Our Mission & Philosophy
The mission of NAES is to serve those who serve Episcopal schools. Within the Christian tradition of inclusion and open inquiry, NAES:
- 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.
What We Do
Consonant with our mission and philosophy, we advance Episcopal education, strengthen Episcopal schools, and foster “excellence through association” by providing essential services, resources, conferences, and networking opportunities on
- Episcopal School Identity as expressed through school worship; religious studies and formation; service and service-learning; equity and justice; and school life and culture.
- Leadership and Governance matters pertaining to church-school relations and governance; leadership transition; school ministry recruitment, training, and deployment; and school establishment, expansion, and planning.
- Spiritual and Professional Development of heads of school, chaplains and teachers of religion, rectors, trustees and vestries, administrators, and teachers.
We invite you to explore our website to learn more about NAES and Episcopal schools.
Frequently Asked Questions
NAES is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation. It is a voluntary membership services organization. View our Strategic Plan & Annual Reports to learn more about members, donors, and activities.
NAES is governed by a self-electing Governing Board comprised of school leaders, clergy, and friends from throughout the community of Episcopal schools. The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church is the honorary chair of the board. The NAES Executive Director serves as an ex officio voting member.
NAES neither reports to nor is governed by the General Convention of The Episcopal Church, the Church’s governing body. We are a fully independent organization.
Funding for NAES comes from membership dues from Episcopal schools, contributions from individuals and organizations, corporate subscription, and revenue from services and events.
The Association receives no funding from the triennial budget of The Episcopal Church.
To learn how your school can join NAES, go to Membership.
To make a gift to NAES, go to Support Our Work.
Or, your organization may wish to learn about Corporate Subscription.
NAES was founded in 1965. Its roots are in a headmaster and headmistresses group dating back to the 1930s and in the unincorporated Episcopal Schools Association of the 1950s. A schools officer in The Episcopal Church’s then department of Christian education supported the latter group.
When the 1964 General Convention of The Episcopal Church discontinued the schools officer postion, a group of Episcopal school leaders organized and incorporated NAES. Two of these leaders were Ruth Jeknins and the Rev. John D. Verdery, for whom NAES’ two highest Awards are named.
Please send all payments and remittances to:
National Association of Episcopal Schools
P.O. Box 21090
New York, NY 10087-1090
Please send all parcels, packages, FedEx and similar shipments, and general correspondence to:
National Association of Episcopal Schools
815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
No. NAES is a voluntary membership services association.
No. As a voluntary membership services organization, NAES does not accredit its members, nor does it establish or have statutory oversight of the academic and religious programs or governance of any Episcopal school.
For a list of and links to organizations that accredit Episcopal schools, go to Accreditation.
The NAES membership year runs July 1 to June 30 of each academic year.
Membership dues are based on net tuition revenue. This is all tuition dollars you collect minus any fees, financial aid, merit award or tuition remission money, and room/board fees. Then, refer to the dues chart on the membership application to find your school’s dues category and the corresponding dues rate. PDF application forms are available at Become a Member.
If you receive mail or email from NAES, you already have an individual profile in our database and a username and password.
To check if you are recorded in our database, to create an individual profile if you are not in our database, or to retrieve a forgotten username and password, go to My Profile.
If you have any further questions about your profile or website access, please email email@example.com.
To update your school’s logo, description, photo, contact, and other information, please send your changes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Logo — no more than 250 pixels wide and no more than 225 pixels tall, saved at 72 pixels/inch. Acceptable file formats are “.jpg”, “.jpeg”, “.png”, and “.gif”.
- Description — no more than 75 words.
- Photo — 190 pixels wide by 110 pixels tall, saved at 72 pixels/inch. Acceptable file formats are “.jpg”, “.jpeg”, “.png”, and “.gif”.
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