LAIS exists for the purpose of:
- Strengthening and facilitating communication among member schools
- Promoting the traditional freedom of independent schools
- Supporting the accreditation and regular evaluation of schools to stimulate continuous school improvement
- Advocacy of independent education in the public domain
- Cooperation with regional and national organizations, example: SACS, SAIS, NAIS
- Sponsorship of professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, trustees, and other school personnel
- Sponsorship of leadership, educational and cultural opportunities for students and parents
Independent schools are accountable to regional or national accrediting agencies, holding themselves publicly accountable to all who seek assurance that they meet generally accepted standards of educational excellence, operation and staff competence.
LAIS is an association of 25 schools so far, with more than 2,000 teachers and principals serving approximately 15,000 students. The association encourages communication among member schools, fosters the traditional freedom of the independent school to practice its philosophies of education, and serves as a liaison with regional and national accrediting agencies, and the National Association of Independent Schools. LAIS schools do not discriminate in their admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, educational policies, and athletic and other school administered programs. LAIS provides numerous educational and professional development opportunities for school administrators, teachers, trustees, parents, and students.
Our schools vary widely in size and type of campus. Some are coeducational, others are single sex; many are non-sectarian, while some have religious adiliations; most are day schools, but some offer boarding facilities. All are close- knot communities designed to nurture student achievement and develop habits of life long learning and community service.