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Independent Education

boys in classroomThe first question many parents ask themselves as they begin to research schools for their child is "Why attend an independent school?

The reasons cited over and over again by the 550,000 families who send their children to independent schools include individual attention, small classes, teacher excellence, and high academic standards. But, the main reason families consider independent schools can be summarized in one word: Quality. They want, quite simply, the best for their sons and daughters.

The National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS), conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, confirms what independent school families have known for years.

At independent schools:
  • Larger percentages of students are enrolled in advanced courses than in public, parochial, and other private schools.
  • Students watch only two-thirds as much television;
  • Students are significantly more likely to participate in varsity or intramural sports; and
  • Students are more likely to agree that students and teachers get along well, discipline is fair, and teaching is good.
 
We invite you to come visit. Meet our scholars, leaders, and citizens in action. Observe our teachers and talk to our Head of School. As you walk through our halls and talk with members of our community, we are confident you will see and feel the difference an independent education can make.

Please contact Sally D. Horner, Director of Advancement, to arrange a personal tour. We look forward to meeting you.