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Member Responsibilities

What are the responsibilities of a PAIS accredited school?

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.

    Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) • 37 East Germantown Pike, Suite 302 • Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
    610-567-2960 • Fax 610-567-2963


    PAIS is an equal opportunity employer. PAIS and its member schools comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding discrimination in admissions and employment.
    PAIS is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to accredit private schools in the State of Pennsylvania.
    PAIS is internationally recognized through the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA) Commission on Accreditation.

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