Council for American Private Education

Voice of America's Private Schools

Cape Kids

CAPE Member Organizations

Agudath Israel of America

Agudath Israel of America

Agudath Israel of America, founded in 1922, is a broadly based organization with chapters in major communities throughout the United States and Canada. It sponsors a broad range of constructive projects in the fields of education, children's welfare, and social action affecting the lives of young and old in far-flung parts of the Americas, Israel, Europe, and elsewhere. Its responsibilities include representing and promoting the interests of the Orthodox yeshivos and day schools across the country.

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Association of Christian Schools International

The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) exists to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to be devoted followers of Jesus Christ. ACSI works to accomplish its mission by providing many of the resources needed by nearly 24,000 member schools in over 100 countries around the world. The combined enrollment of these member schools exceeds 5.5 million students, making ACSI the largest Protestant school organization in the world.

ACSI began in 1978 as the result of a union of several Christian school associations throughout the United States. ACSI is a nonprofit religious education association that functions as a practitioner organization with a professional staff and a committed board of directors.

The primary service ACSI offers to strengthen member schools is accreditation through its REACH instrument and accompanying relationships with all of the regional accrediting agencies in the United States. ACSI provides curriculum and standardized testing services to Christian schools via its publishing arm, Purposeful Design.

ACSI equips Christian educators primarily through professional development. ACSI’s newest medium for the delivery of professional development is NEXUS, a transformative learning community for Christian educators. This program offers professional development through NEXUS Live, an annual event that is “satellinked” to over 100 sites around the world. Additionally, through ConNEXUS, educators can access more than 500 hours of on-demand, high-level audio/video professional development. They may also participate in informal professional development through the ConNEXUS community of Christian educators.

ACSI's global headquarters is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Nine U.S. regional offices serve member schools in every state. ACSI also has an office in Washington, D.C., which deals with U.S. legislative and regulatory matters. Outside the United States, 18 ACSI offices serve member schools on five continents.

ACSI member schools integrate faith and learning so that one day students will integrate faith and life. We believe that the world needs devoted followers of Jesus Christ who are thoroughly prepared to fulfill the purposes for which God created them.

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Association of Christian Teachers and Schools


The Association of Christian Teachers and Schools (ACTS) offers a wealth of benefits to Christian school teachers and administrators.  It strives to enlist every Assemblies of God or Pentecostal / Charismatic Christian teacher and school as active members of its Spirit-filled team.  The association’s vision is to join with Christian teachers and schools to build Christian leaders for the 21st century who are empowered by the Holy Spirit.  ACTS seeks to promote Christ-centered, Bible-based, Holy Spirit-directed solutions to the education challenges facing our world today.

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Association of Waldorf Schools of N.A.


The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America is an association of independent Waldorf schools and Waldorf teacher education institutes.

AWSNA's mission is to encourage and further Waldorf education, and to assist each school and teacher training center linked through it in the United States, Canada and Mexico to improve the quality of the education it offers.

Waldorf Education is a developmentally appropriate, balanced education that integrates the arts and academics for children from preschool through twelfth grade. Waldorf Education encourages the development of each child's sense of truth, beauty, and goodness; an antidote to violence, alienation, and cynicism. The aim of the education is to fully develop the capacities of each student and to inspire a love for lifelong learning.

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Christian Schools International

Christian Schools International is a community of Christian day schools and affiliated institutions which share a Reformed, Christian perspective. Our members are located primarily throughout North America and are organized geographically into districts. Our mission is to advance Christian education and to support schools in their task of teaching students to know God and his world and to glorify him through obedient service. Christian Schools International, through the international office or its districts, provides programs for and counsel to school boards, administrators, students and teachers. We also assist member schools in serving the parents and constituents in their communities. Specifically we provide:

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    Council of Islamic Schools in North America


    The Council of Islamic Schools in North America is an association of Islamic schools and educational organizations working to improve Islamic schools through accreditation, consultation, and professional development; advocating for Islamic education; and fostering professional relationships with educational institutions and agencies relevant to Islamic education.

    CISNA aspires be a leading and unifying organization striving for the advancement of Islamic schools and Islamic education respectively. Its goals are to promote Islamic schools and Islamic education on a global level; provide accreditation services; provide professional development at a global level; foster professional relationships among Islamic schools and other organizations; and provide consulting services relevant to Islamic education.

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    Council on Educational Standards and Accountability


    The Council on Educational Standards and Accountability exists to motivate, support, and hold accountable Christian schools that aspire to superlative academic standards, institutional best practices, and collaboration with like-minded schools.

    CESA serves Christian schools and Christian organizations through leadership services, academic enrichment, programmatic development, professional development, and by providing fellowship and fraternity to those who serve within Christian institutions. Coming alongside schools and organizations, CESA seeks to enable Christian schools with rigorous, objective standards to guide their development, providing schools with the tools necessary to reach such standards and the networks necessary to propel Christian schools with excellence and accountability as their hallmarks.

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    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


    Education has been a cornerstone in the Lutheran tradition. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) continues to provide and support schools for children in their youngest stages of development through to those who pursue learning in the university. The ELCA is a church body of three and a half million members belonging to over 9,200 congregations throughout the United States and the Caribbean. More than 1,400 congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America provide an early childhood education center, elementary school and/ or secondary school.

    The programs are an integral element in the ministry of the congregation as it carries out its mission in developing intellectual skills of youngsters as well as nurturing spiritual formation. Lutheran schools and centers can be found in urban, suburban and rural settings serving a quarter of a million children. The children and students enrolled in these schools often are not Lutheran. It is not the intent of congregations to operate schools solely for members, but rather as a way of reaching out and cooperatively joining hands with the community in efforts for quality education of the whole child. More than one third of the students enrolled in Lutheran elementary and secondary schools and almost one quarter of the school staffs are African American, Hispanic or Asian.

    The ELCA churchwide organization works through the association of ELCA Schools and Learning Centers — the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association — to support these schools and centers. The Association provides services to the schools and centers. The Association also supports the ELCA in the use of schooling for mission outreach. Programs of the Association include resources for congregations, pastors, school administrators, principals, directors, schools boards, committees and parents. 

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    Friends Council on Education

    The Friends Council on Education nurtures the spiritual life of Friends schools, strengthens the connections between the schools, and serves as the national voice of Quaker education.

    Friends Council provides consultations, publications, programs, professional development, and peer networks to promote the Quaker philosophy of education and enrich Quaker testimonies in school life.


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    Islamic Schools League of America

    The Islamic Schools League of America works in partnership with educators, organizations, and universities to foster the development, growth, and quality of Islamic education primarily by establishing networks, providing resources, disseminating knowledge, nurturing leadership, and carrying out critical and foundational research on Islamic education and full time schools.

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    Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

    Since 1640 Lutheran schools have existed in our country. Early Lutheran settlers upheld the high value of education which continues to be upheld by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). According to the LCMS by-laws, "the most effective education agencies available to the church for equipping children and youth for ministry are the full-time Lutheran elementary and secondary schools."

    Initially our schools were begun to teach the church family's students how to read so they could study the Bible and the catechism. Gradually, the curriculum was expanded to include the other subjects which became standard in the "new" public schools, so Lutheran school students could become productive Christian citizens and church leaders. It is assumed that the Christian faith is shared, as opportunities arise, throughout the school day in all subjects by Lutheran Christian teachers.

    From our oldest Lutheran school, St. Mathew in Manhattan, which has been continuously operating since 1752, the LCMS has expanded to 2023 Lutheran schools. There are Lutheran schools in every state. Currently, there are 62 LCMS high schools, 991 elementary schools and 1,170 early childhood centers serving a total of 280, 714 students. Of this total, 199,209 students are in elementary schools, 16,047 in secondary schools and 65,458 in early childhood centers. A total of 17,819 educators serve in this schools, 70% of which are specifically prepared and certified by the LCMS to serve in our Lutheran schools. Most early childhood educators are employed part time. These church-certified educators are considered to be Ministers of Religion, Commissioned by the LCMS. Most also hold state teaching certificates.

    Approximately 42% of the students in Lutheran schools are members of the operating congregations. The rest, 58%, come from the general public, seeking the quality Christian education we provide. Luther school students are 84% white, 6% Black, 5% Hispanic, 3% Asian and 2% from other racialgroups.

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    National Association of Episcopal Schools

    The mission of the National Association of Episcopal Schools is to serve those who serve Episcopal schools. Within the Christian tradition of inclusion and open inquiry, the National Association of Episcopal Schools:

    • Affirms the spiritual dimension of learning that values both faith and reason.
    • Creates and nurtures an extended community of leaders in order to foster partnerships, unity, mutual support, and professional growth.
    • Promotes personal formation through moral, spiritual, intellectual, creative, physical, and social development.
    • Assists Episcopal schools in creating supportive communities through worship, learning, pastoral care, and service.
    • Recognizes, appreciates, and supports the diversity within and among Episcopal schools.
    • Helps schools explore, discover, and articulate their visions and ministries as Episcopal schools.

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    National Association of Independent Schools


    The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), a voluntary non-profit membership association, is the national advocate for independent elementary and secondary schools in the United States and abroad. NAIS member schools are non-profit, tax-exempt organizations that maintain fiscal independence from tax or church monies. They practice nondiscriminatory policies, are approved by a recognized evaluation process, and are independently governed by boards of trustees. NAIS provides professional development and many other support services for members -- from seminars to seed money.

    NAIS promotes independent education to the general public and speaks out for members with a national voice on national issues. The association publishes Independent School magazine and numerous books and newsletters of interest to the education community.

    Large schools, small schools, established schools, new schools, day schools, boarding schools, coed schools, single-sex schools -- NAIS services or clusters of services are of benefit to every subgroup among independent schools. Key individuals within the independent school community -- heads, trustees, division heads, admission/[ financial aid and development officers, business managers, directors of studies, deans of faculty, department heads and association executives -- are the focus for NAIS services.

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    National Catholic Educational Association


    The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is the largest private professional education association in the world. Founded in 1904, the association represents more than 150,000 Catholic school educators serving nearly 2 million students enrolled in elementary and secondary schools throughout the United States. As a professional membership organization, NCEA assists its members to fulfill the teaching mission of the Church and to lead, learn and proclaim the good news of Catholic school education.

    NCEA advocates recognition of and support for Catholic education at local, national and international levels. The association works to develop current and future leaders by supporting faith-filled education and Catholic Identity; proclaiming Gospel values; and providing educational resources and professional development for Catholic leadership and service to its members.

    The association conducts an annual convention and exposition for all those interested in Catholic education. In addition, NCEA holds professional development events for Catholic school leaders and educators including: STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Symposium; Education Law Symposium; Institute for Catholic School Leaders; the Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents Academy and the Catholic Leadership Summit.

    A variety of webinars are offered throughout the year at no cost to members. They serve as excellent professional development activities for both individuals and school teams with the convenience of online learning. NCEA also maintains a website that includes resources and tools, such as lesson plans, prayer services, instructional videos and more, to help guide members as they work to serve their Catholic school communities.

    The association conducts extensive research and publishes a variety of reports and handbooks and collects annual statistics on teachers and students in Catholic schools. NCEATalk and an award-winning journal, Momentum, are among the association's publications.

    Government relations is a key undertaking of the association, and the NCEA president and departmental leaders work closely with colleagues at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to promote member interest at the U.S. Department of Education, the National Governors Association and the legislative and executive branches of government.

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    National Christian School Association


    The National Christian School Association is an educational association of more than 120 secondary schools in 30 states serving more than 40,000 students. Most NCSA schools are independent, governed by a self-perpetuating board. A few are a ministry of a particular congregation, children's home or university. All the schools have a strong relationship with the churches of Christ. Students of all faiths are welcome at member schools of the National Christian School Association.

    The roots of the NCSA date back to annual conferences of Christian school administrators since 1975. The current NCSA began in 1980 as Partners in Christian education, a fraternal organization for schools associated with the churches of Christ. In 1988 the name was changed to the National Christian School Association. A Board of Trustees made up of administrators from member schools and headed by a president leads the NCSA.

    Since 1988 the Association has been accrediting its member schools. A Board of Commissioners comprised of administrators from accredited schools, university educators and public school administrators governs the process. The NCSA is a member of the National Council for Private School Accreditation, a consortium of several private school organizations dedicated to preserving the integrity of the accreditation process for thousands of private schools across the nation.

    The NCSA is recognized by the Office of Non-Public Education in the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Educational Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. The NCSA's Children's Crown and Lamplighter Awards for outstanding children's literature have been recognized by the Accelerated Reader corporation, which makes a diskette of questions from books on the list available to all public and private schools each year.

    National Christian School Association member schools stress academic excellence in a Christian environment. Most member schools are accredited by one or more state, regional or private accrediting agencies. As a group, NCSA schools average between the 70th and 95th percentiles in standardized test scores. Graduates of NCSA schools typically score higher than their state averages on ACT and SAT scores. Two member schools have earned the "Blue Ribbon School" designation from the U.S. Department of Education, the nation's highest secondary school award. Each year, NCSA member schools in several states win athletic, music and forensics titles competing with both public and private schools.

    The NCSA holds its annual convention the first weekend in March each year. Recent speakers at NCSA conventions have included former secretary of education and best-selling author William J. Bennett, Richard W. Riley, Secretary of Education for the Clinton administration and publisher Knight Kiplinger of the Kiplinger Report.

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    Office for Lasallian Education, Christian Brothers Conference


    Lasallian education enriches the whole person through teaching, technology and the development of the student’s cultural, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual well-being. Lasallian education centers on Catholic values and personal relationships, emphasizing academic excellence, faith formation, inclusion, respect for the individual, service and social justice.

    Lasallian education is rooted in the mission of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers, who founded the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Christian Brothers) more than 300 years ago. De La Salle transformed education by forming a community of educators with whom he developed a spirituality of teaching and learning, to give a human and Christian education to young people, especially the poor.

    Today, the De La Salle Christian Brothers and their Partners continue to respond to students through advancements in teaching, technology and scholarship. In Lasallian communities, educators touch hearts, stimulate minds, and cultivate leadership to prepare students for life, work, and service to society and the Church.

    In the United States and Canada, the De La Salle Christian Brothers and their Lasallian Partners serve almost 100,000 young people in six colleges and universities, 66 elementary, middle and secondary schools, 11 educational centers, and eight youth and family service programs. Our worldwide mission touches the hearts of more than one million young people in 1,000 ministries in 80 countries.

    The Office for Lasallian Education at Christian Brothers Conference provides a variety of programs and services for all of our ministries in the Region of North America to assist and empower them as they educate young men and women in the tradition of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.

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    Oral Roberts University Educational Fellowship

    The Oral Roberts University Educational Fellowship (ORUEF) is a professional service organization that provides networking opportunities and support services for Charismatically open Christian preschools, elementary/secondary schools, and Bible schools. ORUEF is a vital component in collaborating with the Oral Roberts University to fulfill its goals.

    With a network of schools that serve more than 36,000 K-12 students in the United States, ORUEF "seeks to instill within member schools an enthusiasm to be responsible and reputable leaders in the field of education—professionally, academically, and spiritually." Another goal is to help Christian schools become stronger while increasing camaraderie among Christian school leaders, teachers, and staff.

    The many services that ORUEF provides member schools include "a National Christian Honor Student Association, legal referral, assistance in curriculum development, new school seminars, and the National Christian High School Finals Competition. Each May ORUEF sponsors on the ORU campus, a national Christian high school competition with approximately 1,500 students competing in over 140 events, including art, music, drama, speech, debate, academics, athletics, and cheerleading."

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    Seventh-day Adventist Board of Education


    The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America operates a system of elementary and secondary schools that began officially in 1872. The 1150 schools come in all sizes and reach from Portland, Maine to Nome, Alaska, from Key West, Florida to Calexico, California. In addition, the church operates in North America ten colleges and two universities. It is one of the larger protestant parochial school systems in the United States with nearly 90,000 students enrolled at all levels.

    The Church's philosophy of Christian education is based on scripture and contributes significantly to academic excellence and to the nurture and continuation of values and religion which have been part of the North American tradition for nearly four centuries.

    The primary aim of Seventh-day Adventist schools is to provide opportunity for students to accept Christ as their Savior and to provide a climate of warmth and caring where faith can develop and mature.

    The education program is predicated on the belief that each student is unique and of inestimable value, and on the importance of the development of the whole person. The home, church and school work together to provide a consistent voice where children can grow into balanced, mature adults able to love God and care about others. Students are encouraged to be sensitive to the needs of people in the home and society and to becomeactive members in the church and the community.

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    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

    USCCB's Department of Education assists the bishops in their pastoral mission of teaching and promoting catechesis and education as a life-long process of total Catholic education that has, at its heart, evangelization.

    The department staffs the USCCB's Committee on Education and its related committees and implements their directives and recommendations.

    The department works collaboratively with other USCCB secretariats and departments, as well as with national, state, and local organizations that participate in the service of the Church's educational and catechetical ministries. The department represents the interests of the Church's educational and catechetical ministries with national, state, and local agencies that affect these ministries.

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    Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Schools

    Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Schools exist to educate children, strengthen families, and serve the church with the power of teaching that is deeply rooted in the Bible and fully expresses the love of Jesus.  The WELS Commission on Parish Schools exists to guide and assist WELS congregations in advancing the Gospel of Jesus by providing resources, training, and personal assistance for starting and strengthening Lutheran schools.

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