is a voluntary association of 198 independent nursery, elementary, and secondary schools enrolling over 83,000 students. It is affiliated with the National Association of Independent Schools and the New York State Coalition for Independent and Religious Schools. Founded in 1947, the Association is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Established originally to protect New York independent schools from obstructive legislation and regulation, the Association has added substantially to the range of its activities since its founding. These activities include:

  • evaluation and accreditation of member schools
  • professional learning for faculty, administrators, and trustees
  • advocacy for independent education
  • legal and institutional counsel
  • information on legislation, regulations, statistics, educational developments, and administrative practice

The affairs of the Association are overseen by an executive director and a board of trustees comprised of current heads and trustees of NYSAIS schools and elected by the membership at an annual meeting.

Full membership in the Association is open to non-profit independent, nursery, elementary, and secondary schools, and to non-profit associations concerned with independent education. Associate membership is available to certain other private or quasi-private educational institutions.

NYSAIS Facts at a Glance

  • 196 - the total number of member schools

Of those:

  • 116 schools in NYC
  • 20 on Long Island
  • 13 in Capital District
  • 13 in Lower Hudson Valley
  • 13 in Westchester
  • 12 in Western Lakes
  • 2 in Lake Placid
  • 1 in Syracuse
  • 1 in Cooperstown
  • 1 in Istanbul, Turkey


  • 62 with religious affiliation
  • 24 with boarding programs
  • 19 with programs for special needs students
  • 16 that are all boys
  • 14 that are all girls

NYSAIS Schools educate a total of over 83,900 students

NYSAIS Events Registration
    • November 2, 2020 The Further Horizon: Planning for Long-Term Disruptions 3:00 PM to 5:00 PMeSeminars on Zoom
      Online via zoom - Three-part workshop series;  Mondays, November 2, 9 & 16, 2020
      Audience:  Administrative Team (Heads, Trustees, CFOs, Directors of Diversity, Admissions, and Advancement, Assistant Heads, Division Heads
      Details and Registration here!
    • November 5, 2020 Building Community in Today's Unique Lower School Classroom Environment 3:30 PM to 5:00 PMeSeminar

      Online via zoom, Jessica Catoggio, Director of Professional Learning at World Leadership School

      Audience: K-6 Educators

      Registration and details here.

      This event is eligible for ETI cohort registrants.

    • November 6, 2020 ATLIS Cyber Safety Workshop 12:00 PM to 3:00 PMeSeminar
      Online hosted by ATLIS - Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools
      A 2-part workshop on consecutive Fridays: Nov. 6 & 13, 12 noon-3:00 p.m.
      Audience:  School leaders and technologists
      Fee for NYSAIS member schools: $150
      Limited availability!
      Register here! Use discount code: NYSAISSafe
    • November 10, 2020 Fostering Fluency In The Language of Music 4:00 PM to 5:00 PMeSeminar

      Online via zoom, Oran Etkin, Founder of Timbalooloo Music

      Audience: PreK-Lower School teachers, and Music Teachers

      Registration and details here.

      This event is eligible for ETI cohort registrants.

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