A Handbook for Independent School Operation

A Handbook for Independent School Operation

A Handbook for Independent School Operation

A Handbook for Independent School Operation


For one reason or another--but always a crucial one in the minds of the parents making the decision--more and more American boys and girls have been turning to non-public schools for their elementary and secondary academic training. Between 1940 and 1956, non-public school enrollments grew four times faster than those of public schools.

And that pace has continued. Whereas about one in eight pupils enrolled in non-public schools in 1950, the proportion jumped to more than one in six in 1960.

To meet this enrollment gain, some non-public schools added new classrooms. But most of the demand has been (and will be) met by new schools.

More often than not, the administrators charged with the success of these new schools seek advice from the longer-established independent schools. Policy-making trustees also welcome an opportunity to compare their new schools with those founded in earlier decades.

To provide counsel to these fledgling schools and to those interested in founding tomorrow's independent schools, the Relm Foundation of Ann Arbor, Michigan, advanced the funds to create this handbook. It is the Foundation's hope that better managed and more effective independent schools will play a role in developing higher educational accomplishments by all of America's children.

This is a "how to" book. As a nation we have shown wide interest in establishing and operating independent schools. We have the money and initiative. We have lacked an authoritative . . .

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