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.

Benefits of NWAIS Membership

Why join NWAIS? To Grow. To Develop. To Flourish.

The many benefits of NWAIS membership include:

  • Access to discounted member rates for 30+ different professional development programs each year for heads of school, trustees, administrators and educators.
  • Ability to move your school forward through the nationally-recognized, growth-based NWAIS accreditation process
  • Opportunity to become a member of the National Association of Independent Schools
  • Become a part of a community of colleagues across eight states and British Columbia connected through digital communities, listservs, meetings and events
  • Access to the many resources of the association, including the expertise of the professional staff
  • Complimentary and discounted expert legal advice at from attorneys specializing in educational law from the respected Seattle law firm of Helsell Fetterman LLP
  • A Corporate Sponsor Program that includes a consultant referral database
  • Participation in group publications of non-discrimination statements, as required to maintain 501c3 status
  • Access to extensive school statistical information and comparative data
  • Heightened visibility through our website and other joint marketing efforts
  • Ability to post job opportunities and open houses on nwais.org
  • Key information and updates on topics and policies impacting schools


Download a Chart of Member Benefits By Affiliation Level


To learn more about joining NWAIS, please contact Executive Director Mark Crotty


Upcoming Events
  • March 2020
    • MonMar30 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.

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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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