Our common choice reflects our common priorities.
When your child’s school is both a choice and an investment, you become part of a community of like-minded families. You believe in small classes, individualized attention and a breadth of academic and extracurricular offerings. You want a creative, progressive curriculum designed around the abilities of our particular population of children and the talents of our teachers. You appreciate the impact of high parental involvement on a child’s school experience. You require certainty that your child will not get “lost in the shuffle”.
It is a step in the right direction that around the country we are emphasizing school models like K-8 schools that keep a family -like environment through middle school.... If I could design psychologically safe schools, every elementary school in the United States would go from kindergarten through grade eight and would be no larger than four hundred children. - Michael Thompson, Ph.D. & Catherine O'Neill Grace, Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children
Your hunch, corroborated by research
In The Harvard Assessment Seminars, the renowned series of education papers, Dr. Richard Light described five areas in which independent school graduates differ measurably from their counterparts from even the best public schools.
Independent school alumni are:
- Significantly better in writing preparedness, especially with regard to research papers
- Much more likely (450%) to seek out advice from a faculty member
- Much more likely to choose the appropriate class level
- Much more likely to have better time management skills
- More likely to have a broader world view
Green Vale School continues with the premise that there is no excuse for a private school unless it is a superior educational institution. - Oliver Iselin, Former Board President
The US Department of Education’s National Education Longitudinal Study showed demonstrably greater success from independent school students compared with public school counterparts as measured by the combined math and reading scores on the SAT test. 72% of independent school students achieved 1100 or better while only 20% of public school students achieved at that level.