MINNDEPENDENT is pleased to offer membership to the stateäó»s entire community of K-12 private and independent schools. Every nonpublic school in Minnesota deserves to benefit from MINNDEPENDENTäó»s work, which includes: protecting the education quality and autonomy private schools provide to thousands of students; safeguarding the public funds schools, staff, students, and families have the right to receive; and supporting parents in their choice of a school that best meets their childäó»s needs.
Membership is open to both accredited and non-accredited K-12 private and independent schools in Minnesota. Annual membership is based on an affordable $4 per student fee, with a minimum per school fee of $200. Membership fees include a number of valuable benefits to enhance the growth and strength of each school.
MINNDEPENDENT also offers an Associate Membership. This membership is available to individuals affiliated with Private and/or Independent (nonpublic) School Associations. These organizations include local, state, and regional associations, entities, agencies, accrediting institutions, and/or äóìcoordinating bodiesäó that support private and independent (nonpublic) schools. Examples include: Catholic Dioceses, Associations of the Lutheran Church (LCMS; WELS), Seventh-day Adventists, Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), Association of Christian Schools Intäó»l (ACSI), and Minnesota Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), among others. The organizations must be defined as a not-for-profit organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the IRS and exist for charitable purposes.
Member benefits (as outlined below) for this membership level are restricted to the specific individual within the organization who applies for and pays the individual membership fee (i.e., superintendent, president, executive director, board member, etc.). The membership may be transferred to another individual within the organization should the original me