You don’t want to get called out of class to report to the headmaster, but if you need someone to run an independent school, these are among the best. These heads of schools oversee academic and social advancement for around 18,000 of the city’s young people. The Memphis Association of Independent Schools believes the community benefits when smaller schools offer a variety of experiences that aren’t always available in public schools. Tuition costs are wide-ranging but can go upwards from $20,000 in this highly competitive area. Enrollment in private schools for pre-K to 12th grade nationwide went from 7.3 million in 2006 to 6.3 million in 2016 — a drop of 14 percent — according to the U.S. Census Bureau. So for these POWER PLAYERS to be successful, they have to stay on their toes.

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