About SAIS

You do it all. We’re here so you don’t have to do it alone.

We are SAIS: a professional organization that helps independent schools of all sizes, and their leaders, stretch their potential through industry-leading accreditation, resources, and professional programs that make your job easier and your school stronger.

SAIS is your secret ingredient for school success. 

More than just an accrediting organization, we’re your school’s support system, heart home, and strategic advisor — the partner you need to meet the moment and prepare for the future. 

With more than 390 member K-12 schools from 16 U.S. states, the Caribbean, and Latin America (representing 227,000+ students!), SAIS is the largest regional independent school association in the country. (So you’ll be in pretty amazing company.)

Our mission: to strengthen member schools by providing high-quality accreditation processes, comprehensive professional growth opportunities, and visionary leadership development programs. 

Get ready to grow with us.  

When you join the SAIS community, you become both a partner and a friend. We provide independent schools with a steady direction and a helping hand that allows you to:

  • Grow and strengthen your school through focused, flexible accreditation and high-caliber professional development.
  • Prepare for anything with practical research, big-picture planning, and streamlined news and trends.  
  • Lead with heart and find your people in a community of peers who truly understand the challenges you face and the wins you celebrate.

Our approach? Think of it as warm hugs & crispy bacon.

We provide the substance you need and the personal connection you deserve — because although right now times are tough, we believe independent schools are tougher.