This article is adapted from NAIS.org
- Independence in the truest sense of the word. Independent schools are governed by a board of trustees, not a public school board. They are primarily supported by tuition payments, charitable contributions, alternative revenue streams, and endowment revenue.
- 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 in their students.
- Small classes that allow for individual attention. Low student-teacher ratios encourage close connections between instructors and students. In 2015-2016, the median ratio in NAIS schools was 8.6 students to each teacher. At an Independent School, your child will be truly known by every one of their Teachers and Administrators and receive individual attention in their academics and other areas of growth and development.
- Excellent and highly qualified teachers. Independent school Faculty teach in their areas of expertise and often hold advanced degrees and years of experience teaching before they are even hired. 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 their civic conscience. Outside the classroom, students participate in school-sponsored athletic competitions, artistic pursuits, leadership experiences,and more.
- Inclusiveness, diversity, and cultural competence. Independent schools foster diverse and vibrant student communities that welcome and respect every family. In 2015-2016, students of color were 26 percent of independent school enrollment, while 3.2 percent of students were from other countries.
- A community of families who actively participate in their children’s education. Independent schools promote regular communication among students, faculty, and school to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals.
For more information about Independent Schools, visit the National Association of Independent Schools at www.nais.org for resources, articles, Principles of Good Practice, and more!