As we work to advance the work of PAIS, we clearly articulate our mission, vision and values for the Association as a framework to guide our strategic decision-making, further engage educators, enhance our professional development programs, and inspire our accreditation process.

To champion high quality, safe, equitable, and sustainable schools that significantly impact the lives of students. PAIS guides its members through an adaptive, strategic accreditation process, advocates for independent schools and cultivates a warm, professional association where vibrant exchange inspires educators to deliver programs rooted in best practices.  

To empower and support educators in shaping generations of open-minded, inquisitive learners as they prepare to meet the opportunities and demands of an ever-changing world.


  • Principled and Responsive Leadership
  • Just and Inclusive Campuses
  • Engaging and Transformative Teaching
  • Vibrant and Evolving Schools