National Association of Episcopal Schools

The National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) is an independent, voluntary membership organization that supports, serves, and advocates for the vital work and ministry of 1,200 Episcopal schools, early childhood education programs, and school establishment efforts throughout the Episcopal Church. Chartered in 1965, with historic roots dating to the 1930s, NAES is the only pre-collegiate educational association that is both national in scope and Episcopal in character. NAES advances Episcopal education and strengthens Episcopal schools through essential services, resources, conferences, and networking opportunities on Episcopal school identity, leadership, and governance, and on the spiritual and professional development of school leaders. By serving those who serve Episcopal schools, we seek to foster excellence through association.

Mission & Purpose

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.

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