What does it mean to be independent? 

The ISAS website explains that independent schools…

  • determine their own missions and are mission-driven
  • have a clearly-stated educational philosophy that is academic in nature
  • are committed to high educational standards
  • are governed by a board of trustees
  • comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws
  • practice non-discriminatory policies
  • demonstrate good faith efforts to diversify the student body, faculty, and staff
  • earn and sustain accreditation from state and regional organizations such as Independent Schools Association of the Southwest
  • are supported primarily by tuition, charitable contributions, and endowment income rather than by taxes or church funds
  • are incorporated as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • offer prospective teachers a wide range of geographic and cultural choices
  • are, most importantly, seeking the very best teachers


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