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Virginia Association of Independent Schools

The Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) is a non-profit, voluntary membership association of schools that share compatible philosophies and goals.  Established at Charlottesville, Virginia, on April 30, 1973, through the merger of the Virginia Association of Preparatory Schools (VAPS) and the Virginia Association of Independent Elementary Schools (VAIES), VAIS is an affiliate of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and a member of the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) and the NAIS Commission on Accreditation. The VAIS and its member schools comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding discrimination in admission and employment.

VAIS Mission

The Virginia Association of Independent Schools is a service organization that promotes educational, ethical and professional excellence. Through its school evaluation/accreditation program, attention to professional development and insistence on integrity, the Association safeguards the interests of its member schools. The purpose of the Association is advanced through:
  • An evaluation and accreditation program, recognized and approved by the Virginia State Board of Education and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), that stimulates continued improvement of its schools 
  • The sponsorship of a broad program of professional opportunities for teachers, administrators, and trustees that improves their professional skills and enhances the educational opportunities of its member schools 
  • The safeguarding of the interests of member schools in matters of legislation and regulation 
  • The promotion of the well-being of the public’s regard for member schools 
  • The promotion of independent education and related issues, and 
  • Cooperation with other associations, organizations, and agencies in increasing and improving educational opportunities in Virginia. ‚Äč

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