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Accreditations and Professional Memberships


California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)

CAIS is an organization of 233 independent elementary, middle, and secondary schools in California. CAIS serves and strengthens its schools by:

  • empowering school leaders through ongoing training, accountability, and individualized support
  • setting standards of academic quality and conduct
  • facilitating the professional growth of faculty, administrators, and trustees
  • promoting ethnic and socio-economic diversity


Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC)

The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) extends its services to over 5,200 public, independent, church-related, and proprietary pre-K–12 and adult schools, works with 20 associations in joint accreditation processes, and collaborates with other organizations, such as the California Department of Education (CDE).

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Professional Memberships

Association of Educational Therapists (AET)


AET is the national professional association for educational therapists. AET defines and sets standards for the professional practice of educational therapy. Educational therapists provide a broad range of tailored educational interventions for children and adults with learning disabilities and other learning challenges.

California Association of Private Specialized Education and Services (CAPSES)

CAPSES is a statewide professional association of nonpublic schools, agencies, organizations, and individuals who specialize in the delivery of quality special education programs to students with special education needs.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children thrive in a world of media and technology. They empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all children’s lives.

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

Education’s leading resource for knowledge, standards, advocacy, and training in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing, and related activities.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

IDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with Dyslexia, their families, and the communities that support them.

International Dyslexia Association, Los Angeles Branch (IDALA)

IDALA is a non-profit organization that serves Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. Their mission is to raise awareness and understanding of Dyslexia, to promote effective practices, and to support individuals with Dyslexia, their families, and professionals in the field. Their educational workshops and community events are open to all. Explore their website and discover a wealth of up-to-date information about Dyslexia.

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)

Since 1963, LDA has provided support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals. At the national, state and local levels, LDA provides cutting-edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources. These services make the Learning Disabilities Association of America the leading resource for information on learning disabilities.

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

NAIS is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 2,000 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,600 independent private K–12 schools in the U.S.

Private School Village (PSV)

PSV is a parent-led, voluntary 501(c)3 nonprofit community-based organization that focuses on the social, emotional, and mental health implications related to being enrolled in predominantly white institutions. Founded in 2018, PSV cultivates community to positively transform the private school experience for Black and brown families so that students fully thrive. In partnership currently with more than 65 greater Los Angeles-based private schools, PSV works to empower parent engagement to instill student well-being, normalize inclusive and equitable communities, and encourage lasting systemic and institutional policy change.

Southern California People of Color in Independent Schools (SoCal POCIS)

SoCal POCIS gives professionals in education the resources to foster a more open, welcoming culture utilizing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) initiatives to create positive change and address unconscious bias. They provide schools with:

  • Seminars, workshops, and speakers bring innovative educational ideas to independent school communities.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshops and speaker events
  • Networking opportunities among independent school administrators and educators
  • Diverse curriculum recommendations for BIPOC students, parents, and faculty

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