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 

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.