Why Choose SRS?
Sage Ridge School offers the chance to cultivate both intellect and character through Liberal Arts curriculum in an Independent School setting.
Not sure of the difference? Keep reading.
Why Independent Schools?
While many people use the terms independent and private interchangeably, there are important distinctions that emphasize the importance of being independent. Independent schools are governed by a board of trustees, not a public school board or a religious organization. They are primarily supported by tuition payments, charitable contributions, and endowment revenue.
Financial independence and governance gives our school four critical freedoms:
- the freedom to define our own unique mission
- the freedom to admit and keep only those students well-matched to our mission
- the freedom to define our qualifications for high quality teachers who will provide the teaching and learning environment for our mission to thrive
- the freedom to determine our curriculum and how we will best assess student achievement and progress.
(National Association of Independent Schools)
A NAIS-Gallup Report on NAIS Graduates (2017) found that compared with graduates of other high schools, independent school graduates complete their degrees more quickly and are less likely to transfer during their undergraduate careers. This is critical because consistent progression through college is linked with financial advantages — lower student debt and higher starting salaries – as well as higher career satisfaction and well-being later in life.
Independent schooling is truly about making a choice. Our founding fathers wanted the freedom to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We believe committing to an independent school education prepares students to make the most of the rights and responsibilities they are given.
Why Liberal Arts Curriculum?
Liberal Arts and Sciences is much more than college prep.
It is a concept rooted in the ancient and medieval past from latin liberalis "free" and ars "art or principled practice”. Thus, the liberal arts are those subjects and skills that were considered essential for a free person (liberalis is literally “worthy of a free person") to know in order to take an active part in civic life.
This imperative and privilege is more important than ever and this is at the center of our mission to produce graduates that will “ultimately thrive in college and in our global society.”
Our current students are preparing for careers that have not even been conceived of yet.
Alec Ross, author of The Industries of the Future, argues that the skills and disciplines that are focused on in a liberal arts education are the ones that future careers will need as people will need flexibility and open-mindedness to approach new problems that no amount of content expertise will be able to address.
The ability to discern new patterns, critique arguments and research, and communicate collaboratively - as well as with authority - while being ethically driven, will be incredibly important for success in our future society.
So at Sage Ridge our valued traditions are still a key to future success.
Why Sage Ridge School?
Our students’ experiences are guided by our Mission Statement:
Sage Ridge School graduates curious and confident citizens who embrace rigorous scholarship, respect the dignity of individuals, choose integrity, embody courage, foster a compassionate community, and ultimately thrive in college and in our global society.
With this mission as a guide, something special happens at Sage Ridge.
Students know their teachers. The relationships between students and teachers is central to the education students receive. Students collaborate with faculty in a safe, compassionate environment strengthened by common values, self reliance, and optimism. Because of the individual attention and one-on-one support they receive, Sage Ridge students achieve notable success with their coursework.
Teachers know their students. No one falls through the cracks here. Our outstanding teachers use our Pillars of Scholarship, Respect, Integrity, Courage, and Community as a framework for class discussions and culture. Ultimately, we create an environment in which students feel supported, respected, included and safe.
Our alumni continually tell us how well prepared they are for college, how connected they stay with their classmates, and teachers and how Sage Ridge provided opportunities to develop the values and character they apply in everyday life. Our students develop the courage and confidence to aim high with 100% of all our graduates not only going on to four year colleges or universities but also well over half going to the most competitive schools. And beyond undergraduate success, our alumni are making a difference in the world.
Sage Ridge School graduates curious and confident citizens who embrace rigorous scholarship, respect the dignity of individuals, choose integrity, embody courage, cultivate a compassionate community, and ultimately thrive in college and in our global society.