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There is the opportunity for explicit consideration of the moral dimension for instilling the value of community, and building a community within the classroom.

Dean S., Independent School Teacher

Dean S., Independent School Teacher

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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.

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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.

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 and want to be part of a community where everyone shares the same goals. Independent schools are committed to being the kinds of communities that provide a sense of common values and purpose and welcome everyone.

You'll feel it during the admission process. You'll feel it on parents' night and at your parent-teacher conferences. You'll feel it on the soccer field, in the theater, at the bake sale, in the dining hall and dorms, at the student art show and at the concerts. You'll feel it at all the different events schools plan to bring the community together.

Independent schools want you to be active participants in the community, to actively engage in the life of the school. Every school will have a wealth of volunteer opportunities, from chaperoning to fund-raising to helping the school get greener.

Schools believe that the strongest communities are those that value and include differences. Independent schools don't want to be places where everyone looks and thinks the same. Working purposefully to become more diverse, schools understand that welcoming difference enriches the community, enhances learning and makes schools more accurate reflections of the world in which we live.

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

“What has stood out is that there really is a sense of community. It’s not just our kids’ school, it’s our family’s school. We all feel equally valued and included. ”

Bill D., Independent School Parent

Bill D., Independent School Parent

“One thing that makes the community really work well here is the level of acceptance, the level at which we embrace differences.”

Sarah B., Independent School Teacher

Sarah B., Independent School Teacher

 

“We really make an effort to reach out to new families and get them involved and make them feel welcomed. ”

Amy C., Independent School Parent

Amy C., Independent School Parent

“We’re very intentional about making this school its own community. 'Elitism' suggests everyone is the same, but that’s not true here. We cut across social, racial, and geographical lines.”

Julian B., Director of Community and Multicultural Affairs

Julian B., Director of Community and Multicultural Affairs