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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUmE 16 — IssUE 1 64 independent schools Independent School Options by stuart james NCAIS recommends asking the following questions of each school on your list: • What are the school's mission, philosophy, and values? • What is the quality of the faculty? • Is the school accredited? • How large are classes? • Is there a climate that supports student achievement? • Are parent participation and involvement encouraged? • What are the extracurricular oferings and level of student participation in them? Many parents are concerned that they won't be able to aford tuition at a reputable independent school. However, according to NCAIS, most independent schools are committed to working with families to help them meet the costs and fnancial programs are widely available. [] For many newcomers, choosing a new home, a new bank, and a new physician are all at the top of the to-do list when relocating. Perhaps the most important choice, however, and for good reason, is choosing a school for the kids. You will have a wealth of options to choose from in the Triad as the area boasts some of the top schools, both public and private, in the state. Independent schools are popular options these days as many ofer smaller classes than public schools. This ensures a better teacher-to-student ratio and more interaction with students. These schools also ofer the ability to customize your child's education based on a specifc philosophy that refects your personal beliefs and preferences. These schools are designed to accommodate student achievement and aim to teach habits of life-long learning and community service. Tuition at most of the independent schools in the Triad area is reasonable, given the benefts and personalized attention that each school ofers. Many independent schools in the state are members of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS), a group that encompasses more than 3,800 teachers serving approximately 38,000 students. According to NCAIS, independent schools hold students to high standards, which encourages excellence in both academics and personal development. Also, teachers have the freedom to be creative and develop fexible teaching methods to accommodate individual styles. "Every student deserves the education that best meets his or her particular needs, and those of his or her family," said one Triad school administrator. "Public schools are charged with accommodating all comers, and are challenged to do all things well. Private schools have greater freedom to ofer a more specialized curriculum and culture, so that families have more options in fnding a learning community that shares their values and goals." "One of the best features of independent schools is the small class size that allows for a stronger emphasis on teacher student ratio. Students are able to learn at their own pace with individual guidance and attention from the teacher. Another advantage independent schools ofer is a stable environment centered on each individual student's learning." When choosing an independent school, it is often helpful to ask a range of questions to prepare you for making your decision. According to NCAIS, you will fnd a number of options from which to choose, including various grade level ranges, day and boarding schools, co-educational and single-sex schools, a variety of religious afliations, and schools serving students with special needs.

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