Membership Status

Full Member (Voting Members)

A Full Member shall be an independent nursery/kindergarten, elementary, or secondary school elected as such by the Board of Trustees and which:

  • Shall be incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation;
  • Shall have served as a Provisional Member prior to becoming a Full Member;
  • Shall have been operating as an independent nursery/kindergarten, elementary, or secondary school for at least five (5) years.
  • Shall adhere to NYSAIS criteria of non-discrimination in hiring and admissions; and
  • Shall have been accredited by the NYSAIS Commission on Accreditation

Each Full Member shall be represented by a duly authorized delegate of such school, who shall have one (1) vote. Full Members shall elect the Board of Trustees, and transact other business that may come before it. Full Members shall be provided with legislative services.

Provisional Member (Non-Voting Members)

A Provisional Member shall be an independent nursery/kindergarten, elementary, or secondary school elected as such by the Board of Trustees and which:

  • Shall be incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation;
  • Can and will meet the standards for full membership and accreditation within five (5) years of its election as a Provisional Member;
  • Shall adhere to NYSAIS criteria of non-discrimination in hiring and admissions; and 
  • Shall be subject to visitation from time-to-time by representatives of the Board of Trustees.


No Provisional Member shall serve as a Provisional Member for longer than five (5) years, unless otherwise extended by a majority vote of the Board of Trustees. Provisional Members shall not be entitled to vote. Provisional Members shall be provided with legislative services.

Association Members (Non-Voting Members)

An Association Member shall be a non-profit association concerned with independent school education elected as such by the Board of Trustees. Association Members shall not be entitled to vote and shall not be provided with legislative services.

Associate Members (Non-Voting Members)

An Associate Member shall be an independent educational organization that is not an incorporated not-for-profit, such as a proprietary school, whose standards are neither accredited nor endorsed by NYSAIS, but shall:

  • Be located in the State of New York;
  • Be accredited by an accrediting body acceptable to the NYSAIS Trustees;
  • Adhere to the NYSAIS criteria of non-discrimination in hiring and admissions;
  • Be operated for five (5) consecutive years under the same ownership;
  • Provide NYSAIS with supporting documentation as required;

Associate Members shall not be entitled to vote and shall not be provided with legislative services. All correspondence and marketing materials from the Associate Member that indicates a membership in NYSAIS must clearly indicate Associate Member status. Associate Member schools will be so identified by NYSAIS in all NYSAIS marketing such as web-based school search engines. Associate membership is not transferable and associate member schools which change ownership shall be required to re-submit an application for NYSAIS membership. Charter schools shall not be eligible for Associate Member status.

 Dues

Dues are assessed annually and are based on the size of a school. Schools that are accredited by NYSAIS are also subject to an annual accreditation fee.  A schedule of current dues and fees is available by request.

NYSAIS Events Registration
    • January 24, 2022 What Remote Learning Has Taught Us About Executive Functioning and What Do We Do Now 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom, Andrew Ayers and Amelia Glauber, Collegiate School 
      Three-part series: Mondays, January 24, 31, & February 7, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      Audience:  Educators, K- 5th Grade
      Details and Registration here!
    • January 25, 2022 Using Statistical Data, Quantitative Maps, and ArcGIS Mapping to Analyze Social Justice and Environmental Issues 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMeSeminar
      Online via Zoom
      Tuesday, January 25, 2022 
      Presenter: Ayo Magwood, Uprooting Inequity LLC
      4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      Audience: Middle and High/Upper School STEM and human geography educators, and curriculum/academic deans
      Details and registration here.
    • January 29, 2022 Trustee Governance Conference: Strategic Thinking for Boards and Heads of School 9:00 AM to 12:15 PMZoom

      Online via Zoom.

      Target Audience: Heads and Trustees

      Speakers: Nishant Mehta, Anne-Marie Balzano, Ari Betof, Tony Featherston, Mark Lauria, Mary Kay Makunas, Duby McDowell, Mark Mitchell, Caryn Pass, Staci Williams Seeley, and Amada Torres. 


      Details and registration here.
    • February 3, 2022 Experienced Teachers Institute (ETI22) Mohonk Mountain House

      Thurs. Feb 3 - Sat. Feb. 5, 2022
      New Paltz, NY

      Proof of Vaccination Required

       Leaders: Annie Byerly, Javaid Khan, Kenny Graves

       Details and Registration are here.

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