November 5, 2010

What is the Indiana Non-Public Education Association?

The Indiana Non-Public Education Association (INPEA) includes more than 415 schools, 96,000 students and 6,900 teachers for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade.

INPEA was created in 1974 when 12 representatives from non-public schools met and agreed to form an association to serve the interests of non-public school education in Indiana. Educators present at the inaugural meeting represented Christian, Lutheran, Catholic and independent non-public schools.

Today, the governing body of INPEA is composed of six at-large representatives from schools throughout the state, and a representative from each of the following non-public school jurisdictions: Association of Christian Schools International, Christian Schools International, Indiana Association of Independent Schools, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Fort Wayne Area Lutheran Schools, Seventh Day Adventists, Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Diocese of Evansville, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Diocese of Gary and Diocese of Lafayette.

INPEA strives to maintain productive relationships with the Indiana State Department of Education, the federal government and other agencies that impact quality education. As a state affiliate of the Council for American Private Education (, INPEA is an advocate regarding both state and federal education issues affecting non-public education.

The INPEA website can be found at†

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