Founded in 1976, the Minnesota Independent School Forum (MISF) is the largest membership organization serving the private and independent school sector in Minnesota. Our member schools are provided with resources, connections, education, and expertise in critical disciplines common to our schools and students. We increase the sector’s capacity through professional development, advocacy and research, STEM programming, resources and leadership. We build relationships with donors, funders and collaborative partners to support targeted programs. Our public voice helps inform lawmakers, policy makers, and the general public about the contributions that independent education makes to our state and society.

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MISF connects and strengthens Minnesota’s independent schools through exceptional training, resources, and advocacy so they can be student-centered and mission-driven.


Membership gives you eligibility for STEM grants, high quality STEM resources donated by corporate partners, and reduced-price membership to the Science House, a resource center for educators at the Science Museum of Minnesota.


In addition to an annual School Leadership Conference, you will receive exclusive access to several seminars throughout the year with topics such as admissions/marketing, development/fundraising, and technology/STEM.


Becoming a member will help you stay connected to a network of schools who have a shared vision as leaders in innovation. Convene with a community of private and independent education leaders, teachers, and schools.


You can expect a strong, unified voice that monitors and protects important issues throughout the year. Our staff is always here with individualized advice and answers to your questions. We also provide legislative updates and information relevant to schools.


“I am entirely convinced that MISF will be critical to the current and future education available to the students of Minnesota.”