Members of SAES are schools affiliated with the The Episcopal Church that is part of the Anglican Communion. It is a parish day school, a school owned or administered by a diocese or religious order or group of parishes, or an independent school which espouses the faith and worship of the The Episcopal Church as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer, and operates with the knowledge and consent of the bishop of the diocese.
SAES member schools shall not exclude students because of race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, or insofar as possible, socio-economic status, in its admission process to the school, or in the administration of any of its educational, financial aid, scholarship, or student activity programs and shall make every good faith effort to encourage an inclusive student body.
SAES membership year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30th of the following year. Membership dues are based upon a school's "hard" income, which is the total of tuition and tuition-based fees. For boarding schools, this is exclusive of boarding fees. Completing the membership application and paying the membership fee is the first step in the accreditation process.