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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. 

The ISACS Professional Development team has partnered with incredible local hotel brands - The Godfrey, Virgin Hotels, all four of the Kimpton Chicago properties, the Wyndham Grand, the Swissotel Chicago, and the Club Quarters at Wacker and Michigan. All of which are within walking distance to the ISACS office. As a member of ISACS, you have access to discounted rates all year long for both professional and personal travel to the city. Click here to access the neighborhood hotel page to view each of the hotels and their yearly rates. Select the one that best meets your needs and book!. If you have any issues booking a room, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190. 

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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