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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Independent School Associations’ Response to Federal Court Ruling

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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 […]

Investing in Early-Career Teachers

By Meera Shah, Trey Education That First Year I became an independent school teacher via the typical script. I was a bright and eager engineering major right out of college who had no background in education and whose only teaching […]

SAIS Accreditation: Jumping Through Hoops or Getting Engaged?

By Joanne Andruscavage, Director of Accreditation, SAIS When you read the word “accreditation,” what comes to mind? Dread? Drudgery? A series of hoops your school must jump through to earn recognition? A certificate? What’s your “elevator speech” about your school’s […]

School Stories: The Mount Vernon School’s Innovation Diploma

By Brad Droke, The Mount Vernon School In the spring of 2014, Mount Vernon Ventures at The Mount Vernon School hosted an event called the Council on Innovation, where several groups of students were assembled to engage in a design […]