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.

NWAIS Staff

General Mailbox: (206) 323-6137


Mark Crotty, Executive Director

Membership and Accreditation, Independent Schools, School Governance and Leadership, Strategic and Long Range Planning

Direct Line: (206) 328-0437


Emily McGrath, Associate Director

Program Design and Development, Professional Development Programs, New Initiatives

Direct Line: 206.792.7418


Betsy Watkins, Director of Accreditation

Membership and Accreditation, Accreditation and Self Study Process and Timetables, Visiting Teams

Direct Line: (206) 792-7417


Julie Ann McGuire, Business Manager

Membership Dues, Accounts Payable, Financial Issues,
School Non-Discrimination Ads

Direct Line: (206) 323-4617



Cindy Steele, Administrative Assistant, Registrar

General Inquiries, Program Registration, Continuing Education Credits

Direct Line: (206) 792-7399



Casey Fredricksen, Communications and Logistics Coordinator

Program Planning and Logistics, Member Communication, Exhibiting

Direct Line: (206) 792-7411



Jennifer Lamkins, Coordinator of Member and Technology Support Services

Technology questions and help desk

Direct line: (206)323-6137




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
  • December 2019
    • ThuDec12 KapKa Cooperative School Tour 10:30 AM to 11:30 AMKapKa Cooperative SchoolCome and visit KapKa to learn about our dynamic, inclusive, school community. Tours include an introduction to KapKa, a chance to see teachers and students in the classroom setting and an opportunity to talk with teachers and ask questions of current parents. These events are for adults only and space is limited. To sign up, please contact our admissions team at registrar@kapkaschool.org
  • 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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