Agencies and Committees

WFIS represents the interests of private schools on agency boards and working groups and serves as the official liaison organization for independent schools with OSPI and the Department of Early Learning.

WFIS Agency and Committee News


Registration for the 2019 Private Schools Summer Conferences is open

This year’s Private Schools Summer Conference will offer three two-day sessions on Differentiation: Practical Strategies for Implementation led by Class Measures. Class Measures associates are skilled in the art of demystifying differentiation, supporting teachers to...

Early Learning Advisory Council meeting in April

The April Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) meeting took place in Lacey on April 2.  WFIS representations Chelle Downey-Magee attended and shares the details below:Feedback loop from previous meetings:Performance-based Contracting Standards—Stacey...

Puget Sound Regional High School Art Show Awards

On the evening of Wednesday March 20th students & their families, as well community arts organizers, high school educators and WA State college & university representatives, joined together to celebrate creativity and arts education at the Annual...

Final ELAC Report of 2018

Chelle Downey-Magee is the WFIS Representative on ELAC, Washington's Early Learning Advisory Council.  Her report on the final ELAC meeting of 2018 follows:   The agenda for this meeting was quite forward looking--to the next legislative session, to...

Fall 2018 Constituency Group Leaders Meeting

On Friday October 26th, WFIS convened the Constituency Leader annual fall meeting. Directors from the different education and accrediting organizations met to get updated by WFIS and one another on the issues facing schools, exchange information, and...

WIAA crafts NEW reclassification amendment

The overarching principal that guided the discussion is that all of the schools that are members of the WIAA should be treated as just that—members of the WIAA. Private / public isn’t as important as supporting all of the athletes no matter where they attend school.

About our work


WFIS representatives work with State Agencies, including the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), The Department of Early Learning (DEL), The Department of Health and others to advocate for the particular needs of private schools.

WFIS representatives at OSPI, DEL and on the State Board of Education communicate regularly with WFIS to help guide and change policy to reflect private school needs.

WFIS works directly with the executive directors of the accreditation organizations in Washington to protect the integrity of accreditation and our schools.   We call these leaders “Constituency Leaders” and rely on their in depth understanding of their schools to guide WFIS’ policy decisions.

WFIS is in Olympia during the legislative session, building relationships with Legislators and their staff, collaborating with lobbying organizations with similar goals, as well as reading and contributing to legislation to be sure private schools are considered when law is crafted and when it is passed.