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“I really like the level of community that my school has. You get so much individual attention that you don't just succeed, you thrive.”

Georgia W., Independent School Student

Georgia W., 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.

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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

“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

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

 

“What’s very special about this community is that it’s quite broad and diverse in terms of family, ethnicity, and economic status. Independent Schools recognize that diversity is part of academic excellence. ”

Ming Hui C., Independent School Parent

Ming Hui C., Independent School Parent

There is a sense of community, of intimacy that creates such a positive community. New people sense that people are here to care about you and take care of you.

Betty C., Independent School Teacher

Betty C., Independent School Teacher