The Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) was founded in 1954 as an organization dedicated to independence and quality of member schools. To ensure quality, all member schools must undergo an extensive accreditation process, with a periodic review every five years. In order to earn accreditation, schools must:

• Successfully meet standards found in FCIS Bylaws & Standards Manual
• Demonstrate financial stability
• Provide quality education
• Undergo evaluation visits to be granted and to retain membership in FCIS

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Why Independent Schools

Independent schools are known for providing a safe, nurturing environment in which students are encouraged to reach their full potential. Independent schools are, by definition, unique. The goal for parents is to select the school that is just the right fit for their child. Parents have many choices when it comes to their child’s education.

In addition to visiting the school website and school campus, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) recommends that you ask these key questions during your search:

• Do students feel challenged by their school?
• Are the teachers of high quality and committed?
• Does the school have a low student-to-teacher ratio?
• Do parents, teachers and students share a strong partnership?
• Does the school climate support achievement?

Additionally, the answers to the following important questions are provided as a guide for parents in their search for the best academic, social and emotional fit for their child.

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