New School Models

Overview

The demographic, economic, and social composition of the U.S. is changing rapidly. At the same time, competitive alternatives to independent schools have emerged in many markets, providing new education options for families.

Many NAIS member schools have added programs or services that are perceived as being valuable to parents, and many have upgraded or expanded facilities, but these changes have contributed to the increasing costs of independent education. These cost increases, combined with cost of living increases, have made affording independent schools challenging for many middle-income families and some high-income families.

To better understand the evolving market and to help independent schools better compete, NAIS examined schools with different financial and educational models. Over the course of three months, we conducted a review of publicly available information and interviewed administrators at a number of new schools to create profiles that highlight some of the distinguishing attributes of each school. The profiles can be found at the links below.  

School Profiles

  1. Acton Academy
  2. AltSchool
  3. BASIS Independent Schools
  4. Blyth-Templeton Academy
  5. Brightworks
  6. GEMS Education Schools
  7. Kį»¨School
  8. Mysa School
  9. Portfolio School
  10. Wildflower