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The South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) provides a structure within which member schools share an awareness of mutual problems and experiences, profit from each others’ handling of these problems, and have the advantage in the operation of their respective schools and the expertise and data that is collected by and available to the Association. In this scnse, the SCISA gives unity and strength to the cause of independent education. Speaking for the collective association, it monitors legislation and speaks with authority and is listened to by the public, news media, the legislature, and elected officials.

The Association provides a variety of services ( some are listed below) for all of its members. It is the vehicle that supports an active three-season athletic program, and accreditation and academic evaluation program, many State-wide special academic activities for students, and a testing program, which is proving the continued excellent academic performance of our students.

The Association employs a full-time legislative monitoring service. Member schools share the guidance of competent professionals and, at a saving in money, keep abreast of the latest developments.

The Association sponsors a Headmasters’ Association, an annual conference of teachers and headmasters, a State-wide student government and honor society and their conventions, and numerous seminars and workshops.

Of value to many schools, their headmasters, teachers, board members, parents, and students, has been the advice and counsel of a full-time Executive Director, Athletic Director, Activities Director, and Administrative Assistant. In addition, Associate officers, directors-at-large, and committee members within the membership network expertise and assistance to member schools.

Seminars and workshops including tailored in-service educational programs, and trustee orientation and development for individual schools.

  • State-wide student government and honor society association (SCISSA)
  • Full-time athletic program coordination leagues, schedules, officials, and tournaments in a three-season athletic program of the following sports: football, soccer, cross-country, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis, track, golf, cheerleading, and a weight lifting competition
  • Open tournaments in a golf and tennis
  • Sports camps
  • SCISAA officials association and athletic clinics emphasizing rules and safety
  • Sports information promotion for media and colleges
  • Sanctioned all star competitions
  • Women’s sports include volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, track and field, cross country, tennis, swimming, cheerleading, and golf
  • Assistance in locating headmasters and teachers
  • Public relations designed to improve image of independent education
  • Teacher of the Year Awards
  • Legislative monitoring service
  • Sponsorship of State-wide competitions and festivals for students interested in journalism, cheerleading, art, music, drama, science, math, spelling, quiz bowl, public speaking, and writing
  • Association with the AgFirst Federal Credit Union, (803) 799-5000 ext. 539, 206 or 209 or 1-800-845-1745 Mailing address: P.O. Box 1499, Columbia, SC 29202
  • Health insurance representative agency: Grady Ray Agency, (803) 788-8185 or
  • Retirement fund, investment information available through Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF),
    1-800-842-2003 Atlantaor 1-800-842-2733 New York