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“Independent Schools tend to be less homogeneous than public schools and there’s a lot of things outside the classroom you can do with your peers.”

Sean M., Independent School Student

Sean M., Independent School Student

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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.

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Tremendous Opportunities

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

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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Tremendous Opportunities

At its root, "opportunity" means “favorable wind.” More than anything, you want your children to have opportunities in life, to have those favorable winds that will take them where their nature, experiences, passions, and dreams guide them. What kind of opportunities will your child have in independent schools? While each school has its own unique combination of offerings, here are some of the most common and most important.

Students have the opportunity to:

  • ► test themselves against high standards of academic excellence.
  • ► form enduring, meaningful relationships with caring adults;
  • ► try different sports and play on an interscholastic team without being a superstar;
  • ► experience the arts and music as an integral part of education and not as a kind of luxury, subject to the ups and  downs of town budgets;
  • ► learn how to be an effective leader (and there are many kinds of leadership);
  • ► make life-long friends (parents will make them too);
  • ► learn to give of themselves through community service;
  • ► travel with school groups and even study abroad;
  • ► experience a diverse community of students and adults, drawn from a wide range of communities and countries.
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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

“I’ve never been good at sports, but here, even if I’m not good at sports, I’m accepted and people say, “That’s okay. You’ll get better.”

Ari B., Independent School Student

Ari B., Independent School Student

Kids have the opportunity to become an expert on something and share that with the class, and feel like they’re taking command of their own learning versus just being taught to.

Tina F., Independent School Parent

Tina F., Independent School Parent

 

“It’s an incredibly diverse community and the preconceptions you might have about a certain group of people are immediately broken here. It really opens your world up.

Eunice C., Independent School Student

Eunice C., Independent School Student

They have chances to explore and discover and encounter things that they may not be exposed to in any other way.

Dean S., Independent School Parent

Dean S., Independent School Parent