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AISA has been serving independent schools in Alabama since 1970.


Headmaster Announcements

HEADMASTERS' ASSOCIATION DUES: Headmasters' Association dues are $150.00. Please send to the following:

Alabama Independent School Association
Attn: Sara Bazzle
Headmasters' Association
1500 East Fairview Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36106

Headmaster Association Officers:
Dr. John Mehaffey, The Lakeside School - President
Billy Burnham, Patrician Academy – Vice-President
Melanie Carlisle, Abbeville Christian Academy – Treasurer
Blair Fisher, St. Paul’s Episcopal School – Secretary

Please forward any ideas or concerns to one of these individuals. Being a member of the Headmasters' Association, qualifies you to have an applicant for the Headmasters' Association Scholarship.

Academic Notes

  • The AISA State Creative Writing entries are due in the AISA office by December 17, 2020. When submitting your creative writings, please submit an entry form for each writing. If you have three creative writing submissions, you should have three creative writing entry forms, one entry form per writing/grade division.
    Remember, you may only enter one writing per division: grades 3-5 (one entry); grades 6-8 (one entry) and grades 9-12 (one entry) for a maximum of three entries.
    2020-2021 Creative Writing Prompt: As you walk along a near empty beach one morning, you trip over a rope that leads out into the ocean. You give the rope a pull to find out there’s something attached to the other end. Tell us a story about what happens next.
  • The AISA Chairman's Award has been established by the AISA for the specific purpose of recognizing member schools that achieve athletic excellence during the school year. The Chairman's Award form MUST be in the AISA Office by June 1, 2021.
  • AISA President's Award: The President's Award was established by the AISA for the specific purpose of recognizing member schools that achieve academic excellence during the school year. President's Award form and documentation must be in the AISA office by June 1, 2021.
  • ATTENTION ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE: The next Activities Committee Meeting is scheduled for August 26, 2020 virtually at 1:00 p.m.
  • ALABAMA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION EXAMINATION AS RELATED TO AISA DIPLOMA AND ATHLETIC REQUIREMENTS: Rebecca Mims, Education Specialist for Assessment and Accountability, at the Alabama State Department of Education, has notified us that non-public school students may not take the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) unless their non-public school chooses to have all students tested. Therefore, the AISA’s academic and athletic requirement policies concerning senior transfers and the passing of the AHSGE are no longer in effect. Since these selected students no longer have the opportunity to retake failed portions of the test, we cannot enforce these policies. Students ruled ineligible due to this policy are now declared eligible effective immediately.
  • ACCELERATED Dual Enrollment Online

Accreditation Notes

Athletic Director Notes

  • AISA COACHES' ASSOCIATION DUES OF $200 ARE DUE OCTOBER 1, 2020. Make your check payable to AISA Coaches' Association, and mail to Coach Glynn Lott, Coaches' Association President; Macon East Academy; 15396 Vaughn Rd.; Cecil, AL; 36013 $200.00 for all schools--after November 1, 2020 dues will go to $300.00.
  • CONCUSSION RULE FOR ALL SPORTS: AISA Concussion Policy: Any student athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion shall be removed from the contest and shall not return that day. Following the day the concussion symptoms occur, the student athlete may return to practice or play only after a medical release has been issued by a medical doctor. Click here for more information or policy forms
  • THE 2020-2021 GATE ADMISSION FEES: Gate Admission Fees: Regular season play, Tournament play, Double headers and Jamborees: $7.00 adults $5.00 students. Area/Regional Playoffs: $8.00 Admission for everyone. Tripleheader Football Championships: $15.00 Admission for everyone. Admission to AISA State Athletic Events is $10.00 adults and students (All-Stars, Elite 8, Championship Play, etc.).
  • AISA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAM: The AISA does not sponsor an AISA state championship program below the level of varsity athletics.
  • ATTENTION ATHLETIC COMMITTEE: The next Athletic Committee Meeting is scheduled for August 26, 2020 virtually at 10:00 a.m.
  • SPORTS OFFICIAL BILL AND SPORTSMANSHIP: Please announce AISA Sportsmanship Statement and Sports Officials Bill prior to each athletic event. Click here to read these statements
  • ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR 2020-21: Courses taken in summer school shall be considered an extension of the school year and credits earned in summer school may be used in determining scholastic eligibility of students. Independent Study and tutorial type courses may not be used for athletic eligibility purposes. All summer school work and approved correspondence/on-line courses may be used for eligibility purposes but final grades must be in and recorded on student's transcript on the Monday prior to the AISA’s third playing date for football (September 9, 2019). A student is allowed a maximum of two (2) units in summer school to establish eligibility for the fall semester. Clarification: Summer school is defined as any coursework begun after end of 2nd semester (as stated on AISA calendar) and concluded by the deadline set by the AISA.
  • HOME SCHOOL OPPONENTS: PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT PROPOSAL/POLICY: “Student-athletes transferring from a home school and/or a non-traditional school program will be eligible for AISA interscholastic athletics, if all AISA eligibility requirements have been met. AISA schools are not allowed to play home school teams in any sport (exception ACSC).
  • PHYSICAL EXAMINATION FOR ALL AISA ATHLETES/CHEERLEADERS: Refer to Physical Exam Form and Medical History Form in the Appendix of your AISA Athletic Handbook. Call the AISA office if you have questions.

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  • AISA STATE TRACK at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium, 19025 Oak Road West, Gulf Shores, AL, on April 9-10, 2020


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