Birds of a Feather


Our Friends in Boarding program is designed for individuals and organizations — not eligible for traditional membership — that serve, study, or are otherwise deeply involved in TABS community of schools.

Accepting new applications June 2021.

Who’s Eligible?

Sister Associations

Associations that work in the independent school industry

Educational Consultants

Educational Consultants must be a current “associate or professional” member of IECA

& Junior Schools

Independent day schools serving grades K-9


Universities and other Educational Organizations, Summer Programs, Semester Schools, Gap Year Programs, International Exchange Programs, Accredited Public or Charter Schools, Scholarship Organizations and Foundations.


One member login for TABS Community Portal and

Preferred Member Rates for our Professional Learning Programs

Friends in Boarding Directory Listing

Digital Friends in Boarding Badge

Access to TABS Career Center for posting and search employment opportunities

Access to select TABS Reports, Topical White Papers, and Statistical Briefs related to Boarding School

Elementary & Junior Schools are eligible for TuitionNet

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be committed to TABS Mission & Purpose
  • Must meet the description of an applicable category
  • Must be a not-for-profit organization with the exception of educational consultants (IECA members only), or public / taxpayer-supported organizations or educational institutions, or full-time students / researchers
  • Must not be eligible for full school membership OR fall into the category of a traditional boarding school
  • Must not be employed by a full member institution or member-eligible institution


The 2021-22 dues are $400 for Sister Associations, Educational Consultants and ‘Other’ Educational Non-Profit Associations. K-9 Elementary and Junior Day Schools are eligible to join at no cost.


Interested in being a Friend?

Current Friends