Independent School Advantage
Elgin Academy is an independent school, not a private school.
What it means to be an independent school:
Independent schools are independent in philosophy: each is driven by a unique mission.
Independent schools offer a transformative educational experience that empowers students by instilling traits or characteristics that open up future possibilities for students.
Independent schools are non-profit schools without ties to any public, parochial, or commercial entity.
Independent schools are governed by an independent board of trustees and each is primarily supported through tuition payments, charitable contributions, and endowment revenue.
Independent schools in Illinois are accountable to their families and are accredited by the Independent School Association of Central States (ISACS), a regional association of like schools.
Why choose an Independent school for your child?
Independent schools are independent in the truest sense of the word.
- Teachers have the freedom to create educational experiences that meet each child’s needs, without state mandates on curriculum, textbooks, and testing.
Independent schools have high academic standards and nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, encourage critical thinking, and promote a lifelong love of learning.
- More students in independent schools enroll in advanced courses than in public, parochial, and other private schools.
Small classes in independent schools allow for individual attention. Low student-teacher ratios encourage close connections between instructors and students.
- The median ratio in NAIS schools, according to recent statistics, was 8.6 students to each teacher.
Independent school teachers usually teach in their areas of expertise. They strive to develop a full understanding of each student’s learning style, interests, and motivation.
- Graduates of independent schools have a greater likelihood of completing a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree.
In addition to academics, independent schools also nurture students’ personal and social growth and civic conscience.
- Outside the classroom, students participate in school-sponsored athletic competitions, artistic pursuits, and leadership experiences.
Independent schools foster diverse and vibrant student communities that welcome and respect every family.
- Students of color were 26 percent of independent school enrollment, while 3.2 percent of students were from other countries, according to 2015-2016 statistics.
In an independent school, a community of parents actively participate in their children’s education. Independent schools promote regular communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals.
- As a parent, you can actively engage in your student’s education, because the staff and teachers want and value your participation.