School Membership

NAIS member schools are preschool-13 private, independent schools of all types and sizes around the country. Being a part of the NAIS community helps you stay updated on best practices and keeps your school competitive among your peers. When your school joins NAIS, every staff and faculty member of your community—from teachers to trustees—gains access to all of our resources. Learn more about NAIS member benefits.

Requirements of Membership

NAIS member schools are nonprofit, independent schools located in the United States.* To be eligible to be an NAIS member, a school must demonstrate in the application process that it meets the following requirements:

  • Has 501(c)(3) nonprofit status
  • Is governed by an independent board of trustees**
  • Has been fully accredited by an approved organization
  • Has demonstrated a commitment to diversity in compliance with state and federal law, as evident in all nondiscrimination policies for admission and hiring
  • Agrees in spirit with the NAIS Principles of Good Practice
*Independent schools in Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands may choose to apply for membership OR to become a Standard or Premium Subscriber.

**The school is not run or controlled by an outside entity (church, foundation, etc.) that may undermine the independent operations of your board.

Candidate Membership

If your school is not yet accredited but is actively working toward it, you may still be eligible to be an NAIS candidate member. Candidate members have full access to NAIS benefits, with the exception of voting at the NAIS Annual Membership Meeting. To learn more, please contact us through our Help Center or call (202) 973-9700.

Schools that do not meet some of this criteria may join as a Premium or Standard Subscriber. Organizations and nonprofits can join as an NAIS Supporter.

Annual Membership Dues

The dues for school membership are based on student enrollment. Schools that join NAIS between April–June of 2020 will pay dues for the 2020–2021 school year (beginning July 1, 2020). With this payment, you will receive complimentary membership through June 30, 2020.

The 2020–2021 dues rate is $14.94 per student in grades K–13, and $7.47 per preschool and pre-kindergarten student. Dues will not exceed $12,675 or be less than $350. 

Ready to apply?

The NAIS staff is currently working remotely and mail will take longer than usual to get to the appropriate team. To expediate your application, please email your completed application to us

If you have any questions, please contact us through our Help Center or call (202) 973-9700.