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Mississippi Association of Independent Schools

The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) is a consortium of schools in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. It is responsible for accreditation of its member private schools as well as governing athletic competition for its member schools.

The organization also operates two other organizations, the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Educational Association and the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Coaches Association.



Then named the Mississippi Private School Association, it was founded in 1968 as an accrediting agency for segregation academies.[1][2] Many of those schools no longer exist and many today have minorities enrolled and are accredited by other bodies such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In July 2009, the organization changed its name to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools.[3]

Accreditation by a private agency such as the MAIS gives schools flexibility, for example choice of menus and curriculum. Schools may reject federal Common Core State standards. Schools not complying with Blaine Amendment provisions may also forego state aid available to private schools.[4]

Citizens' Council connectionsEdit

Historian Joseph Crespino has stated that members of the White Citizens' Council "doubtless" played a role in the founding of the Association.[5] Sociologist Kenneth Andrews says that the MPSA built "on the earlier foundation of the Citizens' Council and the Council School Foundation."[6]


  1. ^ Mack Spencer. "When is a recruit not a recruit? Good question". Franklin Banner-Tribune. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Suzanne E. Eckes (2002). Separate by design, unequal by mistake: the current barriers to educational integration in Delta County. University of Wisconsin--Madison. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  3. ^ The Clarion-Ledger: Miss. sports group MPSA changes name; Archived at WebCite
  4. ^ Harris, Bracey (October 4, 2017). "Mississippi had spent up to $600,000 on private school textbooks. Now that's changing". USA Today. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  5. ^ Joseph Crespino (2007). In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution. Princeton University Press. pp. 353–. ISBN 978-0-691-12209-0. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  6. ^ Kenneth T. Andrews (March 2002). "Movement-Countermovement Dynamics and the Emergence of New Institutions: The Case of "White Flight" Schools in Mississippi". Social Forces. 80 (3): 911–936. doi:10.1353/sof.2002.0001. JSTOR 3086461.

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