Why An Independent School?

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We value our independence. 
Investment in elementary, middle, and high school prepares students for a lifetime of academic and career success. Moreover, independent and private schools can provide expertise in securing funding for college when the time comes.
What is an independent school?
Independent schools are private, nonprofit schools that serve students in pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle, and/or high school. These schools are covered by independent boards of trustees and each school has a unique mission and culture. Sandia Prep is accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS). We are also a founding member of the Independent Curriculum Group. 
  • A larger percentage of students at independent schools are enrolled in advanced courses than in public, parochial, and other private schools.

  • Independent school students have a greater likelihood of a student completing a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree.

  • Independent schools have low student-teacher ratios that encourage close connections with students.
Graduates from independent schools are more likely to do the following:
Nearly 100% of graduates of independent schools that belong to the National Association of Independent Schools go to college. See what our alumni have to say about their experience at Sandia Prep and how it prepared them for college and beyond.

NAIS students on average score 293 points higher than other students.

76% of NAIS students say their schoolwork makes them curious to learn more (compared to 61% of public school students) and 74% enjoy tasks that require a lot of mental effort (compared to 59%).

NAIS grads are more than three times as likely to attend top-ranked universities or liberal arts colleges than
graduates of other high schools.

42% of NAIS graduates conducted research with a professor in college (compared to 35% of public school graduates) and 42% worked on a long-term project (compared to 32%).

In their first year of college, NAIS grads are more likely to have learned to ask questions in class, integrate skills/knowledge, and support opinions with logical arguments.

77% of NAIS grads complete college on time, compared to 64% of public school grads.

More than three-quarters of NAIS minority graduates (77%) graduated from college within four years, while 62% of minority graduates from public high schools did the same.







Sources: National Association of Independent Schools - nais.org
NAIS 2015-16 SAT Test Scores Report - NAIS
NAIS Report on the 2016 High School Survey of Student Engagement 
NAIS-Gallup Report on NAIS Graduates, Gallup, Inc
“‘It’s everything else you do..’: Alumni views on extracurricular activities and employability.” - Sage Journals
“Four-Year Myth: Make College More Affordable. Restore the Promise of Graduating on Time, Complete College America