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What Is a Private Independent School?

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A Harford Day School education is a gift meant to enrich the mind, body, and spirit of every student; its benefits realized not only while in elementary and middle school, but into high school, college, and life.

What Is a Private Independent School?

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  • A private independent school:

    Is governed by a Board of Trustees who set the mission, work to maintain the school’s financial health, and hire the Head of School. The Head of School is the Board’s only employee and acts as its Chief Executive Officer. He or she leads the school and oversees all of its operations from hiring faculty to improving facilities.

    Is funded through tuition payments, fundraising, and interest generated from its endowment.

    Admits only students who are appropriate to the school’s mission. In the case of Harford Day that means bright boys and girls who are academically motivated and achievement oriented.

    Expects students to work hard, play hard, and be good citizens.

    Is committed to equity and inclusion of all kinds including socio-economic and offers need-based financial aid to families with mission appropriate children.

    Offers only one-year teacher contracts. There is no tenure in a private independent school. All teachers must maintain excellence in their instruction to be offered a contract in subsequent years.

    Is not required to administer any state or federally mandated curricula or testing. Private independent school teachers are expected to choose their own books and generate and revise their own curriculum; teachers “own” what they teach and, therefore, are invested in seeing it work for their students.

    Private independent schools may or may not be religiously affiliated. Catholic schools, in particular, are generally classified as Parochial Schools, rather than private or independent. The distinction is based on the Catholic Church's governance of a school's program and curriculum that is not present in traditional private, independent, schooling.

    To learn more contact our Admissions Director Diane Russell at 410-809-2403 or dianerussell@harfordday.org.

Being a Parent in an Independent School

Learn more by reading, Parents and Independent Schools, published by the Association of Independent Maryland/DC Schools (AIMS).
Harford Day is the only PK3 to Grade 8 independent school in Harford County accredited by AIMS (Association of Independent Maryland/DC Schools) and a member of NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools).
Non-discrimination Statement
Application to Harford Day School is open to all students without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin,
 sexual orientation, or disability. Harford Day School does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, financial policies, financial aid programs, and other administered extra-curricular or administrative programs.