Welcome to AISSA

The Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA) is the peak body for the Independent school sector in SA. We provide a forum for debate on key policy issues and play a significant leadership role in providing advice and information, representing individual schools and the sector, and shaping change and improvement in school education.

Independent schools provide choice, diversity, innovation and excellence in education. They educate students within a curriculum underpinned by a diverse range of religious beliefs (Anglican, Baptist, Christian, Christadelphian, Greek Orthodox, Islamic, Lutheran, Seventh-day Adventist, Uniting) and educational philosophies (Montessori, Waldorf Steiner). The sector also includes a number of secular schools, special assistance schools and a special school which educates students with severe disabilities.

Nearly 20% of the State’s children are educated in our schools, with higher percentages in the secondary and senior secondary years. Approximately one-third of our schools are in regional South Australia and two are in remote areas. The majority of our schools cater for students from Reception to Year 12, with one-third providing primary school education only.