Accreditations and Memberships

The Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS), a member of the NAIS Commission on Accreditation, has voluntarily submitted to a rigorous and impartial review of its accreditation program and demonstrated its adherence to the Commission’s Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices. ISAS is commended by NAIS for the quality of the Association’s accreditation program for its Member Schools.

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SAES is a member in good standing of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation. It has voluntarily agreed to abide by the Commission’s Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices and to submit to a thorough review and evaluation of its accreditation standards, criteria, and procedures. SAES is recognized by state agencies and by eleven Episcopal dioceses within the six states served by SAES.


The NAIS mission is rooted in the core values of independence, interdependence, inclusivity, and innovation. We believe the freedoms derived from independence and self-determination are deserving of preservation, worthy of emulation, and a source of the success of independent schools in preparing students to contribute effectively toward a peaceful, prosperous, just, and equitable world. The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) exists to represent and sustain schools that are self-determining in mission and program, free from government control, and governed by independent boards.

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CSEE provides leading resources, expert voices, and an active forum for ethical growth and spiritual development in academically rigorous schools. CSEE represents a broad network of schools that share resources and commit together to nurture ethically rigorous and spiritually grounded citizens for tomorrow's world.



The mission of the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) is to serve those who serve Episcopal schools. Within the Christian tradition of inclusion and open inquiry, NAES: • Affirms the spiritual dimension of learning that values both faith and reason. • Creates and nurtures an extended community of leaders in order to foster partnerships, unity, mutual support and professional growth. • Promotes personal formation through moral, spiritual, intellectual, creative, physical and social development. • Assists Episcopal schools in creating supportive communities through worship, learning, pastoral care and service. • Recognizes, appreciates and supports the diversity within and among Episcopal schools.