The article below was originally published on the National Association of Independent Schools‘ (NAIS) web site.
As many families are considering their options among a number of school choices, here’s a nice overview of the benefits of an independent school education.
What makes an independent school worth the trouble of applying and paying the expense to enroll your child?
High academic standards. Independent schools nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, and encourage critical thinking. A larger percentage of students at independent schools are enrolled in advanced courses than in public, parochial, and other private schools.
Small classes and individual attention. Independent schools have low student-teacher ratios that encourage close connections with students. The median ratio in NAIS schools in 2011-12 was 8.8 students to 1 teacher (meaning that half have a higher ratio and half have a lower ratio).
Excellent teachers. They usually teach in their areas of…