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 Accreditation

NWAIS Accreditation Works For Families

  • NWAIS standards help schools develop their strengths to provide the best educational experiences for their students.
  • Accreditation through NWAIS ensures schools have the leadership and resources to support their missions into the future
  • Our peer review process fosters a professional network of educators that results in great teaching and learning.


NWAIS Accreditation Works For Schools

  • The primary objective of accreditation is ongoing school improvement.
  • The association has developed 13 robust standards for success.
  • Membership and accreditation in NWAIS is voluntary.
  • The accreditation process respects and fosters independence in member schools.

NWAIS believes that schools at all stages of development benefit from an intentional and directed reflective process. Our Standards and Indicators represent the qualities we see as vital for outstanding schools to survive and thrive, today and into the future. Through the NWAIS accreditation process a school utilizes the Standards to look at itself through the lens of its own unique mission and philosophy.


Demonstrated Characteristics of Accredited Schools

  • Congruence between the school’s stated mission and the actual program and services.
  • Adequate resources to achieve its objectives – currently and in the forseeable future.
  • Adherence to NWAIS Core Values.
  • NWAIS accredits whole institutions and does not include or exclude specific programs or grades within a school.
  • Member schools are responsible for complying with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
Upcoming Events
  • October 2021
    • ThuOct21 SAGA School Open House 2021-2022 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMSeattle Area German American School (SAGA) 11010 Greenwood Ave N Seattle, WA 98133The SAGA School, a German immersion preschool through elementary school,is excited to announce its Open House series for the 2021-22 School Year. 

      Join us in person (following COVID health and safety protocols) to learn about the school and our programs. This is a great opportunity to meet some of the SAGA Staff and visit our classrooms. Children are welcome to attend.

      If you would like to receive an invitation to the Open House, please RSVP HERE
    • SatOct23 Villa Academy Open House 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM5001 NE 50th St, Seattle WA 98105Join us at Villa's Open House on Sat, October 23, 2021 from 12:00-2:00pm. This event will be held on-campus for prospective families exploring Preschool Age 3- Grade 8 at Villa Academy. Please online register for this event through Ravenna or email admissions@thevilla.org if you have any questions.
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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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