Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What is an independent school?

Traditionally, the term “independent school” has referred to an open educational community that is independent in finance, governance, and curriculum: independent in finance in that the school charges tuition and does not rely on government funding or a few generous donors; independent in governance in that the board of trustees is free to make decisions about school mission and policy on a truly democratic basis; and independent in curriculum in that the very best thinking in each discipline is taught in a free market of ideas guided by intellectual rigor and creative imagination. Independence allows a school to effectively approach each new opportunity and challenge with an open-mind and innovative spirit not constrained by presuppositions or bias. Independent schools are typically communities that recognize and welcome all responsible citizens in an inclusive way.

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