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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 area in which independent school graduates differ significantly 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

 
US Dept. of Education &
National Education Longitudinal Study (NELS)
NELS research findings show greater success of  NAIS schools versus other schools in preparing students for the opportunities and challenges of life in the 21st century. 
NAIS students performed well above their NELS 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 perfect score of 1600
 
National Association of Independent Schools Public Opinion Poll
Top Ten Characteristics for a Quality School
1.      Safe environment
2.      High quality teachers
3.      Maintaining discipline
4.      Keeping students motivated and enthusiastic about learning
5.      Supporting a climate that says it’s okay to study and excel
6.      Preparing students academically for next school stage
7.      Encouraging parents to participate in their child’s education
8.      Preventing drug and alcohol use
9.      Preparing students for a life in a global economy
10.  Attending to the needs of learning differences



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