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.

2020-21 Board of Governors


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

Vice President

Liz Swift, Head of School, Holy Names Academy (WA)


Chris Watson, Head of School, Soundview School (WA)


Percy Abram, Head of School, The Bush School (WA)


Seve Albert, Head of School, Portland Jewish Academy, (OR)

Julie Amberg, Head of School, Cascades Academy of Central Oregon (OR)

Grant Beckwith, Head of School, American Heritage School (UT)

Alan Braun, Head of School, The Valley School (WA)

Mo Copeland, Head of School, Oregon Episcopal School (OR)

Matt Culberson, Wasatch Academy (UT)

Jen Elkin, Head of School, Epiphany School (WA)

Jeremy Gregerson, Head of School, The Meadows School (NV)

Patti Hearn, Head of Seattle School for Boys (WA)

Barrie Hillman, Head of School, West Sound Academy (WA)

Matt Horvat, Head of School, The Overlake School (WA)

Brenda Leaks, Head of School, Seattle Girls' School (WA)

Mike McGill, Community Member (WA)

Ben Pettit, Head of School, Sun Valley Community School (ID)


NWAIS Audited Financial Statements
 Are Available Upon Request

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
  • October 2020
    • WedOct21 Sage Ridge Fall Open House 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMLocation (in-person or virtual) TBD

      Come meet the Scorpions! Hear from current students and administrators, learn about our curriculum, and ask questions!


  • Guiding
  • Inspiring
  • Advancing
Northwest Association of Independent Schools
5001 California Ave. SW, Suite 112
Seattle, Washington 98136
T: 206.323.6137 • info@nwais.org
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