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What are the Steps to Apply for PAIS Membership?


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:

  1. Confirm that your school meets the criteria for PAIS membership.
  2. Contact the PAIS Executive Director, Gary Niels, at 610-567-2960 or to discuss PAIS membership.
  3. Review the information and complete the Membership Application.
  4. Submit the following to the PAIS office:
    • The completed PAIS Membership Application
    • The School's admissions packet
    • For schools currently accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, a copy of the report from your school's most recent accreditation visit

Application for PAIS Membership (pdf download)

After your application is received

Upon receipt and review of your school's application materials, PAIS will contact you to arrange a required school visit by a small committee, to include the Executive Director and one or two other persons, to tour the school, meet with key school leadership, including the Head of School and the Chair of the Board. The responsible PAIS representative will submit a report 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 your school is approved for PAIS membership

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.

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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