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This is a school where everybody knows your name. The teachers are excellent! They are able to help the students master the material but they’re also able to build upon and explore the student’s interests.

Valora W, Independent School Parent

Valora W, Independent School Parent

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Four Great Reasons

Great Teachers

You remember forever the great teachers, the ones who went out of their way to know you, support you, and encourage you to do things you didn’t think you could do.

Tremendous Opportunities

At its root, "opportunity" means “favorable wind.”More than anything, you want your children to have opportunities in life.

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Nurturing Every Student

Ask parents with kids in independent schools what they most value about the school, and they almost always say that they love the personal attention their child receives.

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Welcoming Communities

Families go to independent schools not because of an accident of geography, but because they identify with the school's mission, beliefs and dedication to excellence in education.

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Values Added: The Lifelong Returns of an Independent School Education

A report from the National Educa­tional Longitudinal Study funded by the U.S. Department of Education

Great Teachers

You remember forever the great teachers, the ones who went out of their way to know you, support you, and encourage you to do things you didn't think you could do. We still feel, even decades later, the affection and gratitude they inspired in us. Of course, there are good and great teachers everywhere, but independent schools intentionally create an environment where good teachers can become great teachers.

How does a school do that? You start by hiring the best teachers you can find and then you…

  • Create small classes.
  • Give teachers the autonomy to shape the program to suit the needs and interests of the particular group of students within the structure of your mission and values.
  • Provide funds for professional development.
  • Reward innovation and growth.
  • Nurture the qualities you prize, such as deep knowledge of subject and teaching, dedication, passion, and the capacity to engage and inspire
  • Free them from the constraints created by over-dependence on standardized testing to measure achievement and aptitude.
  • Help them build real partnerships with parents.

Independent school teachers understand that knowing their students is a prerequisite for becoming a great teacher.

For more about independent schools go to the Parents' Guide of the National Association of Independent Schools.

See What Independent School Community Members Have to Say

“You have freedom to develop your own curriculum and do the things you’re passionate about. Independent School teachers accept that a lot is going to be expected of them, but the returns are great, especially seeing the kids improve.”

David B., Independent School Teacher

David B., Independent School Teacher

I’ve been very impressed with the teachers' patience and their ability to be very positive all the time.

Erica C, Independent School Parent

Erica C, Independent School Parent

 

“I love working with students who are as passionate about their studies as about their sports or their friendships.”

Helen S., Independent School Teacher

Helen S., Independent School Teacher

As passionate as families are about their children, we are equally passionate about helping their children grow as learners and thinkers.”

Mimi M., Independent School Teacher

Mimi M., Independent School Teacher