Independent Schools Association of the Southwest

Careers in Independent Schools


Independent schools seek intelligent, educated, idealistic, and highly motivated faculty, staff, and administrators. Interested candidates can expect to enjoy a strong professional teaching experience, engaged students, small manageable classes, competitive salaries, and attractive benefits packages. Enjoy exploring the opportunities currently available in the Southwest.

Independent Schools…

  • determine their own missions and are mission-driven
  • have a clearly stated educational philosophy which is academic in nature
  • are committed to high educational standards
  • are governed by a board of trustees
  • comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws
  • practice non-discriminatory policies
  • demonstrate good faith efforts to diversify the student body, faculty, and staff
  • earn and sustain accreditation from state and regional organizations such as Independent Schools Association of the Southwest
  • are supported primarily by tuition, charitable contributions, and endowment income rather than by taxes or church funds.
  • are incorporated as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • offer prospective teachers a wide range of geographic and cultural choices
  • are, most importantly, seeking the very best teachers


Teaching in Independent Schools
Reasons to Teach in an Independent School
Four Reasons to Teach in a Private School

President George W. Bush visits with ISAS faculty at SMU's Center for Transformational Leadership, an initiative with Parish Episcopal School and the E.E. Ford Foundation.