00 per pupil, a slight decrease in comparison to the 2016 expenditure per pupil of $13,669.00 in relation to the $15,511.00 state average. Swansea’s dropout rate in 2017 was 0.6 percent compared to the state average of 4.9 percent, while its graduation rate was 93.7 percent, compared to the state average of 88.3 percent.