Often Asked Questions
Does Swan Lake need a school?
- The public schools in both Swan Lake and our nearest closest neighboring community, Ferndale, closed years ago. Ever since the Swan Lake Public School was closed in 1997, the community of Swan Lake has been in decline. We want to answer this need. We believe that this school is going to be a great benefit to not only Swan Lake, but the entire broader community within our region.
Why did the Swan Lake Public School close?
- There are several reasons, but in a nutshell, because of the limited population, the tax base funding and resources available were also limited. Parents began to feel that their children were missing out on opportunities that they could have if they attended a larger school somewhere else.
- The new Swan Lake School is not publically funded, but is not limited by that as well. We now have the opportunity as a private Christian school, to serve not only families in the Swan Lake area, but the communities around us as well. ln addition, we now have more flexibility to take advantage of many volunteers and educational resources that were not available in the public school setting.
What grade levels will the Swan Lake School serve?
- Probably at first, SLCS may only go up to the 6th Grade. We eventually intend to be a K thru 8th Grade school. We do not plan to go above that. We want to follow the pattern of other small town schools, and have our children go onto High School elsewhere.
What do you think the impact will be on the other schools?
- A key reason for starting this school, is the fact that the schools that were previously in Swan Lake and Ferndale shut down. Some parents will still choose to send there kids to other communities, but we hope the new Swan Lake School will become a place that really helps strengthen our communities as a whole.
- There are many wonderful people working in the Bigfork School District, and we know that we will be able to work along side of them, hopefully finding many creative ways to work together.