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Harvard Assessment Surveys

What an excellent independent school can offer that is different from a strong public school:

Dr. Richard J. Light, one of the authors of the Harvard Assessment Surveys, described five areas in which independent school graduates differ significantly from their counterparts from even the best public schools.

Independent school alumni are:

  1. Significantly better in writing preparedness, especially with regard to research papers
  2. Much more likely (450%) to seek out advice from a faculty member
  3. Much more likely to choose the appropriate class level
  4. Much more likely to have better time-management skills
  5. More likely to have a broader world view

US Dept. of Education & National Education Longitudinal Study (NELS)

NELS research findings show how National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) schools and other schools measure up in preparing students for the opportunities and challenges of life in the 21st Century.

NAIS students performed well above their peers in SAT* scores

  • NAIS 72% achieved 1100 or better
  • Catholic 21% achieved 1100 or better
  • Public 20% achieved 1100 or better

*based on 2 sections (math and reading) and a perfect score of 1600

 NAIS Public Opinion Poll ~ Top Ten Characteristics for a Quality School

  1. Safe environment
  2. High quality teachers
  3. Maintaining discipline
  4. Keeping students motivated & enthusiastic about learning
  5. Supporting a climate that says it’s okay to study & excel
  6. Preparing students academically for next school stage
  7. Encouraging parents to participate in their child’s education
  8. Preventing drug & alcohol use
  9. Preparing students for a life in a global economy
  10. Attending to the needs of learning differences

     

     

      



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