What Are Independent Schools?

Independent schools share a commitment to educational excellence in safe, supportive environments. They have high expectations for every student, regardless of ability.

Independent schools are non-profit, private schools that are governed by lay boards of directors, independently financed, and have non-discrimination policies in admissions and employment. They serve many different types of students using many different educational strategies, providing families with a wide range of educational options.

As independent institutions, they are largely unencumbered by the regulatory strictures of public education, allowing them to address students’ needs in innovative ways.

As a result, independent schools often play key roles in economic development. In the Washington region, they save public school systems hundreds of millions of dollars in expenses. And they are seen as powerful executive-recruiting tools by many major corporations, helping to draw top talent to the region.

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