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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.

2017-2018 Board of Governors


Ronnie Codrington-Cazeau, Head of School, Evergreen School (WA)

Vice President

Tim Bazemore, Head of School, Catlin Gabel School (OR)

Past President
Briel Schmitz, Head of School, Spruce Street 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)
Julie Amberg, Head of School, Cascades Academy of Central Oregon (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)
Matt Horvat, Head of School, The Overlake School (WA)
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)
Liz Swift, Head of School, Holy Names Academy (WA)
Chris Watson, Head of School, Soundview School (WA)


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

Recent News
Two of Seattle's Leading Independent Schools Announce First of Its Kind Partnership to Build Joint Academic and Community Center in South Seattle Lake Washington Girls Middle School and Giddens School Team up to Create a Modern Sustainable Campus for Both Schools Adjacent development by Seattle JazzED and Capitol Hill Housing will provide a youth performing arts hub and affordable housing Seattle Based Graham Baba Architects Designs Gracious New Building to House STEAM Studio, Science and Art Labs, Full Court Gym, Playfield, and Performance Space to Support Inquiry Based Learning
Upcoming Events
  • August 20, 2018
    • 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

    August 22, 2018
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Northwest Association of Independent Schools
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