The Palmetto Association of
Independent Schools (PAIS) proudly represents the interests of
South Carolina's independent schools as a State Association
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS),
Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS),
Council for American Private Education (CAPE) and its affiliate,
the Carolinas Coalition for Private Education
The recognized voice of independent education in
South Carolina, PAIS provides the shared link for South
Carolina's independent schools with regional and national
independent school associations like SAIS and NAIS.
PAIS and its member schools undergo rigorous school
accreditation. PAIS schools observe the highest standards for
student admissions and achievement, academic instruction,
flexible and dynamic curriculum, and faculty selection and
retention. Each PAIS school is actively committed to the
establishment and exercise of nondiscriminatory policies and
practices, and shares in a common commitment to the goal of
diverse, inclusive participation in our schools and their
communities. The Association works with school administration and
trustees to assure sound exercise of school governance, legal and
The skills our graduates must have in order to be successful and
to lead the culture and economy in the future are very different
from those skills of prior generations. The change, in short,
needs to be revolutionary.
– Pat Bassett, President, National Association of
Independent Schools, "Change Agency Leadership,"
Independent Schoo Magazine, Fall 2011.