Frequently asked questions

What is an independent school? How does it differ from a private school?

Often times, the terms private and independent are used interchangeably. It is important to understand the difference so you know how the schools are funded. Independent schools are private schools that are overseen by a board of governors or trustees. Essentially, they do not use tax dollars towards curriculum, facility improvements, salaries....Nada! They are primarily supported by tuition, donations and endowment revenue. When we begin working together, we can discuss how you inquire about this during your interviews. In comparison, a private school does not receive public funding from its state government, but can be governed by any outside entity, from nonprofit organizations to churches to for-profit corporations.

What are the different types of independent schools?

I think one of the more exciting parts of this process is that you get to learn more about various types of educational institutions. There are so many types of school to choose:

  1. Single-sex
  2. Co-educational
  3. International
  4. Learning Difference
  5. Catholic
  6. Non-Catholic Religious
  7. Boarding
The key is finding out which school is the best fit for you!

Can I afford an independent school?

I understand the concern! Deciding to enroll in a private school is a substantial financial undertaking that should be thoroughly thought about before pursuing - tuitions are pricey! However, a valuable distinction worth noting is that most independent schools have sizeable endowments that commit a specific dollar amount or percentage to financial aid packages. Just apply!

What does this mean for my child's learning if the school is governed by a Board of Trustees?

It means they will have one of the most rewarding learning experiences! Since independent schools are not governed by any city, state, or government mandates, there is freedom in their apporach to the students educational experience. You will noticeable differences in some of the following:

  1. Curriculum
  2. Emphasis on a mission-driven educational philosophy
  3. Class size
  4. Learning support resources
  5. Financial resources