Q: What is an independent school?

A: Independent schools are private, pre-collegiate learning institutions that are:
•    Governed by independent boards of trustees
•    Publicly accountable to parents, communities, and the agencies that accredit them
•    Each guided by a unique mission that upholds high standards of educational quality

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Q:  How are independent schools monitored and accredited?

A:  Most AIMS member schools are accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, ISACS.  ISACS develops and provides the highest standards of educational excellence even as it strives to preserve the freedom of each school to practice its own theory and philosophy of education.  

Q:  Why would I consider an independent school for my child?

A: Small classes in which teachers know the students as individuals and serve as role models/guides
•  Personal, customized education.  Teachers have individual flexibility in curriculum development.
•  Challenging course work, often taught by specialists in the field, and a wide-ranging choice of elective and special classes
•  Close-knit communities with high expectations for the academic and personal success of their students
•  Firm commitment to an emotionally and physically safe environment
•  Diverse community offering the opportunity to explore our differences and our similarities
•  Partnership of home and school with an emphasis on communication

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