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.

2016-2017 Board of Governors


Briel Schmitz, Head of School, Spruce Street School (WA)
Vice President

Ronnie Codrington-Cazeau, Head of School, Evergreen School (WA)
Patti Hearn, Head of School, Lake Washington Girls Middle School (WA)
Mike McGill, Head of School, The Northwest School (WA)

Percy Abram, Head of School, The Bush School (WA)
Tim Bazemore, Head of School, Catlin Gabel School (OR)
Joan Beauregard, Head of School, Hamlin Robinson School (WA)
Grant Beckwith, Head of School, American Heritage School (UT)
Peter Berner-Hays, Head of School, The Little School (WA)
Ruth Glass, Head of School, Lake Tahoe School (NV)
Jeremy Gregerson, Head of School, The Meadows School (NV)
Trish King, Head of School, The Island School (WA)

Julie Lennox, Head of School, Missoula International School (MT)

Russell Smith, Head of School, Eton School (WA)

Christian Sullivan, Head of School, Annie Wright Schools (WA)

Liz Swift, Head of School, Holy Names Academy (WA)
Jo Ann Young, Head of School, Abiqua Academy (OR)


NWAIS Audited Financial 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

  • 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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