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 Membership

  • 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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Independent schools are expensive.
Are they worth it?

When my twins graduated from college 13 years ago, I thought my tuition-paying days were over. Four grandchildren later, I am writing checks to schools again — without hesitation. My 47-year career in education, leading both public and independent schools, has convinced me that my educational "return on investment" will have far more power if spent in the early years. It is rare that a student discovers a love of learning after she has been admitted to Yale.


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