Independent day and boarding schools offer gifted children alternatives to local public schools. The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) defines independent schools as nonprofit schools that are governed by a board of trustees and supported by tuition, charitable contributions, and endowment income rather than by public or church funds. The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) defines boarding schools as independent, college preparatory schools that provide residential facilities for students and faculty.

The wide array of educational and social options offered by independent day and boarding schools differ greatly from school to school, but can include advanced coursework, expanded art and music options, reduced class sizes, and increased emphasis on community, particularly in boarding schools where students and faculty reside together.

Some independent schools designate themselves ...

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