Independent Schools Association of the Southwest

Teaching in ISAS Schools

ISAS is committed to principles of diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or creed, color, sexual orientation, age, physical challenge, national origin, or gender and recommends that member schools create diverse, inclusive, safe, and welcoming communities for all.

About ISAS and ISAS Schools

The Independent Schools Association of the Southwest is a non-profit voluntary membership association of independent schools. The Association was founded in 1955 and includes schools located in Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

ISAS promotes the highest professional and ethical standards of educational excellence for independent schools in the region and recognizes by formal ongoing accreditation those schools which demonstrate adherence to its standards. As a collective voice of the independent schools of the Southwest, ISAS fosters collegial relations among its member schools and represents their interests.

Compensation

Compensation is competitive and compares favorably with local public school scales, while benefits and working climate are often better. ISAS schools provide health and disability insurance, contributions to retirement plans, and employer contribution to Social Security. Salary levels vary with the type and location of the school. The average salary for all teachers in ISAS schools is $54,878.

Class Size and Teacher Load

The average class size at ISAS schools is 16 students. At the high school level, the faculty teaching load is normally four or five classes.

Professional Respect

In most independent schools, the teachers are given much of the responsibility for the academic and educational programs. Guided by the school's mission, faculty have input into course content, texts, and requirements.

Living in the Southwest

The six southwestern states offer unique advantages for teaching and living. The cost of living — including housing, utilities, and taxes — is lower than in many areas of the country. Cities such as Albuquerque, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Houston, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, San Antonio, Tucson, and Tulsa offer abundant and diverse cultural opportunities. Smaller cities like Addison, Amarillo, Cade, Covington, Denton, Galveston, Grand Coteau, Lafayette, Metairie, Midland, Shreveport, The Woodlands, Tyler, and Wichita are inviting communities in which to raise families. The varied geography of the region provides extraordinary settings for outdoor activities from the Gulf Coast to the Sonoran desert and the mountains.

"ISAS is bold, independent, welcoming, and very gracious. If you bring something great to the organization, they will roll out the red carpet for you. You're in the family."

~ Matt Rush, Head of School,
Allen Academy

To learn more about the southwestern communities in which ISAS schools are located, follow the links below.