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Why Choose an Independent School?

Why do families choose independent schools for their children? Many cite the intimate school size and setting, individualized attention, and high academic standards. The National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS), conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, confirms what independent school families have known for years: Compared to students in public, parochial, and other private schools, larger percentages of students in independent schools are enrolled in advanced courses. Independent school students:

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• do twice as much homework as their counterparts;
• watch only two-thirds as much television;
• are significantly more likely to participate in varsity or intramural sports; and
• are more likely to agree that students and teachers get along well, 
          discipline is fair, and teaching is good.

Other longitudinal research confirms the wisdom of choosing an independent school. Roughly speaking, students from independent schools are twice as likely to:

• take Algebra I and foreign language in the eighth grade;
• enroll in an Advanced Placement course as a sophomore;
• have a teacher who has graduated from a most selective college;
• complete pre-calculus or higher level of mathematics; and
• participate in extracurricular sports, arts, academics, and community service.
The patterns indicated above begin in our elementary schools, which place a strong emphasis on creating a positive learning climate for each child. The patterns are sustained through our middle and upper schools, where children are encouraged and expected to do well academically and urged to participate in extracurricular activities.

Why are these patterns important? Because they reflect two critical elements that make independent school students well prepared for college and for life: mastery of a serious academic program and being a “player.”

- Patrick F. Bassett
President, National Association of Independent Schools

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