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Why Choose Independent Schools?

What is an independent school?

An independent school is a pre-collegiate, non-profit learning institution governed by a board of trustees and supported by tuition revenue, charitable contributions, and endowment income. There are more than 2,000 independent schools, each with its own distinct mission, vision, values, and methods of teaching. Accreditation standards for independent schools are rigorous and are validated by a national commission.

Independent Schools . . .

Set high academic standards and encourage excellence
Motivate students to be enthusiastic, creative learners
Offer small classes that allow teachers to know students well, understand the way they learn, provide individualized attention, and establish    the foundation for critical thought
Attract and employ well-educated and trained faculty members who are dedicated to their students and passionate about teaching
Allow students to maximize their potential
Create nurturing, caring communities that foster teamwork, interpersonal skills, and character development
See parents as vital partners in the education of their children
Inspire artists, musicians, thespians, and athletes by extending the learning environment beyond the traditional classroom
Promote civility and ethics by preparing students to be competent, caring leaders who will serve a global community







Santa Barbara Independent Schools: Anacapa School  •   Bishop Garcia Diego High School  •  
Crane Country Day School  •   El Montecito School  •   Garden Street Academy  •   Howard School  •  
The Knox School of Santa Barbara •   Laguna Blanca School  •   Marymount of Santa Barbara  •   Montessori Center School  •  
Providence, a Christian School  •   Santa Barbara Middle School  •   Santa Barbara Montessori School  •   The Waldorf School of Santa Barbara

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