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What is an independent school?

Catlin Gabel is proud to be fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools, which oversees standards of excellence. 

Independent schools uphold high standards of educational quality.

Independent schools provide private, pre-collegiate education.

Independent schools are publicly accountable to parents, communities, and the agencies that accredit them. Catlin Gabel is accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools.

Independent schools enjoy the freedom to define their own unique missions, determine qualifications for high quality teachers, and decide on their own what to teach and how to assess student achievement and progress.

Independent schools "own" themselves (as opposed to government-run public schools or church-owned parochial schools).

Independent schools are governed by independent boards of trustees.

Independent schools are nonprofits that are primarily supported through tuition, charitable contributions, and endowment income.