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 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

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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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