About Us

The Texas Private Schools Association advocates for the independence of Texas private schools, ensuring their freedom to fulfill their unique missions and meet the diverse needs of students. Founded in 1967 as the Texas Association of Non-Public Schools, we are a state-wide organization representing more than 800 private accredited schools with headquarters in Austin, Texas.

Message from the Executive Director

Welcome to the website for the Texas Private Schools Association!  It is our honor and privilege to represent the almost 800 private, accredited, non-profit schools in Texas. 

These schools range in size and scope from tiny rural preschools to large independent k-12 schools.  We have a vast array of educational models, including Montessori, Catholic, Episcopal, Jewish, Lutheran, Waldorf, Islamic, Baptist, and Special-Needs schools.  What all of these schools have in common is a commitment to best practices in teaching and learning and freedom from government regulation in order to achieve the mission of each individual school. 

Each of these schools is accredited by one of the 17 accrediting agencies that comprise TEPSAC – The Texas Private School Accrediting Commission.  These accrediting agencies,
and the standards to which they hold schools accountable, are recognized by the Texas Education Agency as equivalent or superior to the quality of public schools in Texas. 

We hope that you find this website a great resource and discover why the parents of over 250,000 students choose private schools each year for their children.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Laura Colangelo
Executive Director, Texas Private Schools Association

Our Mission

The Texas Private Schools Association advocates for the independence of Texas private schools, ensuring their freedom to fulfill their unique missions and meet the diverse needs of students.