Independent schools are non-profit private schools that are independent in philosophy: each is driven by a unique mission. They are also independent in the way they are managed and financed: each is governed by an independent board of trustees and each is primarily supported through tuition payments and charitable contributions. They are accountable to their communities and are accredited by state-approved accrediting bodies. (Source: NAIS)
What Is NAIS?
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
To be accredited by a member of NAIS's Commission on Accreditation signifies that a school has not only undergone a thorough standards-based review of its mission-centered program but that it is a part of an independent school community with a common commitment to education excellence. (Source: NAIS)
What Is ISAS? The Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS) promotes, upholds, and advances the highest educational and professional standards for the region’s independent schools. It offers its members an exceptionally rigorous, authentic, and meaningful accreditation process, along with energizing professional development opportunities, a nationally renowned arts festival, and a warm, generous community devoted to creating the best possible educational experiences for our students. (Source: ISAS)
What Is NCGS? The National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) is the leading advocate for girls' schools, connecting and collaborating globally with individuals, schools, and organizations dedicated to educating and empowering girls. (Source: NCGS)