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The Independent School Advantage

What does it mean to be an “Independent School”?

Independent schools are governed by a board of trustees, not a public school board. They are primarily supported by tuition payments, charitable contributions, and endowment revenue. Independent school teachers have the freedom to create educational experiences that meet each child’s needs, without state mandates on curriculum, textbooks, and testing.


Mission-driven education

Whether co-ed or single sex, day school or boarding school, each independent school is driven by its own unique philosophy, values, and approach to teaching.


High academic standards

Independent schools nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, encourage critical thinking, and promote a lifelong love of learning. More students in independent schools enroll in advanced courses than in public, parochial, and other private schools.


Small classes that allow for individual attention

Low student-teacher ratios encourage close connections between instructors and students.


Excellent teachers

Independent school instructors usually teach in their areas of expertise. They strive to develop a full understanding of each student’s learning style, interests, and motivation. Graduates of independent schools have a greater likelihood of completing a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree.


Education for the whole child

In addition to academics, independent schools also nurture students’ personal and social growth and civic conscience.



Independent schools foster diverse and vibrant student communities that welcome and respect every family.


Active Parental Involvement

Independent schools promote regular communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals. As a parent, you can actively engage in your student’s education, because the staff and teachers want and value your participation.

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