• 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 2012-2013 was 8.6 students to 1 teacher.

• Excellent teachers. They usually teach in their areas of expertise and are passionate about what they do. With more autonomy within the classroom, teachers are able to develop a full understanding of how each student learns and what interests and motivates each individually.

• Greater likelihood of a student completing a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree.

• Education for the whole child. Independent schools nurture not just students’ intellectual ability and curiosity but also their personal and social growth and civic conscience. Opportunities extend well beyond the classroom to athletic competitions, artistic pursuits, and school leadership experiences.

• Inclusiveness. Independent Schools maintain diverse and vibrant student communities and welcome and respect each family. Students of color make up 26% of Oak Hill’s student population for the 2016-2017 school year.

• A community of parents who actively participate in their children’s education. Independent schools promote regular communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals for the student.

• The opportunity to choose a school with a mission. You can select a school whose philosophy, values, and teaching approach is right for your child.

• And most important: An education that will pay dividends for a lifetime.

Reposted from National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) website.