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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Mental Health - Creating a sense of Identity

Nurturing student mental and emotional health is rapidly becoming one of the most important issues educators are facing. Emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic, schools have quickly recognized and are developing responses to the increasing challenges regarding student mental and emotional health.

The data on this crisis is compelling coming from both the CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) (2011-2021) as well as the Community and Belonging Survey of Students (2022). In addition, United Educators, which provides liability insurance and other products to 1,600 universities and independent schools, reported in its recent 2022 Top Risks Report that student mental health ranks seventh and made the list for the first time.

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