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AAIS Member Schools:

Free to develop our own curriculum and provide an academic environment that exceeds state requirements, AAIS member schools are fully accredited and work towards providing an educational experience that nurtures intellectual curiosity, personal growth, and critical thinking skills, as well as, introducing students to exciting and challenging subjects including art, music, theater, foreign language, global and environmental education and technology. 

Aligned with the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) principles of best practice, AAIS member school are dedicated to continual improvement and support the state and national core standards movement.
    All Saints' Episcopal Day School - Phoenix, AZ                                         

Why belong to AAIS? 

As an organization, we are dedicated to drawing the distinction between independent schools, public schools,  charter schools, small private schools or parochial schools. Member services include:                                    
  • Group Marketing Strategy
  • Bi-Annual Conference
  • Web Based Networks 
  • Professional Development Programs
  • An Art Show
  • Job Mart                              

Membership Categories

Different than public schools, charter schools, small private schools or parochial schools, AAIS member schools are unique in the curriculum they offer, their management and financing.  Two membership categories exist: 

Full Membership. Independent Schools that are determined to have met all provisions outlined above are eligible for full membership status with the Arizona Association of Independent Schools.  Each Full Member School is awarded one representative seat on the General Board. This ONE representative has full voting privileges at Meetings of the General Board.

Provisional Membership.   Schools may be considered for provisional membership by vote of the Executive Committee. Each provisional member school is afforded the opportunity to send a representative to meetings of the General Board but that representative has no voting privileges. To be eligible for provisional membership, schools must furnish evidence that they are working towards and will soon satisfy all of the conditions necessary for full membership.

For information on membership contact arizonaindependentschools@gmail.com

Membership Requirements

The Arizona Association of Independent Schools is a voluntary membership organization. To apply for membership a school must meet the following qualifications:

  • Hold nonprofit status in accordance with the laws of the country of location;
  • Operate in the State of Arizona;
  • Have a written policy of nondiscrimination in employment and governance;
  • There shall be no discrimination by the Arizona Association of Independent Schools in the selection of its governing board or in the employment of personnel, because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, or handicapped status in violation of existing state or federal law or regulations.
  • Have in place a policy providing for a periodic professional audit or a financial report and letter of assurance attested to by a certified public accountant (schools whose annual operating budget is in excess of $100,000 will be expected to have full opinion audits);
  • Serve students in at least three consecutive grades;
  • Provide a complete curriculum for their students;
  • Hold full accreditation by an accrediting body accepted by NAIS for its membership;
  • Be governed by an Board of Directors; and
  • Comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws.

The AAIS Board of Directors retains the exclusive authority to approve new members