NAIS Vision

NAIS envisions "a vibrant community of independent schools for a changing nation and demanding world."

Our refreshed mission keeps our focus on your school and your needs: "NAIS empowers independent schools and the students they serve."

Behind the vision and mission are the following four values, which guide our work at NAIS. We know they are likely critical concepts in the work you do at your school as well. Click on the images to read about initiatives we have underway at NAIS that relate to these values. 

Excellence: Achieving extraordinary quality

This is the heart of the independent school experience: providing students an excellent educational and life experience. At NAIS, we strive to highlight this excellence to the wider world, and to make our programming, tools, and resources excellent so they can better help you.

Equity: Serving all students equally well

The independent school community has a long-standing commitment to the principles of equity and justice. At NAIS we provide ways for schools to build on this commitment through professional development, best practice, and idea sharing.

Efficiency: Ensuring every dollar provides maximum benefit to students

To support the excellent learning that goes on in the classroom, there must be efficient administration that ensures a school's future and the best use of its tuition and donor dollars. At NAIS, we invest your member dues in resources that best serve schools.

Emotion: Exhibiting passion and commitment

Stories of individual students are what drive schools and what can help schools communicate their unique value. At NAIS we amplify these individual and collective stories to illustrate the role they play in advancing the nation's education offerings.


Antidiscrimination Statement

All participants are welcome to participate in NAIS programs. NAIS has an institutional commitment to the principles of diversity. In that spirit, NAIS does not discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, sexual orientation, age, physical challenge, nation of origin, gender, or any other characteristic.