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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.


General Mailbox: (206) 323-6137

Siri Akal Khalsa Ed.D, 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

Chaya Keefe, Director of Accreditation

Membership and Accreditation, Accreditation and Self Study Process and Timetables, Visting 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

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

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
5001 California Ave. SW, Suite 112
Seattle, Washington 98136
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