When it comes to your child’s education, choosing a learning environment can be difficult at best. Factors such as curriculum, methodology and practices, quality of the educators, peers, and even extracurricular opportunities can all play a part in helping you make the decision about where to send your child to school when the time comes, and how that will work for your family unit as a whole. One option that might be on the table when laying out a plan for your child’s education is private education.

If you’ve spent any amount of time researching a private school, you’ll have likely seen another category of education come up. Independent Schools are another option for families seeking a higher-level education for their children, and often, the terms independent and private are interchanged when discussing schools outside the public realm. However, there are actually some key differences between the two, and they are important to consider when making a decision for your family and your child’s educational needs.

Private schools are, in short, any educational institution that doesn’t receive funding from the public, including state government sources. These schools can be run by (almost) any outside entity, including churches, non-profits, and even for-profit organizations. While independent schools fall under the umbrella of private schools in general, being listed as an “Independent School” means your institution is overseen by it’s own board of trustees or governors who have strict standards for the school and how it is run. Having a board dedicated to the school itself, rather than having an outside operation managing the school from a distance, often means Independent Schools can offer more resources, from state-of-the-art facilities to a plethora of extracurricular opportunities for their students. While some Independent Schools have a religious affiliation, the focus of these schools is actually high-level education for students of all ages and exceptional performance from their students and staff.

All Saints Academy is proud to be Polk County’s top Independent School choice for families in the Central Florida area. We strive to provide top-quality education from preschool through high-school graduation, and our students compete at a high level in all areas. We implement the arts, STEM learning, and a variety of teaching methods to ensure that the education children receive here is well-rounded, and preparing them for life beyond their school years, no matter which direction they choose following graduation, and our educators are carefully selected to best meet these goals. If you are interested in learning more about how your child can become part of the ASA family, we’d love to discuss our enrollment, scholarship opportunities, and what school life looks like here at All Saints Academy.