About Us

Principal, Mrs. Colette Langston

Langston with student

Message From Principal

Thank you for visiting the website for Swenson Arts and Technology High School, a citywide admit high school in Northeast Philadelphia. Swenson is one of the School District of Philadelphia’s best-kept secrets! We are very proud of our staff and students who have made tremendous strides in achievement, college and career readiness, and industry certifications. Swenson students have earned over 300 industry certifications across our Career and Technical Education programs in the past year.

Our small population of 700 students allows staff to know students by name and actively encourage and nurture their strengths. Our students participate in a variety of CTE student organizations aligned with their program of study: SkillsUSA, fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in technology. Students apply technology concepts through co-curricular activities, competitive events and related programs.

HOSA, the organization for Future Health Professionals, develops leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.
Culinary students participate in the Careers through Culinary Arts program, (C-CAP) which prepares high school students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Automotive Technology students compete in the Caring for Kids Greater Philadelphia Automotive Technology Competition. Construction Technology students are eligible for internships with District Council 21 for the Finishing Trades.

Swenson students follow a rolling A/B Block schedule. This means that students take four classes one day and four different classes the next day repeating the process for the entire school year. The benefits of this schedule for students includes four classes instead of seven per day on which to focus, an opportunity to earn eight credits instead of six per year, and preparation for post secondary schedules.

Swenson Arts and Technology administration and staff are committed to raising student achievement and preparing them for college and career. If you need further information, please do not hesitate to call our school.



Colette Langston



Shared Values

All stakeholders are responsible for maintaining the shared values of Swenson Arts and Technology High School.

1. Expectations For A School of Excellence:

a.    Swenson Arts and Technology High School’s focus is to maintain high expectations that challenge all students to realize their creative potential both academically and vocationally.

b.    Swenson Arts and Technology High School expects all students to demonstrate exemplary skills through their chosen Program of Study. Working cooperatively to creatively solve problems utilizing innovative technologies prepares our students to become leaders in our technology driven and culturally diverse society of the 21st Century.

c.     Instructional practices and programs will be evaluated continuously and modified as needed to ensure that all students excel academically and vocationally.

2. Expectations For Professional Practice:

a.    All staff values the integration of Academics with Career and Technical Education standards and competencies. We are committed to integrating 21st century “soft skills” and technical skills into our instruction.

b.    All staff members are dedicated to the implementation of a successful Project Based Learning Environment that utilizes a standards-driven curriculum.

c.  All staff members understand that students come to us with a myriad of strengths and challenges and instruction is differentiated to address students’ diversity.