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Commitment to Independence
Independent schools belonging to ISACS share certain fundamental characteristics of purpose, structure, and operation that define a school’s independence. An ISACS school is independent in that it has:
  • Independent incorporation as a not-for-profit institution with clearly stated educational goals and nondiscriminatory policies in admissions and employment.
  • An individually developed mission and philosophy as the foundation for the school’s program.
  • A self-perpetuating Board of Trustees whose role is to plan for the future, to set overall policy, to finance the school (largely through setting tuition and generating charitable giving), and to appoint the head of school.
  • An administration free to implement the mission of the school by designing and articulating its curriculum, hiring and developing a capable and qualified faculty, and admitting those students whom the school determines it can best serve.
  • A commitment to continuous institutional growth and quality manifested by participation in the ISACS septennial accreditation process.

The freedom and accountability embodied within these concepts of the independent school are the source of our independent schools’ greatest strengths and their most important contribution as a model for education.

For the formal ISACS definition of independence, click here.



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