About LAIS

The Louisiana Association of Independent Schools was incorporated in 2009 as a voluntary, nonprofit organization of independent elementary and secondary schools located throughout Louisiana.

LAIS exists for the purpose of:

  • Strengthening and facilitating communication among member schools
  • Promoting the traditional freedom of independent schools
  • Supporting the accreditation and regular evaluation of schools to stimulate continuous school improvement
  • Advocacy of independent education in the public domain
  • Cooperation with regional and national organizations, example: SACS, SAIS, NAIS
  • Sponsorship of professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, trustees, and other school personnel
  • Sponsorship of leadership, educational and cultural opportunities for students and parents

Independent schools have carefully defined missions and are supported by tuition payments, charitable contributions and endowment revenue.

Independent schools are accountable to regional or national accrediting agencies, holding themselves publicly accountable to all who seek assurance that they meet generally accepted standards of educational excellence, operation and staff competence.

LAIS serves with more than 2,000 teachers and principals; as well as, approximately 15,000 students. The association encourages communication among member schools, fosters the traditional freedom of the independent school to practice its philosophies of education, and serves as a liaison with regional and national accrediting agencies, and the National Association of Independent Schools. LAIS schools do not discriminate in their admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, educational policies, and athletic and other school administered programs. LAIS provides numerous educational and professional development opportunities for school administrators, teachers, trustees, parents, and students.

Our schools vary widely in size and type of campus.  Some are coeducational, others are single sex; many are non-sectarian, while some have religious adiliations; most are day schools, but some offer boarding facilities.  All are close- knit communities designed to nurture student achievement and develop habits of life long learning and community service.

Professional Development

LAIS organizes conferences, workshops, and residential institutes for teachers, school heads, trustees, assistant and division heads, business and financial managers, and administrators.  As we establish dates and venues for these events, they will be posted on our calendar.
The LAIS professional development committee works with the executive director on programs that include workshops and conferences for teachers and administrators.  Various collaborative efforts with neighboring state associations of independent schools add depth to the program.  The committee works to interpret the needs of LAIS professionals, providing timely opportunities for education and networking.