An independent school is a private school, but there are many important distinctions. A private school may be established with a religious indoctrination as the primary objective and education of its children as the secondary objective. An independent school has the education of its children as the primary objective. An independent school is independent in their philosophy, each driven by its mission. Independent schools are managed and financed by its governing Board of Trustees. They are supported through tuition payments and charitable contributions.
They are accountable to their communities and are accredited by state approved accrediting bodies.