MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP

Prior to submitting an application for PAIS membership, leadership must be able to establish that the School:

  • Is academic in its mission.
  • Is a not-for-profit, IRS designated 501(c)(3) organization.
  • Is governed by an independent Board of Trustees.
  • Is funded primarily through tuition, endowment revenue, and/or philanthropy, not by tax or church funds.
  • Is applying to become a candidate in the PAIS (Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools) accreditation process or
  • Is currently accredited by MSACS (Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools).
  • Has a written policy of non-discrimination.
  • Has conducted a certified independent audit including the auditor's opinion letter.
  • Is able to comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding discrimination in all aspects of school operation as provided by law.

TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP
Regular Member:
  • Meets published criteria for membership, including accreditation by PAIS or MSACS
  • Has been approved by the PAIS Board of Directors
  • Attends the Annual Meeting of the Corporation with full voting privileges
  • Pays annual dues set by the Board of Directors
Candidate Member:
  • Is a newly approved member
  • Has been accepted into the PAIS accreditation process
  • Is currently in the self study process and working toward full PAIS accreditation status
  • Attends the Annual Meeting of the Corporation with full voting privileges
  • Pays annual dues set by the Board of Directors
Provisional Member:
  • Is a newly approved member
  • Is preparing for acceptance into the PAIS accreditation process
  • Attends the Annual Meeting of the Corporation with full voting privileges
  • Pays annual dues set by the Board of Directors


MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES

Member schools have several ongoing responsibilities which contribute to the high quality of PAIS schools and are conditions of PAIS accreditation and membership. A member school must:

  • Maintain high standards as an educational institution.
  • Adhere to the National Association of Independent Schools Principles of Good Practice.
  • Maintain the standards set forth by the Association.
  • Comply with federal, state and local laws and codes.
  • File reports and pay member dues.
  • File an annual report including statistics on enrollment, grade level, finances, faculty, and program changes in a manner prescribed by the Board of Directors.
  • Conduct an annual certified audit, and forward a copy of the auditor’s opinion letter each year.
  • Contribute as a proactive citizen school of the Association.
  • Provide the PAIS office with the names of experienced administrators and teachers available to serve on Visiting Evaluation Committees.
  • Encourage teachers and administrators to serve on Visiting Evaluation Committees, both to support the PAIS accrediting mission and to take advantage of this professional development opportunity.
  • Send a representative to the PAIS Annual Meeting.

PAIS accredited schools become members of the Association and are encouraged to remain current and knowledgeable about pertinent legislation and to participate in other PAIS services.