The PA Advantage

Whether you are just beginning to research schools for your pre-schooler, or you are looking to make a school change, the decision you are about to make is one of the most important in the life of your child. The Admission Team is honored that you have included us in this decision process, and we want to be as helpful as we can. The information below will help you to identify some key questions and areas to research to ensure that you make the best informed decision possible. As a parent, you have an opportunity to choose a school with a mission—a school's philosophy, values, and approach to teaching—that is right for your child, resulting in an education that will pay dividends for a lifetime. We believe that Pulaski Academy, as an independent, co-educational, college preparatory school for Pre-K through 12th grade, is the best school choice. However, our primary goal is that we partner with you to assist you in selecting that right school for your child and your family.

Where did they go from PA? Alumni Stories

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Q. What are independent schools?

    There are approximately 2,000 independent schools across the United States. As part of the private school community, these schools provide more than 700,000 students from pre-kindergarten through high school with a unique and high-quality education. Independent schools are "independent" because they have distinct missions and are primarily supported by tuition payments, charitable contributions, and endowment revenue. Independent schools include coeducational and single sex institutions, as well as boarding and day schools. Each school meets high accreditation standards and is held accountable by its Board of Trustees.
  • Q. Why are independent schools successful?

    Here's what the research says.

    • Close-knit communities
    • Individualized attention for students
    • Supportive learning environments
    • High-quality and committed teachers
    • Hands-on learning opportunities
    • Educational experiences beyond the classroom
    • Actively engaged parents
  • Q. Why attend an independent school?

    The reasons cited over and over again by the families who send their children to independent schools include individual attention, small classes, teacher excellence, and high academic standards. But, the main motive for families looking into independent private schools can be summarized in one word: Quality. They want, quite simply, the best for their sons and daughters.

    The National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS), conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, confirms what independent school families have known for years: larger percentages of students in independent schools, like Pulaski Academy, are enrolled in advanced courses than in public, parochial, and other private schools.

“I love that PA is constantly evolving. I also love being able to see my own children where I work every day. The staff is wonderful and we all get along great. I have made some lifelong friends working here.” – Nicole Kaemmerling, licensed physical therapist, PA parent and wife of Dr. Brad Kaemmerling ’90
Sameera Ibrahim ’12, a student at the University of Vermont, says PA gave her the tools necessary to develop strong critical thinking, research, and writing skills. She sharpened these skills through PA’s diverse course offerings and its effort to foster close faculty-student relationships. “These skills not only have enriched my undergraduate experience, but also laid the foundation for a successful academic and professional career in the years to come.”
Amanda Johnson, ’08 valedictorian, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania summa cum laude in ’12. After Penn Law, she’s bound for a law career in Washington, D.C. “My education at PA fully prepared me for college at Penn,” she says. “I think the most valuable part of my PA experience was the writing curriculum, starting with research papers early in middle school and culminating with a senior thesis project, along with several essay competitions in high school. Having such an intensive research and writing background allowed me to jump into higher-level courses in college without skipping a beat. Participating in Model UN Club also gave me important public speaking skills and background knowledge in world affairs that still serve me today. Finally, I have no doubt that the opportunity to take a wide variety of AP classes both helped me in college admissions and gave me a head start on college coursework.”
“We absolutely can’t say enough wonderful things about how Pulaski Academy has impacted our family’s life! When we came to this school five years ago, we were welcomed with open arms. It was very tough for my children to be moving and starting over in a new school environment. With our oldest starting high school, he was the most deeply impacted by our move. Starting at Pulaski Academy, he would now say, was the best thing that ever happened to him at that point in his life. The championships won and lost on the field and the court, the challenges faced and defeated in the classroom, and the many friendships that are now forged for life are forever etched on his life. We know our other three children are gaining these same experiences. Pulaski Academy has been a part of giving them these incredible moments. Moments that are now a part of who they are. – Jenny Henry, PA parent
PA equipped Malcom Noble Means ’05 for college at Sewanee and later law school at the University of Arkansas by teaching him how to think critically. This skillset has catapulted him to a successful career as an associate attorney for Chisenhall, Nestrud, & Julian P.A. “Teachers at PA do not simply expect you to memorize the material, they expect you to engage with and apply it,” he says. “This skill proved to be invaluable in my studies and career. PA also taught me the importance of personal relationships, not only with peers, but also with teachers. This provided me with lifelong friendships and with the skills I would need to work with my professors and employers later in life.”
A student’s record from Pulaski Academy will show universities and employers that they will excel based on their early leadership and involvement in activities such as Model United Nations, Science Fair, History Day, and Amnesty International.” 
Nicole Rose Topich, ’07, 
Project Archivist at Harvard University