Schools seeking PAIS accreditation must first become a provisional member of the Association. The steps for a school to become a PAIS member are as follows:

  • Confirm that your school meets Criteria for Membership below
  • Contact the PAIS Executive Director, Gary J. Niels, at 610-567-2960 or [email protected] to discuss PAIS membership
  • Complete the online MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Upon receipt and review of your school's application materials, PAIS will contact you to arrange a required school visit by a small committee, which will include the Executive Director and 1-2 other persons. They will tour the school and meet with key school leadership, including the Head of School and the Chair of the Board. A report will be submitted to the PAIS Board of Directors at its next scheduled meeting following the visit. The Board will review all information and will notify you of the status of your application.

If Regular, Provisional or Candidate Membership is granted, your school will be billed the prorated amount required for dues to the Association. Annual dues are based on the School's enrollment for the academic year. Schools seeking PAIS accreditation and accepted into Candidate Membership will pay an additional $750 accreditation application fee. Upon payment of the dues, your school will be eligible for all member benefits and services.