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Small class size
High quality teachers
Supportive environment
Opportunities for
athletics, the arts and community service
Diverse, welcoming communities
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From L-R: Steve Lisk, Peter Baily, Tom Lengel, Sharon Levin, Mike Schlotterbeck, Nooha Ahmed-Lee, Rich Nourie, Barbara Kraus-Blackney, Tom Wilschutz, Sally Keidel, Michael Marinelli, and Eric Jones.
Not pictured: Frank Aloise, Wendy Eiteljorg, Darryl Ford, T.J. Locke, Pat Roberts, Vicky Yatzus, and Bessie Speers.
  • Rich Nourie*, Board Chair
    Head of SchoolAbington Friends School
  • Eric C. Jones*, Board Chair-Elect
    Head of School, Community Partnership School
  • Sally Keidel*, Secretary
    Head of School, Montgomery School
  • Michael Marinelli*, Treasurer
    Headmaster, Archmere Academy
  • Victoria C. Yatzus*, Past Board Chair
    Head of School, The Independence School, Inc.

  • Nooha Ahmed-Lee, Head of School
    YSC Academy
  • Frank Aloise, Chief Financial Officer
    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
  • Peter Baily, Executive Director
    Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools
  • Wendy Eiteljorg, Director of Educational Technology
    The Shipley School
  • Darryl Ford, Head of School
    William Penn Charter School 
  • Tom Lengel, Head of School
    Holy Child School at Rosemont
  • Sharon Levin, Head of School
    Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
  • Steven D. Lisk, Head of School 
    Lancaster Country Day School
  • T.J. Locke, Head of School
    The Episcopal Academy
  • Patricia Roberts, Executive Director
    AIM Academy
  • Michael Schlotterbeck, Director of Marketing
    Moorestown Friends School
  • Bessie Speers, Head of School
    Tower Hill School
  • Tom Wilschutz, Head of School
    Solebury School
  • Barbara Kraus-Blackney*, President
    Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools
*Officers/Executive Committee 

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continue to be an avid supporter as an involved parent, trustee and benefactor.
-- Jim S., parent
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Award over $325,000,000 in need based financial aid to 36% of students
Collectively have an annual operating budget greater than one billion dollars
Represent more than 500,000 alumni
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