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ERIC Number: ED493599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Independent Schools: Preparing Students for Achievement in College and Beyond. Key Findings from the Freshman Survey Trends Report
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) (NJ)
Every year, the families of more than half a million students in America choose independent schools (private, nonprofit schools that are governed by boards of trustees). There are more than 1,200 independent schools in the US that belong to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and each is unique in terms of its mission and culture. This diversity of school types allows families to choose the environment that best meets the needs of each individual child. Most independent schools offer rigorous academic courses within closeknit communities. This environment helps children and adolescents develop into adults who are well-prepared to face the challenges of college and adult life. A partnership between NAIS and the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) has enabled researchers to study the attitudes and aspirations of recent independent school graduates as they compare to their larger peer group. These findings offer insights into the ways independent schools help their students succeed: (1) Independent school graduates are committed to achievement. They have high educational aspirations and work hard to achieve their goals; (2) Independent school graduates are comfortable working closely with teachers and are more engaged in class; (3) Independent school graduates are engaged in civic life--They are far more likely to vote in elections and to volunteer in their communities; and (4) Independent school graduates pursue active and educational leisure-time activities. (Contains 5 graphs.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Independent Schools, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A