Become a Member.

Membership in AIMS means establishing a connection to a vibrant and supportive network of 26 of the state’s most highly acclaimed schools. Teachers, heads of school, trustees and others from across the association contribute to the community, sharing expertise and other resources for the benefit of all. Collegiality is the basis for all AIMS activities and diversity is highly regarded and celebrated though programming for faculty and students.

Members enjoy access to exceptional professional development, affinity networks and enrichment programs for students at all levels.

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Benefits of Membership:

AIMS is the state-wide organization serving the independent school community. AIMS currently provides services for 25 schools in Michigan. Among other benefits, AIMS provides professional development, networking and collaborative opportunities including:

  • Bienniel Conference
  • Trustee Day
  • Heads of School Group
  • Teachers Service Committee Diversity Committee
  • Admissions & Marketing Committee
  • Teachers Workshops
  • Diversity Symposiums
  • Affinity Groups
  • Shared Best Practices
  • Shared Marketing
  • Legislative Advocacy
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Membership Expectations:

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Member schools must operate a quality academic curriculum within the State of Michigan and be accredited by an outside agency or working toward accreditation.

Member schools shall not discriminate in the selection of governing boards or in the employment of personnel, in the admission of their student bodies, or in the awarding of tuition assistance or scholarships because of ability, age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual identity, or socio-economic status in violation of existing state or federal law or regulations.

Member schools shall subscribe to the ISACS statement of “Principles of Good Practice in Admissions and Employment” with respect to employment of faculty and admission of students and shall be guided by the NAIS “Principles of Good Practice” in all other areas of school operations.

Member schools will select representatives to serve on committees in accordance with the needs and capacity of their staff. Committee representatives will be responsible for communicating committee activities to their school communities and for maintaining active cooperative relationships within the committee.

In order to retain AIMS membership, the head or designate of the member school must attend at least one regular meeting of the Association within the school year.

Membership Types:


Join AIMS.

Schools seeking membership in AIMS should follow the below process:

  1. Request, in writing, to the AIMS President, that they be considered for membership.
  2. The Membership Committee of AIMS will schedule a school visit and request a checklist of information from the candidate school.
  3. The checklist of information will include: documentation of accreditation, a budget for the current operating year, a copy of the IRS tax exempt letter, a list of the candidate school’s board of directors, and a copy of the school’s by-laws.
  4. The Head of the candidate school is invited to attend a regular meeting of Heads of AIMS schools.
  5. When the Membership Committee is satisfied that the candidate school meets all requirements for membership, a recommendation for Full or Provisional membership is presented to the full Association. Applications for membership from schools meeting all of the above requirements are approved by majority vote of the Association.
  6. Heads, or designates, from candidate schools are recused from the portion of the meeting at which their membership eligibility is discussed.