WFIS is a membership organization started in 1970 for private, independent State-approved schools in Washington. We have 260+ member schools that include religious, nonsectarian, independent, accredited and non-accredited schools in urban, suburban and rural settings. Schools range in size from over 2,000 to under 10 students.
WFIS brings together school Superintendents, Principals, Teachers, education advocacy organizations, State agency leadership from OSPI and DCYF, Directors of Accreditation Organizations, and Legislators to discuss and protect the required independence for private schools.
Private schools in Washington State educate close to 83,000 students. It would cost close to a billion dollars to provide instruction for these children in the public school system. Private schools successfully help teach the public, support communities, and graduate young adults who contribute positively to society.
Through discussion, consensus building and action, WFIS has had amazing success at stopping damaging and crafting supportive legislation. WFIS also provides excellent professional development, bringing together staff from all of the different kinds of schools around topics of interest for all.