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NESA School Membership

For over 50 years NESA has been serving member schools by facilitating sustainable and systemic school improvement based on the best practices of American and international education, with the goal of maximizing student learning.

Membership is open to any elementary or secondary private independent American/international overseas school or school system. To be eligible for NESA Member School Status, a school must be accredited by a NESA-recognized accreditation agency (CIS, MSA, or NEASC), offer a comprehensive standards-based US type curriculum with English as the primary medium of instruction, share and subscribe to NESA's mission, vision and core values, and wish to participate in NESA's conferences and institutes.

Join a collaborative learning community of like-minded education professionals.

Learn from and engage with speakers and trainers at the cutting-edge of education.

Nurture adult learning through diverse support systems and programs.

NESA Member School Benefits

Enjoy the following through your NESA Membership:

Access Top-Tier Professional Learning

Experience a curated adult learning program (online and in person) that addresses the needs of all leaders and educators in your school, and learn from carefully selected speakers and trainers at the cutting edge of education.

Register at Reduced Rates

Enjoy 25% reduced rates on registration for online and in-person events, and programs and offerings.

Get Priority & Exclusive Access

Receive priority access to NESA communications and registration for special, limited-enrollment offerings.

Receive Complimentary Memberships & Subscriptions

As part of your NESA membership, we offer best-in-class research and resources—paid by us, complimentary for you—on a yearly opt-in basis:

  • NAIS School Subscription*(includes NAIS Career Center Access, Organizational Membership Discounts, and the Bulletin)
  • An annual subscription to the weekly Marshall Memo for your School Head and PDAC/Wider Circle Representative
Sponsor NESA Flagship Events

Receive special consideration for sponsorship of NESA conferences and events, including the design of custom packages tailored to your needs in consultation with NESA.

Advertise with NESA

Receive reduced rates on advertising in the NESA Fall Leadership Conference program.

Contribute to NESA NEWS

Share news and announcements about your school by contributing articles to the online NESA News.

NEW! Enjoy a Significant Discount on NAIS Premium School Membership

Schools wishing to upgrade to a NAIS School Membership Premium Subscription for 2024-2025 will receive an exclusive 35% NESA discount.

Be Recognized

NESA Membership involves a rigorous application process, subject to NESA Board of Trustees approval. Being accepted means a school stands with the top international schools in the NESA region. As a NESA Member, you will receive a Member Certificate as well as materials to help share your membership status with NESA.

Your Logo Proudly Featured by NESA

Your school will be proudly listed on the Our Schools page of the NESA website.

Participate in the NESA Salary & Benefits Survey

Take part in NESA’s annual Salary & Benefits Survey, and access consolidated compensation data via an interactive benchmarking dashboard, helping you evaluate your school’s current standing, make data-informed administrative decisions, and track progress over the years.

Play a Part in NESA Planning

As a NESA Member, you are invited to:

Connect & Engage With an Exceptional Community

NESA's education professionals are known for their spirit of sharing, and are brought together by NESA's diverse professional development support systems, partnerships, and programs.

Leverage the NESA Directory

Connect with the NESA community and share information about your school through your listing in the NESA Membership Directory.

Access the NESA Member Hub

Manage your NESA directory listing, subscriptions, billing, and event registrations from the NESA Member Hub.

Join the Discussion

NESA Member School groups receive an invitation to join monthly NESA Live Forums to discuss issues, share experiences, and provide logistical and collegial support to each other.

Attend the NESA Heads Summit

Heads of NESA Member Schools are invited to attend the Annual NESA Spring Heads Summit for two days of learning.

Consult with NESA’s Executive Director

Heads of NESA Member Schools are invited to meet with NESA Executive Director Madeleine Hewitt for consultation and information on how NESA can best serve your needs.

Apply for Awards & Scholarships

NESA Member School students are invited to participate in awards and scholarships, including:

*For school groups/systems: one Wider Circle Representative is eligible; one school in the system receives the NAIS subscription.

Membership Dues 2024-2025

Dues are based on student enrollment as of April 1 of the current year. All amounts are in US Dollars (USD).
Fees quoted are for the current membership year, running July 1 to June 30.

How can NESA help you maximize student learning?

Learn more about our professional learning program at a glance.

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NESA Infographic


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