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Types of Membership
Accredited Member (full membership)
Independent schools within the 13-state ISACS region of the Midwest that meet membership standards and that have successfully completed the accreditation program are Full Members. "Independent school" shall be construed to mean those elementary or secondary schools that are incorporated not-for-profit; schools with early childhood programs are eligible provided that they also offer some of the elementary grades (typically at least through grade 6). Member schools shall continue in good standing so long as they comply with the standards established by ISACS and meet the other obligations which are detailed in the by-laws and the resolutions duly adopted and enforced by the ISACS board of trustees. Each member school shall be entitled to two votes. One of these shall be cast by the head of the school; the other shall be cast by a teacher/representative of that same school. The manner in which such a teacher/representative is appointed, elected, or selected shall be left to the discretion of each individual school. The school must also pay annual ISACS dues that are based on a sliding scale from approximately $2000 - $8500, depending on enrollment.
Provisional Member (provisional membership)
Independent schools within the 13-state ISACS region of the Midwest that have successfully operated for a minimum of three (3) consecutive years, but have not yet been evaluated by ISACS or by an equivalent agency approved by ISACS; or those formerly accredited members which, after formal ISACS accreditation, are found no longer fully compliant with one or more of the Membership Standards, but are acting in good faith to return to full compliance are Provisional Members. Provisional Members may complete the accreditation process within three years (and must complete it within seven years) from the time of designation as Provisional Member. Schools of this category may share in all of the privileges of membership except that of voting. Again, schools are responsible for annual ISACS dues based on a sliding scale from $2000 - $8500, depending on enrollment.
New School Services (operating less than three years)
Services shall be provided, upon a two-thirds vote of the board of trustees, to new schools within the ISACS region not established long enough to qualify for full or provisional membership (i.e., schools that have offered full services to students less than three years). Schools in this category are eligible to subscribe to the services of ISACS. New Schools are entitled to receive publications and attend meetings, but without voting privilege. No school may continue to receive New School Services beyond its third (3rd) year except with the approval of the board of trustees. Such approval may be granted, on a year-to-year basis, upon request of the school. Schools are also responsible for annual ISACS dues based on a sliding scale from approximately $1000 - $4500, i.e., one-half full dues for member schools, depending on enrollment.
Schools that are in the planning stages and do not yet have students enrolled and attending. Schools in this category are eligible to subscribe to the services of ISACS but they shall not be members. They may received help and advice from ISACS, may receive ISACS publications, and will be allowed to attend ISACS functions at member fees.
Affiliate Members shall be educational institutions or organizations concerned directly or indirectly with independent education but not qualifying for accreditation through ISACS. Affiliate Members are entitled to receive publications and attend meetings, but they have no voting privileges. Affiliate Members are eligible to receive ISACS consulting services. Annual ISACS Affiliate Member dues are $1500.
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