About ISACS > Mission

The Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) is a membership organization of more than 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.


  1. Maintain the accreditation process at the highest level.
  2. Provide exceptional and accessible professional development opportunities.
  3. Nurture and support school leadership at every level.
  4. Create incentives and design programs to encourage the participation of each member school for the benefit of all member schools.
  5. Ensure a deep commitment to multiculturalism and equity.
  6. Advocate for independent education and for ISACS.
  7. Ensure the financial health of ISACS as an organization.


"Excellence, Equity, and Independence"


The Independent Schools Association of the Central States is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated by the state of Indiana. Member participation and decision-making are paramount components of our organizational structure. ISACS accomplishes this through four meetings each year of the Board of Trustees. The Board is comprised of teachers, trustees, and administrators who are elected annually by the membership. ISACS especially values its democratic tradition of teacher representation on the Board of Trustees. Direction of the association’s activities and services is the responsibility of a full-time president and a small office staff. Much of our work is carried on by volunteers who plan and provide professional growth activities, serve on accreditation teams and participate on board committees. Members of the board usually chair standing committees to plan services, review and oversee the accreditation program, supervise financial accountability, plan activities for faculty and trustees, and address timely issues of concern to schools.

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