What Is An Independent School?

There are more than 2,000 independent schools across the country, but what exactly makes them independent? Good question! Independent schools are so named because they are independent in:

  • Philosophy and/or mission
  • Management (by a board of trustees)
  • Finances (in that they are largely supported through tuition payments and philanthropy)

These three factors allow independent schools a great degree of autonomy, often times most notably from government regulations including standardized testing and in the ability to set curricula. For example, St. Anne’s-Belfield School is free from the oversight of any kind of school system and so is able to offer a purposeful Two-Year-Old through Grade 12 curriculum with a mission to inspire and prepare the next generation of exemplary citizens and visionary leaders.

To find out more about independent schools across the nation, visit the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). To find out more about independent schools across the Commonwealth of Virginia, visit the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).

To find out more about the advantages of independent schools generally and St. Anne’s-Belfield School specifically, we invite you to explore our website or contact our Admission team at admission@stab.org.

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