Unlike private or parochial schools, independent schools are supported by tuition, charitable contributions, and endowment income rather than by taxes or church funds. As an independent school, Coast Episcopal School is governed by a Board of Trustees rather than being controlled by the government, a diocese, or a for-profit entity. Independent schools define their own mission and teach what the school and teachers deem important, rather than being limited to state curricular, state textbook, and state testing mandates. Coast Episcopal School is governed by a Board of Trustees, is accredited and approved by SAIS/SACS, and holds a non-profit 501(c)(3) status.
TOP TEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
• Independent schools provide an atmosphere in which academic achievement is valued and intellectual curiosity is contagious.
• Independent school teachers are marked with initiative and drive in an environment where they can make a difference. Their commitment to and enthusiasm for continually exploring their subject matter model the life-long love of learning.
• A strong, faculty-driven curriculum is the core of independent school structure, coupled with the nurturing of individual interests, talents, and learning styles of the students.
• A mutual trust exists between the faculty and the students in independent schools because of the close teacher-student relationship both inside the classroom and in other co-curricular activities.
• The close relationship that exists among the administration, faculty, students, parents and alumni of independent schools creates a community in which the school is an extension of the family and provides a safe environment where students can explore ideas and make good choices.
• Communication between teachers and families in independent schools is routinely maintained regarding the progress of each student.
• Activities in independent schools are student-driven; students are encouraged not only to become involved with activities, but also to assume leadership roles in a variety of opportunities, from athletics to performing arts. This participation helps to build self-esteem and to create balance.
• Self-discipline, responsibility, and self-motivation are achieved through the nurturing and order that exists in an independent school.
• Respecting the dignity of every human being is the center of the independent school community. The values and standards that are upheld in independent schools provide the moral framework for development of character and quality of life.
• Typically, approximately 90% of the operating budget is dependent upon tuition dollars.