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Ohio Association of Independent Schools

The Ohio Association of Independent Schools consists of 44 member schools throughout the state of Ohio, all committed to the quality education that independent schools provide to students from diverse backgrounds. Each school is governed by an independent board with a focus on the school and education itself, not other issues that may affect the quality of a school’s curriculum or teaching.

Our schools believe the state of Ohio’s government ought to give more freedom and independence to private schools to operate and teach according to each school’s mission instead of bogging down administrators with government mandates. OAIS continues to lead the fight at Ohio’s Statehouse for more freedom from government mandates for private schools.

35 of the 44 OAIS members are accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States.

Our Member Schools

OAIS member schools are found in most areas of the state of Ohio. Our membership offers a variety of learning and teaching methods for all kinds of students.

Learn more about our member schools here.

Our Subscribers

OAIS is proud to have the support of corporate subscribers who are affiliated with OAIS member schools. Our subscribers offer valuable services to our schools and also support the mission of OAIS.

Learn more about our subscribers here.


Parents who send their children to independent schools offer many reasons for their decisions. Just a few include:

  • Small classes in which teachers know the students as individuals
  • Academic rigor and challenging course work
  • Teacher excellence and commitment to both their students and their own professional growth
  • Close-knit communities which have high expectations both for the success and the moral and social responsibility of their members.

Learn more at National Association of Independent School’s Parent Information


The Teacher Services Committee (TSC) of OAIS includes representatives from the member schools who plan and sponsor various programs and workshops to support excellent professional development for classroom teachers. The TSC crafts excellent professional development for Ohio’s independent school teachers in order maintain the richest possible academic environment for our students.