LMAIS is an Association Member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), Illinois Coalition of Nonpublic Schools (ICNS),and Council for American Private Education (CAPE).
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), governed by a board of trustees and staffed by approximately 40 individuals, is a membership organization and the national voice of independent education. NAIS represents approximately 1,400 independent schools and associations in the United States, and affiliates with independent schools abroad as well. They offer a broad variety of services and products.
The Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), is a membership organization of 230 independent schools from 13 states of the Midwest region. The purpose of ISACS is to promote the development of strong learning communities characterized by high achievements, social responsibility, and independence of governance, programs and policies. This goal is achieved through a rigorous accreditation process, targeted professional development programs, and focused support services.
The Illinois Coalition of Nonpublic Schools (ICNS), is a state-level advocacy organization that promotes all forms of non-public schooling (Preschool-12th grade) in Illinois. Members include virtually every independent, parochial(Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim), and home-school association in the state. These associations represent approximately 325,000 students 1,500 schools. ICNS works primarily with legislative bodies and the IL State Board of Education to discourage public policies that are detrimental to non-public schools and to encourage public policies that are beneficial to our interests. ICNS is also the state-affiliate of a national organization (CAPE-Council for the Advancement of Private Education) in Washington, DC, that does similar work at the federal level. (Pat Bassett, President of NAIS, is a very active board member of CAPE).
The Council for American Private Education (CAPE), is a coalition of national organizations and state affiliates serving private elementary and secondary schools. There are 33,740 private schools in America; in fact, one in four of the nation’s schools is a private school. More than six million students (11 percent of all students) attend them. CAPE member organizations represent about 80 percent of private school enrollment nationwide.