Association Memberships

National Organizations

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
NAIS’s mission is to act as the national voice of independent pre-collegiate education and as the center for collective action on behalf of its membership. It serves and strengthens its member schools and associations by articulating and promoting high standards of educational quality and ethical behavior by working to preserve their independence and by advocating broad access for students in affirming the principles of equity and justice.

Association of Waldorf Schools of North American (AWSNA)
The association gives its 140 affiliated Waldorf schools a forum in which to address issues that are common to all Waldorf schools such as educational integrity, organization coherence and financial sustainability. Meetings, conferences, and workshops, ongoing research, publications (such as Renewal, the twice yearly journal for Waldorf education that is distributed to all SFWS families), and consulting services provide help for schools at different levels of development. SFWS sends representatives to the AWSNA Delegates Conference, which is held twice a year.

Waldorf Early Childhood Association (WECAN)
The association’s mission is to protect and nurture the healthy development of the young child. It provides resources for early childhood educators and parents interested in Waldorf early childhood education.

State and Regional Organizations

Development and Administrative Network of AWSNA (DANA)
DANA is that part of AWSNA that supports a network of school administrators and development personnel who provide a resource and vehicle for sharing of fundraising and administrative expertise for schools. DANA holds regular regional meetings of administrative staff members in schools twice a year, and SFWS sends two or three people each time the Northern California region meets.

People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS)
POCIS is an organization that supports teachers, administrators, parents, and students who believe that diversity and multiculturalism are essential to quality education for all.

Bay Area Organizations

The Bay Area Admission Directors Group (BAAD)
BAAD is a collaboration of the Bay Area independent high school admission officers whose members meet twice a year to establish common admission dates, educate new members, and discuss current issues in the Bay Area high school admissions process.

Bay Area Directors of Admissions (BADA)
This is a consortium of over 50 independent grade schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, which meets bi-annually to agree upon standard admission practices and share enrollment strategies and other pertinent collegial information.

Bay Area Independent School Librarians (BAISL)
BAISL is an association of professional school librarians who believe that the library is a central and indispensable academic force within the independent school. Member librarians span over 150 independent school libraries throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, creating a powerful consortium, a connected community, and a supportive environment for members.

Independent Schools of the San Francisco Bay Area (ISSFBA)
This is a consortium of over 50 independent grade schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, which meets bi-annually to agree upon standard admission practices and share enrollment strategies and other pertinent collegial information.

Parents Coalition of Bay Area High Schools (Website)
The mission of the Parents Coalition of Bay Area High Schools “is to educate and inspire parents of adolescents as well as to advance communication and understanding with our teens.” This organization is made up of volunteer parents from independent and public schools within the Bay Area. The Coalition strives to build community bridges by bringing adolescents, parents and professionals together to share information on various topics. Parent representatives from individual high schools serve as a vital link to each school's parent body. Representatives report directly back to their own parent organization.

Bay Area Conference of California Interscholastic Federation (BAC)
The Bay Area Conference (BAC) is a member of the North Coast Section of the California Interscholastic Federation, the governing body for all interscholastic athletic programs in California high schools. The BAC has as its major guiding principles the development of scholar athletes, character and team building, and sportsmanship. Participation in conference governance maintains the essential communication that occurs between our sister high schools pertinent
to athletics and nurtures the good relationships that we have with all of the BAC schools.