WFIS was created 50 years ago to be the advocate for private schools with state and federal agencies, to ensure legislative policy includes the considerations of private schools, and to be the conduit between the various private school constituency groups. Under COVID-19, WFIS also became connected with local city councils and county health officials as each region was dealing with unique situations and policies.
Benefit of WFIS Membership
The greatest perk of WFIS membership is the access to information and resources WFIS provides to our members. School leaders and staff can reach out with questions about anything related to your school community and WFIS will respond within 48 hrs or less with answers or suggestions. Other benefits include:
- WFIS Weekly Update – every Friday school leaders receive an email news brief outlining the key topics and addressing top concerns. This will include reminders about upcoming OSPI, SBE and DOH requirements, details on early learning, changes to policy that affects private schools, opportunities for resources, etc.
- WFIS Leaders Weekly Zoom Meetings – Your school admin team can attend our standing weekly meetings at their convenience to ask specific questions and get direct feedback from WFIS and the group during our .K12 Leaders Zoom on Tuesdays and the Thursday Early Learning Directors Zoom.
- WFIS members are directly engaged to inform our messaging to the government and legislators. Asking school leaders to share their unique perspective is the best way to affect policy and motivate change. Strong advocacy starts with listening to each constituent’s needs and concerns, then moves to outreach.
- WFIS aligns with organizations such as law firms, insurance providers and other experts to offer our membership materials, trainings and discounts at various intervals throughout the year.
WFIS Membership runs July 1st – June 30th. Dues are based on the PreK – 12th grade student enrollment as submitted to the state on Oct 1 of the prior academic year. There is a base fee of $100 per school campus + $5.75 per student = Annual Membership Dues. Small School Membership for schools with under 50 students is a flat fee of $385. Schools serving a high percentage of low-income students can request a Special Membership Discount for their first year dues. Pacesetter Schools generously pay an additional $1 per student to subsidize membership for others. Pacesetters are distinctly featured in the Private School Directory, highlighted in WFIS outreach, and invited to lead trainings at WFIS hosted events or serve on committees supporting eduction policy.
NOTE: We will review your application to confirm your school’s WA State Approval is current then notify you within 5 days of your school’s membership determination. Your school will not be viewable in the public online directory until final approval.