"We believe that when independent schools opened their doors to more diverse student populations in the 60s and 70s, they saved their souls and saved their markets; we are now at a similar moment of 'monumental opportunity.'"
Jaqueline Smethurst

Independent schools have significantly increased their public purpose commitments over the past decade. Their initiatives carry them beyond community service to broader engagement with their communities.

Why? The reasons vary, but include a moral commitment to serve the community, a desire to teach students how to live and work in a multicultural world, and an acknowledgment that continuing as we are is unsustainable for society.

Paradigm Shift in Education
Paradigm Shift in Community Service
Glossary of Terms
Further Definitions
The Public-Private Partnership Continuum

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