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NAIS & You

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Welcome “No schools in America are in a better position to seize the future and to guide the next generation than schools that know what they stand for and have the freedom, and independence, to make   it happen.”

The National Association of Independent Schools’ mission is to be the voice of independent education. But what does that mean to you as a school leader or administrator in your day-to-day job? What does it mean as you think broadly and long-term about the future of your school? Whether or not your school is an NAIS member, we invite you to learn more about NAIS and the schools we serve. Browse these pages to see tangible examples of the services we provide schools and the ways in which our members engage with us and each other to improve their schools and strengthen the independent school community. Please be in touch with me or any member of the NAIS staff to find out more.

1,700 John E. Chubb, NAIS President

Number of schools and associations of schools worldwide that are served by NAIS

The independent school community is a critical voice in the national conversation about education; when individual schools like yours connect with others, that voice is strengthened. NAIS leads advocacy efforts to facilitate those connections. NAIS also actively monitors the legal, governmental, and media landscape to keep you abreast of the issues that matter most. And, most importantly, we provide opportunities for you as school professionals to connect with — and learn from — one another.

Connect “It’s not always about   the speakers; it’s more   often about the people   you meet and those opportunities in the hallway or on the elevator. I’m   going back to my school loaded with ideas.” Kevin Conway Academy Principal, Punahou School Speaking about the NAIS Annual Conference

Marcia Pruitt Spiller Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs Woodward Academy


Number of students attending NAIS member schools in 2012-13

Nishant N. Mehta Head of School The Children's School

“One of our obligations as school leaders is to develop and nurture future generations of talented and motivated educators who are interested in school leadership.� Reveta Bowers Head of School, Center for Early Education Excerpt from Independent School magazine.

Lead Good leadership is the foundation of a thriving school. NAIS strives to help your leadership team succeed. We help you understand best practice across all areas of your school operations; highlight models of diversity, inclusion, and innovative programming; and provide you access to the most relevant data needed to make sustainable decisions.

Average number of bills and regulations reviewed each week by the NAIS government relations team

Number of page views in one year on the NAIS Online School Search


800 100% 58,244 Percentage of NAIS heads who find it important that NAIS promote its Principles of Good Practice

Number of job seekers registered in the NAIS Career Center

Number of countries that have schools involved in the NAIS Challenge 20/20 program


Average number of attendees each year at the NAIS Annual Conference


158,637 Number of financial aid applications submitted in one year through School and Student Services (SSS By NAIS)

41 Number of charts available with schoollevel data in Data & Analysis for School Leaders (DASL)

NAIS member schools rely on NAIS to create and collect resources targeted specifically for independent schools. NAIS publications take on valuable topics such as trends, trustee training, head of school searches, and fund-raising tactics. NAIS “Principles of Good Practice” lay out specific standards of good practice in all areas of operations. Web content and enewsletters provide up-to-date opportunities and information.

Learn “The NAIS Trendbook covers all the major drivers for independent schools. It distills the relevant data into a handful of pages and then provides very useful action steps that can either be turned into questions for discussion or implemented as they are.” John Davies Head of School, Miami Country Day School

Dorothy Bond Maddock Director of Admissions The Shipley School

Len Armstrong Head of Lower School Landon School

“We use the NAIS Parent Satisfaction Survey every other year. It has helped us track trends while also focusing on specific areas using the customized questions.” NAIS Member

Analyze Good decisions are data-driven, but finding reliable data can be difficult. NAIS conducts research and produces digestible reports you can use to evaluate your school practices. We also identify relevant external research and explain how to use it. Or, you can collect data your way: Through StatsOnline, benchmark your school’s figures; through the Survey Center, decode parents’ perceptions or evaluate trustee performance; and through the Demographic Center, gather a comprehensive picture of your enrollment landscape.

Ongoing learning and idea sharing keep NAIS schools strong and innovative. The NAIS Annual Conference and People of Color Conference offer more than 8,000 independent school professionals the chance to connect, recharge, and be inspired. The School Leadership Institute, Institute for New Heads, Leadership through Partnership, Diversity Leadership Institute, and SSS Leadership Forum provide targeted, hands-on professional judgment.

Attend “My one goal for the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) was   to learn how to change the world. The teachers and friends I encountered at SDLC have now equipped   me to be able to do so.” Student attendee NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference

David Liebmann Assistant Head of School Fay School

“It’s all about our students: the stories,   the triumphs, the innovation, the creativity, the determination —   to share in these moments, that’s the   fun part for me.” Martin C. Jones Director of Marketing and Communications, Oregon Episcopal School

Schools become NAIS members to benefit from targeted products and services that save them time and money and help them operate more efficiently and effectively. They join for high-value tools like the School Search and Career Center that connect them to prospective families and teachers. Plus, as part of a vibrant community of schools, members benefit from networking and access to resources that encourage them to think more broadly about their future.


The National Association of Independent Schools provides services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,400 nonprofit, private K-12 schools in the U.S. that are self-determining in mission and program and are governed by independent boards.

Contact us Please contact us at the phone number or email address below. If you work at an NAIS member school, we can help you make   the most of your benefits. If you are interested in finding out about membership, we can discuss how NAIS can serve your school.

(202) 973-9700


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NAIS’s mission is to be the national voice of independent schools and the center for collective action on their behalf.

2013-14 NAIS Viewbook  

Read about the benefits of NAIS membership.