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Make the Choice of a Lifetime: Choose an Independent School

Great teachers, interesting classes, and individualized attention. These are just a few of the benefits cited by the families that have chosen independent private schools for their children.

There are approximately 2,000 independent schools across the United States, providing high-quality education to more than 700,000 students from pre-kindergarten through high school.

Although each independent school is guided by a different educational mission, they share a commitment to providing a safe environment in which young people can learn and develop intellectually, physically, and emotionally.

The website of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) offers a list of questions to consider to help you locate the best school for your child. It also provides a school search function to help you find schools that meet your criteria, timelines for admission, and links to school websites and contact information for admissions offices.

The NAIS website, www.nais.org, also provides information about financing an independent school education. Affording a quality education takes some planning, and most families employ several strategies to keep the costs within reach. Some families make use of tuition payment plans, which spread payments out over several months. Many independent private schools also offer need-based financial aid in the form of grants that do not need to be paid back.

The financial aid officers at individual schools are the best source of information about aid. They can explain the full range of options that the school offers and may be able to provide some information on the limited outside funding sources (such as scholarships from community organizations).

For more information about independent private schools, please visit www.nais.org/go/parents.

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NAIS

International School of Boston
45 Matignon Road - Cambridge, MA 02140
Tel: (617) 499-1451
Fax: (617) 499-1454
www.isbos.org
[email protected]
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Green Acres School
Green Acres School
11701 Danville Drive, Rockville, MD 20952
[email protected]
Phone: 301-881-4100 . 888-410-4152
Fax: 301-881-3319
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The Emery/Weiner School
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Commonwealth School
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Detroit Country Day School
22305 West Thirteen Mile Road
22305 West Thirteen Mile Road
Tel: (248) 646-7717
www.dcds.edu
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Community School
900 Lay Road St. Louis, MO 63124
Phone: (314) 991-0005
www.communityschool.com
[email protected]
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Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School
1736 South 10th St.
Philadelphia PA 19148
Tel: 215.465.8437
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Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School
20 Main Street Exeter, NH 03833-2460
Tel: 603.777.3488
Outside NH: 800.828.4325 ext. 3488
[email protected]
http://306.exeter.edu/summer/index.htm
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Indianhead International School
233-3 Hwon-1Dong Uijeongbu City
Gyeonggi-Do
Korea 480-701
Tel: 82.0.31.870.3475
www.iis.or.kr
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