Serving over 80 member schools, 3500 faculty and staff, and 38,000 students, NCAIS is uniquely positioned to help YOUR school be effective, efficient, nimble, and resilient in an ever-changing educational environment.  A leader among independent school associations nationwide and the Voice of independent education in NC, NCAIS challenges the status quo, anticipates trends, embraces bold initiatives, and brings schools together.  Experience the personalized attention, unparalleled programs, collaborative network and expansive resources available ONLY at NCAIS.

Let NCAIS be your partner, today and tomorrow! 

Statewide Network of Colleagues

From Heads of School and Trustees to classroom support staff, NCAIS provides opportunities for networking, building community, collaboration, and the sharing of resources.


Collective Buying Power

NCAIS is at the forefront of the virtual resource market, vetting and negotiating pricing for our schools' most wanted and needed digital content, subscriptions, online courses, and virtual platforms.



Accessible and Affordable

From nationally known presenters to leadership team development, NCAIS offers local, affordable, and high-quality professional development, right in your own backyard. No need to travel far and wide, as our workshops, summits, and conferences are held right in NCAIS schools. We even offer opportunities for customized on-site team and leadership development.

Legislative Advocacy

Guided by experienced lobbyists at Smith Anderson, NCAIS maintains an active presence in Raleigh, monitoring legislative activity and engaging in lobbying efforts on bills of interest.  NCAIS works to build strategic relationships with non-NCAIS stakeholders, advocacy organizations, and legislators with the primary goal of protecting our schools' independence from governmental intervention.

Innovative Partnership Opportunities

NCAIS is well-positioned at the front lines of innovation, entrepreneurship, and global education, always on the lookout for new collaborative partnerships for our schools. Our most recent venture is with Wake Forest University and New Oasis International Education, offering opportunities for NCAIS schools to engage faculty and students in university level research to assist the Wake Forest Center for Global Programs in developing and implementing global competencies.