What is an Independent School? International Baccalaureate Accreditation

What is an Independent School?

Erie Day School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent School. Erie Day School is a 501 (c) 3 organization with an independent Board of Trustees that sets policy, oversees finances and governs the school. Erie Day School is the only accredited independent school in northwest Pennsylvania. We formulate our own mission, create our own curriculum linked with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mind, and choose our own teachers. We are free to adopt programs that best promote the education of our students, and we choose our own assessment strategies. Independent schools offer many benefits. Erie Day School maintains high academic standards and small class sizes to facilitate individual attention. We employ experienced teachers focused on providing a comprehensive, inclusive education. In addition to receiving a unique education that will pay dividends for a lifetime, students at independent schools have a greater likelihood of completing a bachelor’s or graduate degree. A 2004 National Educational Longitudinal Study showed that 76.3 percent of NAIS students had completed a four-year degree or higher during the course of the 12-year study compared to 65.9 percent of Catholic School students and 38.1 percent of public school students.

What is an International Baccalaureate Candidate School?

Erie Day School’s Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten and Lower School (Grades 1 through 4) are International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate schools. Our IB students will develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. The curriculum represents the best from many different countries rather than the exported national system of any one. The IB curriculum is maintained with our high standards by on-going training for our educators. We believe that students must first develop an understanding of their own cultural and national identity. All IB students are exposed to a second language and the skills to live and work with others internationally which is essential for life in the 21st century.

We encourage a positive attitude for learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, reflect critically, develop research skills, and work collaboratively to solve local, national or global problems.We attend to physical education, visual & performing arts, music and community service because there is more to learning than academic studies alone. IB World Schools cooperate in curriculum development, student assessment, and the governance of the IB, making this a unique international collaboration.

IB Learner Profile

The IB Learner Profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools.We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

Inquirers:  We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others.We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

Knowledgeable:  We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines.We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Thinkers:  We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators:  We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Principled:  We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Open-minded:  We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring:  We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Risk-takers:  We approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. We are brave and articulate in defending our beliefs.

Balanced:  We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives intellectual, physical, and emotional to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Reflective:  We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.