Do private and independent schools only focus on academics?
Academics are an important part of every child's education, particularly in keeping post-secondary options open. Though academics alone are seldom the sole focus, private and independent schools pay a lot of attention to helping students fulfill their academic potential. A well-rounded curriculum educating the whole child, while addressing the needs of individual students, is more typically the aim of a school.
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Most traditional private schools place a lot of focus on academics, but there are some alternative schools and programs that aim to develop students personally as well. Personally, I found the Round Square program quite exciting. It emphasizes learning about democracy and includes international volunteer work. The Duke of Edinburgh program involves almost no academic work, and foucses on personal growth.