Become a Member

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MISF is pleased to offer membership to the state’s entire community of K-12 private and independent schools. Every nonpublic school in Minnesota deserves to benefit from MISF’s work, which includes:  protecting the education quality and autonomy private schools provide to thousands of students; safeguarding the public funds schools, staff, students, and families have the right to receive; and supporting parents in their choice of a school that best meets their child’s needs.

Membership is open to both accredited and non-accredited K-12 private and independent schools in Minnesota. Annual membership is based on an affordable $4.50 per K-12 student fee, with a minimum per school fee of $250 for schools with fewer than 50 students. Member schools may pay an additional $0.50 per student "opt-in" fee and receive an annual membership to the Science House, a resource facility available September through May. Membership fees include a number of valuable benefits to enhance the growth and strength of each school.



MISF also offers an Associate Membership. This membership is available to individuals affiliated with Private and/or Independent (nonpublic) School Associations. These organizations include local, state, and regional associations, entities, agencies, accrediting institutions, and/or “coordinating bodies” that support private and independent (nonpublic) schools. Examples include: Catholic Dioceses, Associations of the Lutheran Church (LCMS; WELS), Seventh-day Adventists, Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), Association of Christian Schools Int’l (ACSI), and Minnesota Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), among others. The organizations must be defined as a not-for-profit organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the IRS and exist for charitable purposes.

Member benefits for this membership level are restricted to the specific individual within the organization who applies for and pays the individual membership fee. The membership may be transferred to another individual within the organization with prior approval from MISF.

Click here for a summary of membership benefits.

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Your generous donation of any size will help support MISF’s programs and initiatives. What a great way to help Minnesota’s kids receive a high-quality K-12 private and independent education.