How We Function

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

Representing the interests of all private schools in Washington since 1970


WFIS board members are current heads of school, superintendents, and constituency group leaders elected for 3-year terms from 18 affiliate organizations comprised of the Catholic Dioceses; Association of Christian Schools International, Christian Schools International, Lutheran Schools, Montessori Schools, Northwest Associations of Independent Schools, Seventh Day Adventist Schools and other religious and philosophical institutions including Waldorf, Jewish and Islamic education.

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 Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) various committees such as the Early Learning Advisory Council.  WFIS appoints representatives from the private school community to work groups and State agency councils.

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 helped revise private school teacher certification requirements to reflect private schools’ diverse missions and 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