Why choose an Independent School?
Independence in the truest sense of the word.
Independent schools are governed by a board of trustees, not a public school board. They are primarily supported by tuition payments, charitable contributions, and endowment revenue.
Independent school teachers have the freedom to create educational experiences that meet each child’s needs, without state mandates on curriculum, textbooks, and testing.
Whether co-ed or single-sex, day school or boarding school, each independent school is driven by its own unique philosophy, values, and approach to teaching.
LMAIS Schools represent 40 independent schools in the Chicago metropolitan area and northwest Indiana educating students from 2yrs – 12th grade. Selecting a school
High academic standards.
Independent schools nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, encourage critical thinking, and promote a lifelong love of learning.
Independent schools work to take each student to their highest potential through personalized attention and a commitment to growth.
Small classes that allow for individual attention.
Low student-teacher ratios promote close and lasting connections between educators and students.
The average student-teacher ratio at LMAIS schools is 8:1
Independent school educators are afforded opportunities to teach in their areas of expertise. They strive to develop a full understanding of each student’s learning style, interests, and motivation.
Expertise and commitment to student-centered learning is a hallmark of independent school educators.
Education for the whole child.
In addition to academics, independent schools also nurture students’ personal and social growth and civic conscience.
Outside the classroom, students participate in school-sponsored athletic competitions, artistic pursuits, and leadership experiences. These activities are considered co-curricular not extracurricular as they are important to identity formation and student engagement.
Independent schools foster diverse and vibrant student communities that welcome and respect every family.
Students of color represent 33.3 percent of LMAIS schools, with 3.4 percent international students.
A community of parents who actively participate in their children’s education.
Independent schools promote regular communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals.
As a parent, you can actively engage in your student’s education, because the staff and teachers want and value your participation.
NAIS Adaptation – The Independent School Advantage