Small class sizes, individual attention and tight-knit school communities all contribute to excellent communication at independent schools. Beyond the personal interaction that teachers and administrators have with parents, it is also the student’s communication skills that are cultivated and enhanced. Independent school students typically learn in smaller school and classroom environments providing daily requirements to develop interpersonal skills and relationships with teachers. It is in these moments that even the youngest students learn to confidently and respectfully speak with adults and their peers.
Independent schools offer programs, activities and opportunities to ensure students are learning to engage in meaningful conversations; whether it is in the classroom, at a school event, a family function, or in the workplace. Learning to communicate with confidence also helps develop skills to interact effectively in social situations including meeting new people, exploring friendships and resolving interpersonal issues. Independent schools help to foster the development of skilled communication through interscholastic competitions, dramatic presentations, public speaking, debates and school assemblies.
The smaller learning environments also encourage students’ active participation and allow teachers a unique opportunity to closely monitor student progress. A strong sense of community, combined with a resource-rich environment, allows independent schools to meet each student’s intellectual, social, and emotional needs.