Why Independent School

tetherIndependent schools are private, pre-collegiate schools with their own unique missions. The vast majority are non-profit organizations governed by Boards of Trustees. As such, they rely on tuition, charitable contributions and (in some cases) income from an endowment. Independent schools are high quality institutions that, though private, are publicly accountable to parents, the wider community, and accrediting associations.

As parents, you have the opportunity to select a school with a mission that fits with your values and is right for your child. In doing so, you will help prepare your child for successful, rewarding experiences in high school, college and in life.

At the core of Triangle Day School’s mission are a comfortable setting, a rigorous curriculum, a dedicated and caring faculty, and a warm community. In this setting, we foster intellectual engagement, enthusiasm for learning, creativity in thinking, and respect for all.

Research suggests that independent schools:

  • Are close-knit communities
  • Provide individualized attention for students and smaller classes
  • Are staffed with high-quality and committed teachers
  • Offer hands-on learning opportunities
  • Provide educational experiences extending beyond the classroom
  • Are full of actively engaged parents
  • Are supportive learning environments

In 1988, The National Center for Education Statistics began the National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS), tracking 8th graders over time. Data suggest that students attending a school belonging to NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) enjoy much success, satisfaction, and civic engagement in life:

NAIS Public
Percentage of students earning a 4-year degree by 2000 76.3% 38.1%
Percentage of students earning a post-graduate degree by age 30 55% 22%
Percentage of students who complete regular community service 32% 22%
Percentage of students who voted in the last election 75% 57%

Source: National Educational Longitudinal Study

Additionally, NAIS students report doing more homework, watching less television, and participating on more athletic teams than students in public school. Finally, graduates of NAIS schools report very strong job satisfaction (91%).

In North Carolina, approximately 40,000 students attend a school belonging to the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS). In 2013, NCAIS students scored, on average, 229 points higher than their public school counterparts on the SAT (72 points higher on Critical Reading; 70 points higher in Math; 87 points higher in Writing). In addition:

  • 20% of NCAIS students receive financial assistance.
  • NCAIS students performed more than 250,000 hours of community service last year.
  • Close to 100% of NCAIS students enroll in a four-year college or university.

Please click on the link below to learn more about the value of an independent school education.

Values Added: The Lifelong Returns of an Independent School Education

To read more about independent schools, please visit www.nais.org.