About the Pittsburgh Consortium of Independent Schools

The Pittsburgh Consortium of Independent Schools is a non-profit, professional organization established in 1997 to foster collaboration among the member schools and to increase public awareness of the value of an independent school education. The Consortium is made up of thirteen schools: Aquinas Academy, The Campus School of Carlow University, Community Day School, The Ellis School, Fox Chapel Country Day School, Kiski School, The Linsly School, The Neighborhood Academy, St. Edmund’s Academy, Sewickley Academy, Shady Side Academy, Valley School of Ligonier, and Winchester Thurston School. All of the schools belong to either the National Association of Independent Schools or are accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools, or both.

Mission Statement

By collaborating on projects of mutual interest and benefit, The Pittsburgh Consortium of Independent Schools (PCIS) seeks:

  • To increase public understanding of and respect for the value of an independent school education, and
  • To encourage member schools to serve as models of excellence in education by preparing their students to become professional and community leaders equipped with the skills, the discipline, and the ethics our society needs.
  • To create a forum for communicating and supporting one another, resolving issues, meeting common challenges together, and maintaining a dialogue among independent school leadership.
  • To enhance the educational opportunities for their trustees, administrative officers, faculties, parents, alumni, and their students.