Members & Membership
Perhaps the most important benefit of membership in the Small Boarding School Association is the ability to attend the annual conference, which is limited to 200 attendees. At few other conferences will you have the kind of access to the people you want to see and the opportunity to ask the questions you want to ask that you will at the SBSA conference. It will be one of the most worthwhile and enjoyable conferences you will attend during the year. Many of our colleagues believe our conference is the most important professional development they participate in all year! It will probably be the least expensive too. The fact that the overhead costs of putting on the conference is relatively minimal means that we can keep the conference fees low as well.
Conference fees include one year of membership in the organization. (March - March) Registration for our 2019 Conference will be available in early fall. Small boarding schools, educational consultants, and affiliates are eligible to attend the yearly conference.
For those unable to attend our annual conference in March, we invite qualifying schools, educational consultants, and school affiliates to join our organization for $100 per year. Members are be added to our website page and are included in any member-only programs and events. The membership application can be found here.
While general memberships are accepted all year long, this membership runs from March to March to coordinate with our annual conference. We welcome you to join us any time of year, but please note that if you join in the middle of this period, you will get less than a full year’s membership. To continue this membership, it must be renewed annually, any time after the end of March each year.
Eligible schools, whether totally boarding or day/boarding, must be designed for students to complete a full academic year at the school and have a boarding program enrollment limited to near or below 200 students. Schools with programs where enrollment is designed for partial, transitional, or temporary instruction are ineligible. The school must be accredited or in process of formal accreditation by a state, regional, or national accrediting agency and must hold not-for-profit status. Educational Consultants who share an interest in the unique issues of small boarding schools are also encouraged to be members. Schools and consultants who meet these criteria and who want to receive the benefits of membership should submit on online membership application.