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Manlius Pebble Hill School is one of 5,000 private, independent schools in the United States, accredited by NYSAIS and a member of NAIS. As the only independent pre-k-12 school in Central New York, MPH is not bound to the constraints of the Common Core. Instead, we are attuned to the needs of each individual student, teaching to skill level, not grade level. We measure success in ways more in-depth and meaningful than state testing, allowing our students to find learning joyful. Our small class sizes result in transformative relationships between students and faculty, which strengthen character, build resilience, and fosters self-confidence.

Here are a few advantages of an independent education:

Independence in the truest sense of the word. Independent schools are governed by a board of trustees, not a public school board. They are primarily supported by tuition payments, charitable contributions, and endowment revenue.

  • Independent school teachers have the freedom to create educational experiences that meet each child’s needs, without state mandates on curriculum, textbooks, and testing.

High academic standards. Independent schools nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, encourage critical thinking, and promote a lifelong love of learning.

  • More students in independent schools enroll in advanced courses than in public, parochial, and other private schools.

Small classes that allow for individual attention. Low student-teacher ratios encourage close connections between instructors and students.

  • In 2015-2016, the median ratio in NAIS schools was 8.6 students to each teacher.

Excellent teachers. Independent school instructors usually teach in their areas of expertise. They strive to develop a full understanding of each student’s learning style, interests, and motivation.

  • Graduates of independent schools have a greater likelihood of completing a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree.

Education for the whole child. In addition to academics, independent schools also nurture students’ personal and social growth and civic conscience.

  • Outside the classroom, students participate in school-sponsored athletic competitions, artistic pursuits, and leadership experiences.

Inclusiveness. Independent schools foster diverse and vibrant student communities that welcome and respect every family.

  • In 2015-2016, students of color were 26 percent of independent school enrollment, while 3.2 percent of students were from other countries.

A community of parents who actively participate in their children’s education. Independent schools promote regular communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals.

  • As a parent, you can actively engage in your student’s education, because the staff and teachers want and value your participation.