E.N. Swett Elementary

About Us

E.N. Swett is located in the heart of town. Diversity is our strength.

E.N. Swett serves kindergarten and preschool only.  We have about 185 children in preschool and 92 children in kindergarten.

The selection of a preschool is one of the most important decisions a parent will make. South Sioux City has a great preschool program!   E.N. Swett home of the CARDINAL PRESCHOOL offers one of the finest early childhood experiences.

The Cardinal Preschool will be a mark of quality education you can trust by providing your child with a beautiful facility, caring and well trained staff, researched curriculum and ongoing communication with parents.

Every student will be in classroom instructed by college certified early childhood teachers with a ratio of 1 teacher to 10 students. The students have a building administrator who has extensive early childhood training as well as complete office staff, a health care provider and district technology support.

Our 4 and 5 year old students have access to a school gym; a library filled with thousands of books for students to checkout; a full computer lab; document cameras in every classroom and small laptop computer; beautiful outdoor playground; snacks and access to transportation; parent support center and classrooms filled with first class learning tools and furniture.

E.N. Swett students and staff invite you to visit us in person and through this web site. You will see why we think E.N. Swett Elementary is such a great place to be!

The School Day

The kindergarten school begins at 8:00 am. Kindergarten student should not be on the school grounds before 7:50 a.m., and they may arrive for our daily free Universal Breakfast program that begins at 7:30 a.m. We say the Pledge of Allegiance at 8:10 a.m. We dismiss daily at 3:05.

Our preschool offers 3 different preschool classes; 8:00 - 11:00 AM, 12noon - 3:00 PM and 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

Tribute to Erman Nathan Swett

E.N. Swett Elementary School, named after Erman Nathan Swett who served as the South Sioux City Superintendent of schools from 1921 through 1955. Erman Nathan Swett was always dressed in his U.S. Army military uniform. He was often called by his nickname, E.N.

Mr. Swett was born August  19, 1890 in Ainsworth Nebraska. He graduated from Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska.  He later received his B.A. from Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln and his Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota. He entered the U.S. Army in 1918 and was discharged in 1919. He served as Superintendent of Schools in Grafton and Homer, Nebraska before coming to South Sioux City.
He and his wife, Bess, moved to Lincoln in 1978 to be closer to their only son Robert. Erman Nathan Swett passed away in May of 1980. 

Erman Nathan Swett loved American history, especially Lewis and Clark. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, woodworking and reading.

Our School Song:

E.N. Swett (E.N. Swett) Is our school (Is our school)
E.N. Swett (E.N. Swett) Kids are cool (Kids are cool)
E.N. Swett (E.N. Swett) Kids are great (Kids are great)
E.N. Swett (E.N. Swett) Is first rate! (Is first rate!)