Independent by Design
A History of the New York State Association of Independent Schools
By Dane L. Peters
The New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) represents close to 200 nursery, elementary, and secondary schools serving some 79,000 students throughout the state, making it one of the largest nonprofit independent school organizations in the country. In this comprehensive history of NYSAIS’s first six decades, Dane L. Peters—a longtime NYSAIS volunteer and board member and the retired head of school of Brooklyn Heights Montessori School—examines the growth and development of the organization.