Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Why Choose Greensboro Day School?

Greensboro Day School is one of over 2,000 independent schools from across the United States who are members of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). In all, these schools provide a high-quality of education to over 700,000 students from preschool through high school. Each of the NAIS schools has its own mission and purpose and is held accountable by a board of trustees and high accreditation standards. They are called “independent” because they do not receive government support and are supported by tuition, donations and endowments.

Research indicates that independent schools are successful because they provide:
  • High-quality and committed teachers
  • Close-knit communities 
  • Hands-on learning opportunities
  • Educational experiences beyond the classroom
  • Actively engaged parents
  • Supportive learning environments
  • Provide a high degree of safety
  • Individualized attention for students
Recent studies, and those from a 2004 NAIS report, indicate that families chose independent schools because of these reasons along with small classes, excellent teachers and high academic standards. Overall, families believe that independent schools will provide high-quality, well-rounded experiences for their children. Along with high academic standards families report that their children also prosper from opportunities to extend their learning in core subject areas, electives, athletics, fine and performing arts and later,  in life.

The U.S. Department of Education, through its conducting of the National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS), came to the conclusion that independent school students enroll in more advanced courses than their counterparts in pubic, parochial and other private schools.  They also found that independent school students:

·  Do twice as much homework as their counterparts
·  Watch only two-thirds as much television
·  Are significantly more likely to participate in varsity or intramural sports
·  Are more likely to agree that students and teachers get along well, discipline is fair and teaching is good.

While all independent schools set high standards and emphasize values, each provides a unique educational program based on its mission and theory of educational practice.

Recent reports indicate a slight drop in enrollment at many independent schools. We are thrilled to report that Greensboro Day School remains strong in both enrollment and financial stability. Our number one priority is to remain constant in our academic and extracurricular offerings. While many local private and public schools are cutting resources and programs, we continue to offer the most challenging academic program in the area, balanced with an award winning arts program and competitive athletics. 

If you would like to learn more about the value of an independent school education, you might enjoy some of these links:

If you would like to learn more about Greensboro Day School, click here.

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