We are committed to...
  • encouraging diverse points of view.
  • continuous reflection and on-going improvement.
  • collegial relationships and ethical leadership.
  • independent education options for families.
  • promoting the independence of our schools.
  • quality standards without standardization.
  • assisting schools in fulfilling their missions.

About NWAIS

The Northwest Association of Independent Schools is a nonprofit membership association that provides accreditation, professional development and support services to over 110 schools in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Our Vision

NWAIS shapes the future of education by fostering transformative school leadership and advancing, energizing and sustaining regional independent schools.

Our Core Values

As we work together to advance the mission of NWAIS, we are guided by Core Values. These essential principles enrich our relationships, guide our professional development programs, shape our member services, and inform our process for school accreditation.

  • Healthy, Just, Diverse, and Inclusive
  • CommunitiesContinuous Improvement
  • Transformative, Visionary Leadership
  • The Positive Impact of Independent School Education
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Our Expectations of Member Schools

  • Commitment to the Public Good

  • Effective Governance and Operations

  • Physical Location or Place

  • Primary Focus of Academic Education

  • Commitment to the Best Interests of Children
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Our Commitment to Diversity

NWAIS schools are expected to maintain communities that are safe and supportive for all their members. Accordingly, all schools in the Association shall create and foster a program, culture, and inclusive community of students, families, trustees, faculty and staff that embrace diverse perspectives, cultures, backgrounds, and identities. Schools may demonstrate their Commitment to Care in a variety of ways, including, for example, but not limited to: curricular study, extra-curricular programming, articulated institutional policies, a statement of non-discrimination that includes sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes, and traditions and practices that affirm the school as a healthy, respectful, welcoming environment for all.


Our Mission

The Northwest Association of Independent Schools promotes the ongoing improvement of its member schools and advances independent school education by:

  • Supporting schools
    in achieving
    their missions
  • Cultivating excellence in school leadership
  • Furthering diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Encouraging free and open inquiry
  • Fostering collegial
    and collaborative relationships
  • Championing our public purpose

-- Approved by the
NWAIS membership
Sunday, May 2, 2016

Upcoming Events
  • November 27, 2017
    • Gig Harbor Academy Parent Tours 6820 32nd St. NW., Gig Harbor, WA 98366

      Come by and take a tour of the campus and explore all that Gig Harbor Academy has to offer. To book a tour please call us at 253-265-2150 or email us at admissions@gigharboracademy.org.

    November 28, 2017
    • Giddens School Tour 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMGiddens School

      Please join us for a tour and get a close-up look at our school. Visit our classrooms and meet members of our community, including students, families, and faculty.

  • Guiding
  • Inspiring
  • Advancing
Northwest Association of Independent Schools
5001 California Ave. SW, Suite 112
Seattle, Washington 98136
T: 206.323.6137 • dstone@nwais.org
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