The competition is stiff for private schools.

John Chubb, president of the National Association of Independent Schools, said charter schools and improving public schools can prompt parents to question the value of high-priced independent schools.

Chubb, a longtime educator with experience in private schools, charter schools, think tanks and academia, visited Girls Preparatory School on Friday as part of a national listening tour. The NAIS represents 1,400 nonprofit, private K-12 schools in the United States. Representatives from six Chattanooga schools -- Baylor, Bright School, GPS, McCallie, St. Nicholas and St. Peter's -- were on hand Friday for Chubb's discussion.

While private schools are facing dwindling enrollment, Chubb said, they are full of opportunity.

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