How We Function

WFIS is networked with similar organizations in other states through the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).

40 years representing the interests of all private schools in Washington

WFIS board members are current Heads of School, Superintendents and Constituency Leaders elected for 3 year terms from the state’s 18 affiliate organizations comprised of the Catholic Dioceses; Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI); Christian Schools International (CSI); Lutheran Schools; Montessori Schools; Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS); Seventh-day Adventist Schools (SDA); and other religious and independent institutions, including Waldorf Schools, Historian Brethren, and institutions supported within the Jewish and Islamic communities.  

WFIS holds regional summits, community gatherings and school administrator meetings throughout WA state to inform our Board of Directors in establishing direction for educational policy agenda focused on shaping pre K-12 education in WA state relating to teacher supply, certification and professional development.  WFIS actively works with the State Board of Education (SBE), the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Professional Educators standards Board (PESB), the Department of Early Learning (DEL) and the Department of Health Safety Regulations (DOH) to coordinate the standards for teacher preparation, professional certification, continuing education and leadership cultivation. 


WFIS is the appointing agent for private school representation on all college and university Professional Education Advisory Boards (PEABs), the Private School Advisory Committee to the Superintendent of Public Instruction (PSAC), and the Admissions and Professional Conduct Advisory Committee (APCAC).

WFIS established a Private School Representative seat with full voting privileges on the State Board of Education and Private School Representation within the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).  WFIS gained revision to private school teacher certification requirements in order to reflect diverse missions of private schools as well as acceptance of mission-oriented accreditation in WA State.

OSPI works closely with the Washington Federation of Independent Schools, and both organizations strive to provide solid leadership and advice to the member schools.

Dan Newell Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education & Student Support, OSPI