Why Non-Public School?

Making the decision about where best to educate your child is one of the most important decisions a parent or guardian makes. Matching what the school offers to the needs of the child is central to the decision. Non-public schools offer a wide array of programs. With both faith-based and independent options, parents can find the right school program, school size and school culture for their children and their family.

Most non-public schools in the state of Indiana are accredited. Many are accredited by the State of Indiana, using the traditional or Freeway model. Others are accredited by a variety of regional and national accrediting bodies including but limited to AdvancED (North Central), ISACS, ACSI, NLSA, CSI. Many non-public schools hold multiple accreditations.

Non-public schools in Indiana provide excellent academic options. School score high in the state’s school accountability (A- F) system with nearly 90% of state accredited school scoring an A or a B. In addition to high test scores, non-public schools boast high graduation rates and high college going rates. In addition to the academic benefit, the value-based education of non-public school provides a unique culture for student success.

If you are looking for a faith-based option, there are many to choose from including Catholic, Lutheran, Christian, Jewish, Baptist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Islamic and Seventh-Day Adventist. There also a number of Amish schools in Indiana.

Many non-public schools provide tuition assistance for family with financial need. The state school choice program also can assist parents of lower incomes to afford a non-public school education. See our Scholarship Tax Credit and Choice Scholarship (Voucher) sections for more information.

For more information on selecting a school, download Choosing a School for Your Child.

Non-public schools are also excellent workplaces. CAPE explores the advantages of teaching in a private school on their website.