The Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools is a voluntary membership organization that promotes high educational quality for its schools through the establishment and advancement of comprehensive accreditation standards
. In administering the accreditation process
for independent elementary and secondary schools in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, the Association assists schools with the process of school improvement. Key to this process is the recognition that each school has a unique mission and philosophy. The Association does not try to impose a specific set of criteria that each school must meet; rather, the Association's standards are based upon those qualities that have been deemed necessary in a quality institution.
To see whether your school is mission appropriate, please read The Essential Characteristics of PNAIS Schools. If so, please download the appropriate membership application and/or contact our Executive Director, Meade Thayer at .
For more information about PNAIS membership and to download an application, please click on the following links: