Connect. Collaborate. LEAD.

The Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to 95 independent private schools across Virginia, which serve more than 30,000 students in grades PreKindergarten-12. VAIS is led by an experienced staff who actively promote the excellence, growth, and success of Virginia's independent schools by providing relevant and rewarding opportunities for connection, collaboration, and leadership.

Our Mission

The Virginia Association of Independent Schools is a service organization that promotes educational, ethical and professional excellence. Through its school evaluation/accreditation program, attention to professional development, and insistence on integrity, the Association safeguards the interests of its member schools. 

Our Services

The purpose of the Association is advanced through:
  • An evaluation and accreditation program, recognized and approved by the Virginia State Board of Education and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), that stimulates continued improvement of its schools
  • The sponsorship of a broad program of professional opportunities for teachers, administrators, and trustees that improves their professional skills and enhances the educational opportunities of its member schools
  • The safeguarding of the interests of member schools in matters of legislation and regulation
  • The promotion of the well-being of the public’s regard for member schools
  • The promotion of independent education and related issues, and
  • Cooperation with other associations, organizations, and agencies in increasing and improving educational opportunities in Virginia.
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