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Benefits of Membership


Since 1995, NJAIS has been accrediting its member schools throughout New Jersey. NJAIS provides:

  • A full-scale, standards-based accreditation program for each member school every ten years.

  • Trained peer evaluators from other independent schools in New Jersey or other states. NJAIS accreditation teams include highly respected teachers and administrators.

  • Detailed reports on school visits to aid in school improvement and guide program development and strategic planning for schools.

  • Personalized professional staff support for individual schools preparing for accreditation visits.

  • Cooperative accreditation agreements with the American Montessori Society, Association of Waldorf Schools, and Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges.

  • An accreditation program recognized internationally by the International Counsel Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA, formerly the NAIS Commission on Accreditation).


With a tradition of excellence in the area of professional development, NJAIS continually strives to offer innovative learning events on a full range of topics using a variety of formats. Grounded in best practices and tailored to current and future needs of independent schools, we offer many events throughout the year that include:

  • A Biennial Conference featuring leading international experts in education and related fields.  (The next dates are 22 October 2018 and 26 April 2019.)

  • An annual Trustee Enrichment Day for members of the Board of Trustees at schools, along with other administrators. (Next on 12 January 2019, at Pennington School.)

  • Leadership Institute that helps train teachers and administrators for further leadership roles in independent schools. (Next 2018-19, "Grit and Grace:  Women in Leadership)

  • Day-long workshops, each with a focus on current trends and research in varied educational topics

  • Round tables that provide for an extended conversation around specific topics

  • A formal leadership role for teachers through service as the school's NJAIS representative to the Professional Development Committee

  • Updated and ever-changing resources on the NJAIS website that include recommended reading, articles, handouts, and links to additional professional information

  • An annual institute dedicated to Instructional Skills (for new and experienced teachers and administrators)

  • An annual conference dedicated to Heads of School

  • An annual conference dedicated to Admissions Officers

  • An annual conference dedicated to Finance Officers.

  • An annual conference dedicated to Development Officers.

  • The opportunity to serve on accreditation visiting teams

  • A career center with job listings on the NJAIS website

  • The invitation to provide feedback to NJAIS regarding the learning needs of those in member schools

  • Consultations with NJAIS staff members or retired Heads of School and retired Business Managers through the "Encore Series."

  • The opportunity to provide feedback related to the professional growth needs at the school

  • Active listservs for affinity groups that provide a forum for professional exchange of information.


NJAIS engages in public advocacy that protects the independence of its member schools from governmental regulation.

  • As a member of the NJ Nonpublic Advisory Council, NJAIS provides members substantive legislative information

  • NJAIS coordinates with the Catholic Conference at the state level representing the interests of independent schools in the state

  • Executive Director provides synthesis and analysis of legislative information

  • NJAIS is recognized as a premier accrediting body in New Jersey for independent schools.

  • Yearly non-discrimination advertisement published in the Star-Ledger

  • Member Schools Directory provides links from the NJAIS website to your school. This means prospective parents get access to your school through NJAIS.

  • Participation in joint marketing efforts to increase the visibility of NJAIS schools

  • Legal advice at discounted rate through Weiner Law Group.


Clear, accurate, informative data is essential for planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs. NJAIS communicates with members regularly through several venues.

  • Listservs for target constituency groups.

  • A library of resources on our website, including monographs on topics germane to independent school leadership, governance, and operations.

  • Research-based collection of regional statistics on enrollment tuition, salaries, budgets, annual giving, enrollment, attrition, etc.

  • Periodic communications to Heads of Schools containing professional and legal information, as well as news from member schools

  • Collective insurance purchasing through The Garden Group.

  • Reduced rate purchasing through WB Mason.


NJAIS publishes a list of our schools and the non-discriminatory statement required by law to appear in a paper publication annually.


NJAIS provides direct and immediate support for members who are confronting difficult issues as well as in-depth and sustained support in developing programs of excellence. NJAIS offers consultations on the following topics.

  • Governance issues, conflict management, and strategic planning

  • Mentoring programs for teachers, facilitating teacher services committees, and supporting teacher representatives by the Director of Professional Development

  • Visiting team training workshops, accreditation Steering Committee training by the Director of Accreditation


Opportunity for NJAIS member secondary schools to play in the Prep Tournaments


Equally important, if less tangible, are the many opportunities for collegiality and networking that come from association with peers in other independent schools across the state of New Jersey and regionally.The opportunity to develop lasting professional and personal relationships with others who do your work in similar independent schools is particularly rewarding as you have the chance to share and learn about the best practices in peer schools in our area

NJAIS members have immediate access to a strong network of colleagues committed to supporting one another in advancing all aspects of the independent school experience.

  • A democratic governance structure with representation on the NJAIS Board of Trustees

  • Liaison with and access to national, regional, and state associations such as the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The Council for American Private Education (CAPE), and a variety of other independent school organizations.

  • Assistance with marketing through strong advocacy for independent education

  • Fellowship with colleagues at events including the Heads Lunch Bunch.

In the exploratory stages are opportunities for reduced-rate graduate school courses for faculty at member schools.

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