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School Stories: Back to School Events

Opening convocations, Friday night tailgates, and parent open houses. Back to school events bring our communities together as we build relationships with new families and prepare for the new year. For the first time in a long time, our students […]

SAIS Annual Conference Preview

The 2022 SAIS Annual Conference, October 23-25, in Nashville, promises to bring together independent school leaders for unparalleled access to solutions, best practices, and professional connections. Mike Flanagan from the Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC) will kick off the conference on Sunday […]

News – From SAIS President Debra Wilson – September 2022

Happy September, Friends! I hope this second week of September finds you enjoying cooler and dryer weather as we head into the head of the southern summer for many of us. This time of year is among my favorites on […]

Update: Nonprofit Status and Federal Financial Assistance

SAIS recently joined the National Association of Independent Schools, National Business Officers Association, the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, and the Palmetto Association of Independent […]

News – From SAIS President Debra Wilson – August 2022

Hello Friends! Welcome back to another school year. We at SAIS are delighted to congratulate 73 heads who are new to their roles this year, the biggest turnover among heads that we have seen in some time. Among those leaders […]

School Stories: How Do You Celebrate Your 175th Birthday?

By Jennifer Parris, St. Mary’s Episcopal School St. Mary’s Episcopal School, the oldest independent school in Tennessee, celebrated its 175th anniversary with a party last spring, the culmination of a yearlong campaign to honor and remember the traditions and legacy […]

Dodging Potholes: An Open Letter to New Heads of School

By Carolyn Chandler, Strategic School Partners Dear Friends, It’s August, and you are more than ready to take the reins of your new school. The board’s transition committee has done a great job of helping you settle in; you’ve met […]

Community & Belonging Survey of Students

The EE Ford Foundation is undertaking a project to understand the social-emotional well-being, sense of belonging, level of engagement, and degree of connectedness of independent high school students in the United States and Canada. The Foundation has reached out to association partners like SAIS to alert schools to […]

School Security Survey Results

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Service and Emotional Support Animals on Campus

Confusion may occur when families inquire about having animals on campus. This article from the ADA outlines an explanation of service vs. support animals, responsibilities of handlers, where they are allowed and under what conditions. In this legal advisory written […]