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

Our Core Values

  • Independence

  • Free and Open Inquiry

  • Commitment to Diversity

  • Ongoing School Improvement

  • Collegial Relationships and Ethical Leadership

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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

Member schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, disability, national or ethnic origin, or other legally protected status in admission of otherwise qualified students or in providing access to the rights, privileges, programs, or activities generally available to all students and their families, including educational policies, scholarship and other financial aid programs, or athletic, extra-curricular, and other school-administered programs and activities.

Similarly, member schools do not discriminate in their hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, disability, national or ethnic origin, or other legally protected status.

Single sex institutions, religious schools, or institutions serving students with learning differences or other special needs implement policies related to gender, religion, and learning differences or other special needs as appropriate to support their published mission statements.

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
  • January 21, 2017
    • Eton School Open House for Pre-elementary (Age 3-Kindergarten) 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM2701 Bellevue-Redmond Road, Bellevue, WA 98008, Mezzo BuildingJoin us for our Open House for Pre-elementary (Age 3 through Kindergarten). Visit classes, view beautiful Montessori materials and talk with our teachers. Administrators, parents and students will also be available during the morning. RSVP through our website at www.etonschool.org. If you are not able to attend, schedule a tour via our website.
    • Open House at Gig Harbor Academy 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM6820 32nd St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

      Come by and take a tour of the campus and explore all that Gig Harbor Academy has to offer. Our Teachers and Specialists will be on hand to answer all of your questions.

      We will be accepting applications for Preschool – Fifth Grade for the 2017-2018 school year.

      Consider planning ahead for summer daycare by visiting our Childcare which operates from 6:30am - 6:00pm weekdays. 

      Children are welcome. For more information or to RSVP please email us at admissions@gigharboracademy.org

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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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