DEFINING INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
An independent school is an autonomous nonprofit learning institution that is governed by a Board of Trustees. Its day-to-day activities are administered by a Head of School. An independent school is free to select and keep its students, teachers, and curriculum in the manor that best meets its mission. While most independent schools are co-ed, they can be an all-girls or all-boys school. Some independent schools are boarding schools while others are day schools. They can have grades that range anywhere between 1st to 12th grade and some just offer services for Pre-K and younger. Independent schools receive their revenues through tuition, charitable contributions, fundraising, and endowments. Often, the terms "independent schools" and "private schools" are used interchangeably but know that there is a slight difference. "Private schools" include parochial and independent schools. Independent schools stand alone. They do not receive any money from religious organizations or the government.
Independent schools typically offer more rigorous classes with smaller student-to-teacher ratios. The students tend to progress quickly and benefit from positive peer pressure. Parents' participation is encouraged and welcomed.