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History and Organization


The South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) is a non-profit voluntary association of independent schools. Founded originally on August 10, 1965, the State of South Carolina Incorporated the SCISA as an exclusively educational organization, with responsibilities to establish accreditation standards and coordinate athletic and academic competition.


From a beginning of representatives from seven schools who attended the first organizational meeting in Orangeburg in 1965, the SCISA has grown to a membership for 2020-2021 of 132 schools with a total enrollment of approximately 32,000 students. The Association's central office moved from its original location in Orangeburg to Summerville, then to Beaufort, to Columbia, and finally to Orangeburg in 1999.


The governing authority of SCISA is a Board of Directors consisting of a representative from each member school and six Directors-at-Large. Officers of the SCISA include a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. These officers are elected at the semi-annual meeting of the Board in the spring. In addition, there are a number of standing and special committees, all appointed by the President with the approval of the Board that develop and supervise particular programs for member schools. Supporting the organization in the central office and responsible to the President is a staff consisting of an Executive Director, an Athletic Director, an Activities Director, and a Communication Coordinator.