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
  • February 22, 2017
    • Living Wisdom School Weekly Tours for Preschool-Grade 8 9:30 AM to 11:00 AMLiving Wisdom School, Lynnwood

      Come visit our new location in Lynnwood/Edmonds! Our weekly tours provide an opportunity to:

      *See the classrooms in action *Experience the warmth of the school *Learn how Living Wisdom School inspires joy in learning, and gives children an Education for Life!

      Please RSVP: 425-772-9862. Other times/days also available.

    February 24, 2017
  • 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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