Some states do not have their own private school associations. Schools band together across state lines forming regional associations. These associations have the same purpose as state associations. More here.
Some states do not have their own private school associations. Schools band together across state lines forming regional associations. These associations have the same purpose as state and national associations which is promote private schools and to share latest and best practices. Also included are several associations in major metropolitan areas.
- Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington
- Association of Independent Schools of New England
- Cleveland Council of Independent Schools
- Fairchester Independent Schools
- Independent Schools Association of the Central States
- Independent Schools Association of Northern New England
- Independent Schools Association of the Southwest
- Long Island Association of Private Schools and Day Camps
- Los Angeles Area Schools
- New York Interschool
- Pacific Northwestern Association of Independent Schools
- Southeastern Association of Boarding Schools
- Southern Association of Independent Schools
- Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools
- Western Boarding School Association
Do the schools you are researching belong to state independent school associations? If not, find out why not!
Most private schools belong to state associations. Besides the 'strength in numbers' which benefits them in state and local issues, schools learn from each other through seminars, workshops and conferences. State associations often provide listings of open houses and employment opportunities. Find out whether the schools in which you are interested belong.
- Advancement for Delaware Valley Independent Schools
- Alabama Independent School Association
- Association of Colorado Independent Schools
- Association of Independent Maryland Schools
- Association of Independent Michigan Schools
- Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington
- California Association of Independent Schools
- Connecticut Association of Independent Schools
- Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
- Florida Council of Independent Schools
- Georgia Independent School Association
- Hawaii Association of Independent Schools
- The Minnesota Independent School Forum
- Mississippi Private Schools Association
- New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
- New York State Association of Independent Schools
- North Carolina Association of Independent Schools
- North Carolina Christian Schools Association
- Ohio Association of Independent Schools
- Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools
- South Carolina Independent Schools Association
- Tennessee Association of Independent Schools
- Virginia Association of Independent Schools
- Washington Federation of Independent Schools
As you research schools, check the national and state associations. Is the school you are considering a member? If not, why not?
The private school which you are looking at claims to be a member of several national associations. These links will help you do your own due diligence to confirm that claim. They are also very useful for finding a specific kind of school in your area. Schools which are members of national associations inspire confidence because they are privy to the latest and best in private education.
- American Association of Christian Schools
- American Montessori Society
- The Association of Boarding Schools
- Association of Christian Schools International
- Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the U.S.
- Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
- Benedictine Schools
- Catholic Boarding Schools Association
- Council for American Private Education
- Department of Defense Schools
- The Friends Council on Education
- Islamic Schools League of America
- Jesuit Secondary Education Association
- National Association of Episcopal Schools
- National Association of Independent Schools
- National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools
- National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children
- National Association of Street Schools
- National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs
- National Catholic Educational Association
- National Coalition of Girls Schools
- National Independent Private Schools Association
- National Lutheran School Association
- NAFSA: Association of International Educators
- Sacred Heart Schools
How do I know how this school compares with the others I am considering? Has anybody ranked private schools?
You would think that finding out how one private school compares to another would be a no brainer, right? In a consumer driven age where we can find out information instantly, it is still very difficult and very tedious to find out how one private school compares to another. In other words, there is no easy answer to the question parents ask most often: “What is the best school in _______?”
Why is it so hard to get answers? For two reasons. First of all, the private schools themselves circle their wagons and will not participate in any survey which tries to rank schools. The private school community refuses to engage in the sort of annual publicity stunt which U.S. News and World Report and other publications put out for colleges and universities every year
Secondly, private schools don't receive any direct public funding. As a result, they are not subject to the kind of reporting requirements with which public schools must comply. NCLB (No Child Left Behind) does not apply to private schools, only to public schools.
The federal Department of Education does maintain data on private schools. The Private School Universe Survey (PSS) supplies statistical information about K-12 private schools. The PSS does not rank schools. It merely helps you determine how many Montessori schools are located in Montana. It is useful for policy makers and planners who need to know how many students go to private schools as opposed to public schools. It will not
You can send in a resume and use an agency, but the very best way to find a private school job is to use your network. You do have a network, don't you?
You can send in a resume and use an agency to find a private school job. But the very best way to find a private school job is to use your network. You do have a network, don't you?
In truth, the private school job hunting season never ceases. The main window of opportunity is from December through March. Not much happens on either side of those months unless a school has an unexpected vacancy.This is where your network comes in. Let's say that you are thinking about finding a new position for the next school year. You should try to firm up that decision by the end of October or November so that you can begin your active job search.
Check the job boards in the areas you are thinking about moving to. Register with an agency which specializes in placing private school teachers. They will know about openings. That will get you thinking about the possibilities.
Know why you want to make a move. Are you making a lateral move, i.e., moving to another school to do the same thing as you have been doing. Or are you thinking about different responsibilities such as being an administrator? It is very important for you to have your goals clearly understood. That will be invaluable during the interview process when the inevitable question "Why do you want to leave St. Swithin's and come teach at our school?" is asked.
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