If you are in the middle of deciding which independent school is right for your child and family, then you undoubtedly have a lot going through your mind. Questions about teacher-to-student ratio and college matriculation statistics are probably of the greatest concern, followed closely by questions of cost, transportation, and other logistics.
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The process of choosing and evaluating the different independent school options for your child will undoubtedly vary from school to school. But no matter the schools you are deciding between, most schools require an admission interview. Sometimes this will take place during an already scheduled campus tour; sometimes it will be a standalone event. Whatever the format, one thing is certain: The admissions interview is an important moment and parents may feel anxious about it.
Choosing a school for your child is, undoubtedly, one of the most stressful parts of being a parent. You want to find a school that will challenge your child academically, help them grow socially and emotionally, and, ultimately, set them up for a fulfilling life.
But it’s also important for parents to realize that finding a school is stressful for the child as well. Your child, especially if they are older, is worrying about all of the same things that you are—their future, their academics—but also different things. Will they make new friends? Will they stay in touch with old friends? Will they be accepted for who they are? Will they make you proud?
Choosing the school that your child is ultimately going to attend can be a nerve-wracking experience. The school you pick for your children will be the place they spend most of their waking hours. The culture and the curriculum are sure to have a big impact on them, and you want to make sure that you’re making the right choice!
While it might be easy to narrow down your options to a certain type of school—say, an independent school over a public school—directly comparing your options within a specific category can be overwhelming.
If you are a parent, then you understand just how important it is to make sure you are choosing the right education for your child. Whether that means attending a public, private, or independent school will of course vary from student to student and family to family, because no one option will work for everyone.
That said, attending an independent school might be just what your child needs in order to bloom into an intelligent, confident leader in today’s world. Below, we discuss what we believe are the 10 most important reasons that you should consider an independent school education for your child.