Mission, Vision & History

We are committed to developing a community of learners who are academically proficient, demonstrate strong character, and exhibit self-confidence.

Our vision is for all students at the Jireh Swift School to be knowledgeable and acquire specific standards beyond what the MCAS dictates; preparing all students to think critically, problem solve, imagine, create, express, synthesize, and apply information to real-life situations.


  • For students to have a positive learning experience and show great success while becoming well-rounded learners.
  • Students will take responsibility for their learning and be able to reflect and judge their work.
  • Students will demonstrate leadership qualities by showing respectful behavior at all times.


  • To set achievable high academic standards for all students using support from staff, parents, and the community.
  • A positive school-wide culture will be created that builds character and self-confidence.
  • Establish a professional staff that demonstrates quality, persity, and a strong background in content knowledge.


Our school was built in 1909 and named after Jireh Swift, a prominent merchant.  He was the founder of Swift & Allen, an organization that served the whaling industry as agents, ship chandlers, and commission merchants. Swift & Allen were major suppliers of cordage, iron ware, groceries, and other goods needed to outfit whaling vessels of New Bedford and nearby ports.