The Value of Independent Schools

Student dancersAs a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, Harrisburg Academy knows that quality education is more than a value-added proposition. Schools such as the Academy prepare students not just for this year’s standards-based tests, but for all of life’s tests – in school, college, and beyond. According to a recent Higher Education Research Institute survey, students who graduate, not just from the best private schools, but from independent schools specifically are more able to adjust to, and excel at, academic and social life in college. When compared with their public school peers, independent school students are more active politically, more academically prepared for college, more likely to participate in internship programs, more likely to feel a part of their campus community, and more likely to have post-collegiate employment.  With the addition of the International Baccalaureate Diploma program in the Academy’s high school (the Upper School), our students have the ability to receive not only merit scholarships for college, but actually receive significant college credits – increasing their access to advanced courses while also offering the possibility of reduced expenses to earn a bachelor’s degree (click for more about our students' success). 

The Academy is proud to provide the independent school option to the Harrisburg area's education community, serving students in preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school.  We invite you to find out more about the greater concept of independent schools by clicking here.  It is important to note that independent schools, contrary to popular belief and their portrayal in the media, are not generally “elitist” except in terms of academic expectations. The socio-economic diversity of independent schools, such as Harrisburg Academy, is supported by a significant commitment to financial aid: Independent school students come from all family-income levels at our school, and approximately one-third of them are supported by financial aid.


Interested in learning more about the innovative teaching and learning happening across the independent school community, some of the best private schools in the world?  Click here to visit NAIS's "Innovation Lab" (of which our school is a contributor!).

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Serving Students Preschool - 12th Grade.

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