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All the teachers really know our kids as individuals and that’s most evidenced in the reports that they write…The teachers not only know our children academically; they know them socially and emotionally.

Bill D, Independent School Parent

Bill D, 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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Teaching in an Independent School

Career Center: Guide to Teaching in an Independent School

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

"At independent schools, teachers care so much more about what they’re doing and about me. They really want me to understand what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. I really do have fun in class every day because the teachers are amazing."

Georgia W., Independent School Student

Georgia W., Independent School Student

“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

 

“Just feeling that they care about you and want you to be there, makes you feel special and that makes the class awesome.”

Anissa M, Independent School Student

Anissa M, Independent School Student

“Teachers here are really good at getting you motivated and into what you’re learning.”

Tori P, Independent School Student

Tori P, Independent School Student