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Benefits of Membership


The Independent Schools Association of the Central States is one of the largest regional organizations serving the independent school community. ISACS currently provides services for more than 230 schools across the Midwest. For over forty years, schools have turned to ISACS for assistance regarding accreditation, professional development, and best practices in independent education.

ISACS accreditation services are highly regarded in the independent school community. This seven-year cycle is based upon meeting ISACS standards, on the fit between a school's stated mission and actual program implementation, and a thorough process of school improvement. With the guidance of our highly experienced Office of Accreditation and the Accreditation Review Committee, visiting teams support schools in a comprehensive and broad-based review of their programs and operations.

ISACS provides a wide variety of professional development opportunities for our membership. Administrators and teachers consistently rate the ISACS Annual Conference, Heads Conference, and New Teacher Institute as defining experiences in their educational careers.

The ISACS staff provides consulting services to member schools in the areas of governance, accreditation, professional development and most aspects of independent school management.  These services are provided to members at no cost except for expenses. 


When the ISACS office relocated to the downtown Chicago area, we partnered with Club Quarters Hotels to offer the ISACS membership low rates when visiting Chicago for ISACS business, school business or even personal use. Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan is the preferred location as it is conveniently located less than three blocks from the new ISACS office/conference room. Click here for more information on Club Quarters and how you can take advantage of these membership rates. 

We invite you to visit each area of this site to discover the many advantages of membership in the Independent Schools Association of the Central States. Schools or educational organizations interested in applying for ISACS membership should contact Andy Gilla, Director of Communication, Outreach, and Research, 312-750-1190.

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