It is the mission of the Independent School Alliance to inform members of racial communities presently underrepresented in independent schools of the option of independent school education; to identify applicants from these communities and assist them in the application process; to provide on-going support programs for students and their families; and to act as a resource to member schools assisting them in their individual efforts to address issues of racial diversity and multicultural education.


The Independent School Alliance is a leading organization in private school admissions counseling and placement.  It was founded by its members schools for the purpose of placing underrepresented students at the elementary and secondary levels.  Since 1985 we’ve provided access and opportunities to thousands of students across Southern California. Our students become exemplary members of their independent schools communities, and very often our member schools comment that their campuses are better places because of the presence of Alliance students.


We counsel and advocate on behalf of parents of color who are seeking a remarkable independent school environment for their academically strong and motivated students.  From start to finish, we counsel families on choosing an elementary, middle, or high school school that is right for them.  Our goal is to demystify the complex admissions process and guide them through the application submission, provide interview and visit suggestions, counsel on entrance testing, and if necessary, how to apply for tuition assistance. Additionally, we continue to provide robust support programs to our students and our families throughout their educational experience. Finally, we’re proud to partner with our members schools to enhance their development and implementation of diversity and multiculturalism through expert counseling, workshops on emerging educational topics and annual meetings of school leaders.


The Independent School Alliance is grateful to have the support of 52 independent schools throughout Southern California. Independent School Alliance member schools share a common mission, assisting families in their explorations of independent school education. They do so by following the best practices of the National Association of Independent School (NAIS) and California Association of Independent School (CAIS). They are self-determining in missing and program, free from government control, and governed by independent boards.



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