Arizona Independent Schools -- Celebrate the Difference!

The Arizona Association of Independent Schools (AAIS) represents 10 member schools  state wide unified by a common mission--to promote high standards, educational quality, and ethics as a banner of education in the state of Arizona through professional development, outreach and advocacy. 

Different from public schools, charter schools, private schools and parochial schools, independent schools are free to build programming that fits the mission and vision of each school respectively.  Financed by tuition payments, charitable contributions, and endowment revenues, and governed by their own board of trustees, Arizona independent schools affords families an educational experience that exceeds state curriculum standards nurturing the students’ intellectual ability and curiosity, as well as their personal, social growth and civic conscience.

What Do Independent Schools Value?        
  • Providing a safe environment
  • Employing high quality teachers
  • Maintaining discipline
  • Keeping students motivated and enthusiastic about learning
  • Supporting an atmosphere that says it is okay to study and excel
  • Small classes
  • Individualized instruction
  • Accessible educators 
  • Parent involvement