Before a new school year begins, this is the time for South County parents to weigh their children’s education options. With so much change and uncertainty facing our school systems, I encourage families to consider the possibilities.

Why pay for an independent school education for your child when your tax dollars already provide this benefit? For the thousands of independent school families it usually comes down to the ROI: Return on Investment.

Invest in the early years. This is when parents learn to partner with teachers to leverage curiosity and creativity. This is when children discover the joy of learning.

All parents want their schools to be safe. Independent schools create communities where children are taught to look out for one another; where it is OK to be smart; where the norm is to ask questions and take risks.

Independent schools are fully accredited, but are not subject to state or federal mandates for testing. We are free to shape the programs to produce genuine learning and accomplishment, not district-wide test scores.

Finally, we are mission driven schools, and in our case, we have created a culture where children learn with confidence, lead with character and ultimately achieve lasting success.

South County parents: Invest in the early years, and the later years, the ROI, will take care of itself!

James P. Heus, head of school,

St. Michael’s Country Day School

Newport

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