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.


Siri Akal Khalsa Ed.D, Executive Director
Membership and Accreditation, Independent Schools, School Governance
and Leadership, Strategic and Long Range Planning
PH: 206.323.6137 ext. 101

Julie Ann McGuire
, Business Manager
Membership Dues, Accounts Payable, Financial Issues,
School Non-Discrimination Ads
PH: 206.323.6137 ext. 102

Chaya Keefe, Coordinator of Accreditation Services
Accreditation and Self Study process and timetables, Visting Teams
PH: 206.323.6137 ext. 107

Emily McGrath, Director of Professional Development
Professional Development Programs, Continuing Education Credit,
Exhibiting at NWAIS Events
PH: 206.323.6137 ext. 103

Cindy Steele, Administrative Assistant, Registrar
General Inquiries, Program Registration
PH: 206.323.6137 ext. 100

Donald Stone, Technology Specialist
NWAIS Website Support, Online Services, Corporate Sponsor Program, NAIS DASL, General Inquiries
PH: 206.323.6137 ext. 104

NWAIS Nondiscrimination Statement

NWAIS does not discriminate in its employment decisions or in the benefits, terms, or conditions of employment because of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation (including gender expression or identity), race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability.

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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