Why Choose an Independent School Education?

The phrase good school has limitations. Good schools are not merely places where students learn, for learning is a neutral term. Students can learn things of value in a school, but they can also learn to be uninterested in the tasks required of them and disengaged from the joy of learning. Learning in school will always occur; directing it toward desirable attitudes and outcomes is the major purpose and challenge of formal education. Connecticut’s independent schools have a long history of meeting that challenge; instilling a love of learning in students and preparing graduates for success in citizenship and careers in the 21st Century.

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Benefits of CAIS

  • Legislative representation that safeguards independence of member schools
  • Rigorous and proven accreditation process
  • Personalized professional staff support for individual schools
  • Professional development offerings that are grounded in best practice and responsive to current and future needs of independent schools
  • Prominent representation and recognition at the national level
  • Networking opportunities within a broad range of independent schools
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The Old and New Normal: Changes to Carry Forward and Leave Behind

Much has been made of the very real human desire to “return to normal” in the post-pandemic world.

This is due in part to the incredible restraint we all showed throughout the pandemic as things we considered normal—a haircut, dinner out, church, synagogue—all stopped.

Schools became essential players in community health, and this meant regularly communicating  boundaries determined by public health officials and then enforcing them, often when these procedures were not immediately appreciated or in some cases faced fierce resistance.

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