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Independent School Programs

Finding the right independent school insurance program is just as important as finding the right teachers, books, and curricula. The right program protects all your resources, from your board of directors to your buildings. The right program also protects all types of private schools, including:

  • K-12
  • Montessori
  • Charter
  • Business and secretarial
  • Charm/finishing
  • Computer training
  • Continuing education
  • Correspondence
  • Culinary
  • Crafts (ceramics, jewelry making, knitting, needlework)
  • Fine arts, drama, music
  • Language
  • Professional development
  • Public speaking
  • Trade and vocational
  • Tutoring

Get More with Markel

With Markel, you get more than just a policy. You get:

  • General liability coverage that protects your reputation if you are sued by paying the costs associated with your legal defense. We also offer hard-to-find liability coverages such as sexual abuse/molestation, educators' liability, corporal punishment, child abduction, directors' & officers' liability, and employment practices liability.
  • Property coverage on a special cause of loss basis, which means you're covered for events like fire, windstorms, and frozen pipes.
  • Bundled options for broader property, liability, and auto protection.
  • Accident and health coverage such as K-12 student accident and tuition refund
  • A professional claims team, that, when an accident occurs, handles your claim promptly, with sympathy and tact. Our claims associates are experts in successfully handling claims involving students.
  • Risk-management experts who've seen it all, and more importantly, know how to fix it.

 Click here to view the Independent School Programs brochure.

Loss control and risk management services

Our Loss Control Specialists can help you Keep Safety 1st!

By working with Markel, you are working with a company that understands the independent school industry. Our Senior Loss Control Specialists are recognized as experts in their field and have years of industry experience.  Our loss control and risk management services are uniquely geared to help you better control the exposures that pose a risk to your business.

By offering loss control and risk management solutions, we can help reduce those risks - risks that can often have a detrimental bottom line impact on your school.  We understand how to help you manage your business risk exposures which can, in turn, help you achieve better performance results.

Markel offers these exceptional risk management and loss control tools:

  • Markel Safety 1st Education Program which includes access to our Risk Management Library containing articles and safety guides to help you prevent losses, maintain a safer environment and support staff training.
  • Background checks for new hires and staff at a discounted rate.
  • Access to abuse risk management training and educational services from Praesidium, Inc.
  • Online safe driving courses offered at a discounted rate through BrightFleet driver training and I Drive Safely®.
  • Ask a safety question - get answers to your safety concerns.


Call 800-476-4940 to speak with an Independent School Insurance representative

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST
Monday - Friday


Notable news

Welcome to our new news feed.  Please check back often to find new topics and stories specific to your business.

Quarterly newsletter - Wrongful termination
>Click here
 to read the latest newsletter.

Safety recall - Kiddie plastic valve disposable fire extinguishers
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 to read more

Epi-pens -  In November 2013 President Obama signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, which provides financial incentives for states to pass laws allowing schools to acquire and stock EpiPens and treat children who do not have a prescription for the drug.   
>Click here
to view a chart developed by The Network for Public Health Law that provides an effective snapshot reference addressing all 50 states use of EpiPens.

>Click here to read an article about stockpiling EpiPens.

Managing communicable disease and sick child exposures - Recent concerns over the Ebola virus as well as the onset of flue season are real time issues forschools.
>Click here to read more about manageing communicable diseases at your school.

Safety tips for festival events   
>Click here
for some tips on managing a successful event.

Safety policies and procedures   
Click here to read about risk management preparations.

>Click here to read school safety tips for administrators.

Concussions - The following articles from the CDC provide information about concussions in sports.
Click here to read the fact sheet for parents.

>Click here to read the fact sheet for athletes.

Water damage 
>Click here for a quick primer on protecting against costly water damage losses.

Put safety first

The right safety program can keep minor upsets from turning into major mishaps. Markel is committed to providing the tools you need to help keep safety first in your organization.

Our Risk Management Library is chock-full of information, pointers, and guidelines for maintaining a safer environment. Use this information in your safety program to help avoid accidents and potential claims while controlling costs at the same time.