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Why Choose an Independent School?

Independent (adj.):  free from the control of others, self-reliant and self-governing.

“As parents, lobby for the kind of teaching and learning this article illustrates because children will be the beneficiaries of it. And the good news for independent schools is that the colleges are confirming…And those kids will need parents who welcome inventiveness they see in their kids when they come home from school.”
~Pat Bassett
Former President of National Association of Independent Schools


Independent schools are generally free to define their mission, program, and values without oversight from the government or a diocese. As an independent school, Evansville Day School enjoys the flexibility to establish our own curriculum and standards. We can be innovative and bold and we can teach, not to tests, but to the skills and content our students will need as future global leaders.
  • High academic standards. Independent schools nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, and encourage critical thinking. Students benefit from being around other talented students who similarly love to learn and seek advanced opportunities.
  • Small classes and individual attention. Independent schools have low student-teacher ratios that encourage close relationships. Evansville Day School’s low student-teacher ratio of 9:1 allows us to know our students, teach to their individual needs, and support their passions.
  • Excellent teachers. The strongest teachers gravitate toward independent schools because they have more autonomy within the classroom and fewer students to work with so they can know better how each student learns and what interests and motivates them.
  • Greater likelihood of a student completing a bachelor’s or graduate degree. One-hundred percent of Evansville Day School graduates go on to college and almost two-thirds pursue advanced degrees.
  • Education for the whole child. Independent schools nurture each student’s intellectual ability and curiosity as well as their personal and social growth and civic conscience. Opportunities extend well beyond the classroom to athletic competitions, artistic pursuits, and leadership experiences.
  • Inclusiveness. Independent Schools value diverse and vibrant student communities and welcome and respect each family. At Evansville Day School, 29% of the student body is multicultural including 41 students from eight countries.
  • 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 for the student.
  • The opportunity to choose a school with a mission. You can select a school whose philosophy, values, and teaching approach is right for your child. And most important: An education that will pay dividends for a lifetime.
  • Evansville Day School is proud to be the only independent school in the tri-state area.  We are a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS)