EBISA (East Bay Independent Schools Association) is an alliance of 35 East Bay independent K-8 schools. Dedicated to academic excellence, we represent a wide range of educational choices. Common to all is the commitment to establishing and maintaining a diverse population of families and students, including differences in race, nationality, culture, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, family structure, physical abilities and modes of learning. EBISA schools do not tolerate discriminatory behavior toward any children, families, faculty or staff. Our shared goal for children is that they develop a passion for education along with a strong sense of self-esteem and value of diversity.

EBISA Overview

Who are we?

  • EBISA is an alliance of 35 independent schools located in the East Bay near San Francisco, CA.
  • The member schools and Admissions Directors work together to provide information to parents and other members of the community interested in an independent school education.
  • EBISA schools are defined by their independent governance.
  • Financially, EBISA schools are primarily supported through tuition payments, charitable contributions, and any endowment income.

What do we do?

  • Work cooperatively to assist families in finding the right match for school choices.
  • Meet 2 times a year to set admissions dates, policies and protocol.
  • Sponsor Admissions Fairs and workshops throughout the East Bay area in the fall. Click on the "Calendar" link in the left navigation bar.
  • Offer common teacher recommendation forms for use in all K-8 independent school applications. Click on the "download forms" link in the left navigation bar.
  • The EBISA heads of schools meets monthly and holds an annual professional development symposium.

How are the schools alike?

  • The schools in EBISA represent a wide range of quality educational choices.
  • Common to all is a commitment to establishing and maintaining a diverse population of families and students.
  • This commitment to diversity exists in our admissions practices and policies which govern each school.
  • Most EBISA schools offer financial assistance. Several schools also conduct financial aid workshops open to all school applicant families.

When does the admissions process begin?

  • The admission process begins in the fall prior to the anticipated enrollment year*.
  • Schools independently set their application deadlines.
  • All admissions decision letters are mailed to applicants on the 3rd Thursday in March with an enrollment decision by the family required by the following Thursday.

*Refer to the individual school websites for specific deadlines and event dates