Virginia Association of Independent Schools

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Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) is a non-profit, voluntary membership association of schools within the state of Virginia. The VAIS is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. Prior to its establishment in Charlottesville, Virginia on April 30, 1973, a small number of independent schools’ headmasters known as “The Baker’s Dozen” met informally, teachers at their independent schools held conferences, and development coordinators hosted their own meetings to discuss commonly held educational issues. While the Virginia State Department of Education accredits independent and other nonpublic pre-school, elementary and secondary schools via the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE), the VAIS is a service organization that promotes educational, ethical and professional excellence.

According to their website, "the stated purposes of the Association have been to promote the well-being of and public regard for independent schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia; to safeguard the interests of these schools in matters of legislation and regulation; to act as an evaluating and accrediting organization for independent schools in Virginia; to foster mutually beneficial relations with the Virginia State Department of Education and other educational agencies; to assist member schools in maintaining standards of excellence; to encourage activities and to exchange information about new methodologies and practices; and to provide community service and leadership." [1]

Members of VAIS[edit]

VAIS members are not only located all across the state, but also the list comprises all grade levels, and both secular and religious schools.[2]

Hampton Roads[edit]

Northern Virginia[edit]

Northwest Virginia[edit]


Southwest Virginia[edit]



  1. ^ "Virginia Association of Independent Schools: Celebrating 40 Years". Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Virginia Association of Independent Schools: VAIS Schools By Region". Retrieved 30 March 2013.

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