Why an Independent School?
As an independent school, Tower is able to offer a curriculum that encourages spirited learning. Not constrained by testing mandates, teachers can be flexible in their lessons, and students are free to lead a discussion “off course”—into unexpected and thought-provoking territory. Our independence gives us the freedom to fulfill our mission of sparking a lifelong love of learning in our students.
Research on the value of an independent school education has shown:
- Private school students generally perform better than their public school peers on standardized achievement tests.1
- Low student-teacher ratios foster close working relationships between students and teachers.1
- Small schools have been found to encourage student achievement by fostering collaboration among teachers and the development of a community of learners.1
- Students placed in small classes in kindergarten through grade three achieve at higher levels and have higher grade point averages.2
1 U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Private Schools: A Brief Portrait.
2 Health and Education Research Operative Services, Incorporated 10th grade follow-up study of Project STAR (Student/Teacher Achievement Ratio).