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Founding Mission Statement
Puget Sound Independent Schools promotes the value of local independent school education, and works collaboratively to make the admission process more accessible for prospective families.
Founding Statement of Purpose
Puget Sound Independent Schools members are affiliated with the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) and adhere to best practices in independent school education provided by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Puget Sound Independent Schools members work together to:
- Promote independent school options in our region through shared marketing, events, and outreach
- Streamline the admission process by offering common admission forms, coordinating open house dates, and establishing common admission deadlines
For over 15 years, admission directors in the Seattle area have convened to agree on common admission dates and a common teacher evaluation form. A small group of Seattle and Eastside admission directors formed as the Northwest Admission Collaborative (NAC) to work on additional common application materials to simplify the admission process for families. In 2013, the NAC surveyed the regional admission director group and with their support, a more formal admission consortium was created to provide structure to the existing collaboration on admission dates, forms, marketing, mentoring, and outreach. The group has a self-governing Steering Committee with elected officers. All Puget Sound area schools affiliated with NWAIS are invited to join the consortium.
- Presence on a website for prospective families containing a school directory, interactive event calendar and map, and information about independent school education and the admission process.
- Access to school fairs in the fall:
- Independent School Fair for People of Color
- Seattle Independent School Fair
- Eastside Independent School Fair
- Common forms – More than 30 independent schools use one or more of the common application forms developed by the consortium.
- Teacher Evaluation
- Student Essay
- Parent Essay
- Transcript Request
- Mentorship for new admission professionals
In order to sustain the scale of offerings and provide increased benefits, the consortium will charge annual dues of $350 to member schools for the 2013-2014 school year. Member schools get involved by volunteering for the consortium’s work groups: Marketing, Forms, Mentoring, and Events. They meet throughout the year to refine and expand the consortium’s benefits and offerings.
For more information regarding Puget Sound Independent Schools, please contact the Co-chairs, Pam Lauritzen and Kathy Mitchell O’Neal:
- Pam Lauritzen, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Bertschi School, 206-442-6855
- Kathy Mitchell O’Neal, Director of Enrollment Management, University Prep, 206-832-1115