An independent school is run independently by its own board of trustees and finances. Often called private schools, public schools, nonprofit, privately run, or nongovernmental schools, they are operated independently of government, local and state governments.
The most common independent school choice is private religious schools, but they do not have to be religious. Most independent schools offer a wide variety of educational opportunities, including Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religious instruction and study; public education for those with disabilities, such as autism, dyslexia, etc., vocational programs, vocational training, and career options such as nursing.
Another independent choice is a public school that serves a disadvantaged family or neighborhood. This is another area where the educational options are varied and there is usually a great deal of diversity in terms of ethnic and racial backgrounds.
As mentioned earlier, an independent school may operate out of a neighborhood rather than a public school district. In the case of a neighborhood school, students who live in the neighborhood attend the school rather than go to a school within the district. There is some competition between local neighborhoods for students, but there is also a greater possibility for success because some neighborhoods excel in academic achievement while others struggle. Schools operating from neighborhoods are very likely to have a larger number of talented students.
If you are looking for a private school with a religious focus, the first thing you need to do is look at the list of schools operated by the religious denomination. If you can’t find a religious institution on the list, you may want to check out independent schools that are located near a church, synagogue, mosque or other place of worship. You could also look at independent schools located in the vicinity of the same religion.
You can even look for independent schools that are adjacent to your home, because you could easily drop off and pick up your children or have them pick up your children at a nearby location. Independent schools can be great learning opportunities for your children.
You can also use an independent school as a stepping stone to another type of school. If you decide that you want to go to a traditional school, you can attend classes at the independent school to get your degree, and then transfer to a traditional school if you have chosen one that interests you.
Many private schools have special programs that are geared toward people with disabilities. These programs are typically available only if the independent school is within a large metropolitan area.
Private schools offer many advantages over public education. They are generally smaller than public schools and are less expensive. Private schools are less subject to budget cuts because they do not have to pay for extra teachers and administrative costs like public schools do. Independent schools do not have to pay taxes or rent school buildings.