Tips for choosing independent schools in San Diego: key considerations for students and their families

By Kevin Yaley, Head of Francis Parker School

Deciding where to send your child to school is arguably one of the biggest choices you will ever make – a choice that will positively shape your child’s social, intellectual, and creative development and influence everything from her academic interests to her peer group, and from her future aspirations to her understanding of our world. While local families are fortunate to have a variety of excellent educational options to consider for their children, the first step is learning about both public and

independent schools in San Diego

  1. From there, determining what each school has to offer and what makes each unique will make it possible to narrow down the options and select the best possible school for your child.

What is an independent school?

According to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) there are approximately 2,000 independent schools across the United States, each providing high-quality and individualized education to more than 700,000 students from pre-kindergarten through high school.

Although each independent school is driven by its own educational mission, all share a commitment to providing a safe environment in which young people can learn academic skills plus the importance of hard work, leadership, personal responsibility and good citizenship.

Independent schools have the freedom to serve their individual missions — the philosophy, values, and approach to teaching that is unique to each school. The diversity among independent schools means that you can find a school that is a great fit for your child. A board of trustees, as opposed to a public school board, independently governs independent schools. Financially, such schools are supported by a combination of tuition payments, charitable contributions and endowment revenue — not public funds.

One hundred years of excellence in independent education


Francis Parker School

, we espouse an encompassing mission of inspired thinking, academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character. Our students are welcomed into the Parker family with open arms and encouraged to pursue their passions, engage in the development of their own education and ethical values, and balance academics, extracurricular activities and experiential opportunities to become citizens of the world. For one hundred years, Parker has stood as a pillar of

progressive education in San Diego

  1. To learn more about admissions at Francis Parker School and find out what it takes to join us as we move into the future, visit us online at