BSF/LSF 51st Annual School Fair

The BSF/LSF Annual School Fair  is a forum for Washington metropolitan area families to learn about independent school education and to engage students, teacher, and administrators from more than 70 local and national independent schools and educational programs.


School Fair Workshops/Clinics

We invite parents, students, and educators to join us for a series of informative and enriching sessions designed to empower families in navigating the world of education. Our workshops cover a wide range of topics to cater to different interests and needs.

2:15 pm

Room 147A Completing the Admissions and Financial Aid Process

Jewell Samuel, J.D. Founder/CEO of the Edukeys, a not for profit helping families access independent schools, will share advise and best practices on applying and seeking financial aid from the parent’s perspective.

3:15 pm

Room 147BBlack Girls In STEM

BSF Executive Director Leroy Nesbitt will share a presentation from the 2023 International Coalition of Girls Schools Conference

Room 154BBlack Montessori Education Room

Dr. Ayize Sabater, Founder and CEO of the Black Montessori Education Fund, will lead a discussion on Montessori education.

Room 149AFive Tips For Finding the Right School for Your Child

Catholic University Professor Rona Frederick, Ph.D. Dr. Rona Frederick will be available for a complementary 10 min individual family consultation.

Room 149BTesting and the Admissions Process

Navigating mental health for K-12 children of color. Psychologist Dr. Linda McGhee will provide insight and lessons on mental health issues facing children in post Covid America. Black youth face a myriad of mental health risks exacerbated and exposed by Covid 19, police violence and traumatic political social climate of America. Join practitioner and educator Dr Linda McGhee in a conversation on mental health

Room 147BFinancial Aid at Independent Schools

Frankie Brown of the Sidwell Friends School and Kevin ills of Serving Our Children will discuss financial aid.

3:15 pm & 4:15 pm

Room 149AFive Tips For Finding the Right School for Your Child

Catholic University Professor Rona Frederick, Ph.D. Dr. Rona Frederick will be available for a complementary 10 min individual family consultation.

Room 147BFinancial Aid at Independent Schools

Frankie Brown of the Sidwell Friends School and Kevin Mills of Serving Our Children will discuss financial aid.

4:15 pm

Room 154ABlack Girl Magic at all girls schools

A panel of students from DMV area all girls schools will share perspectives on the experiences of girls at color at all girls schools.

Room 147AThe Dao of Selecting High School Extracurriculars

Everyone knows colleges like high school extracurriculars. However not all extracurriculars are equally attractive to all colleges. A panel will provide understanding of the importance of extra curriculars in the admission selection process.

Room 154BEducation and Money

Financial Professional Mark Baker will provide financing models and tips to help families finance K-12 and post-secondary education. Learn money strategies to use right now.

Uniting for a Brighter Future

Our Missions

Our mission is to advocate for academically motivated African-American and underserved students. The Black Student Fund provides advocacy, academic support, retention strategies, financial assistance, instruction, evaluations, feedback, and monitoring. We create a nurturing environment that fosters success from admission to graduation through our member school partnerships.

The Latino Student Fund aims to provide year-round, out-of-school-time programs that foster a robust academic foundation for underserved PreK-12th grade students and their families in low-income, at-risk communities. They also aim to promote higher education and nurture future professional leaders through holistic support.

Black Student Fund and Latino Student Fund Logos
Tips for Attending

Get the Most Out of Your School Fair Experience

Attending the School Fair is an exciting opportunity to explore various educational options for your child. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your visit

It is completely free!

Have a Plan

Create a list of schools to visit before the event. Prioritize two or three schools you definitely want to talk to, considering time and popularity.

Think of Significant Questions

Be honest and consider what types of questions your child might ask.

Create Your Barcode!

Print or download your barcode to your smartphone and bring it to the Fair. The reps will scan your barcode there and be free to converse with you. You can also print a sheet of sticky labels with your contact information on them to expedite the information card process.

Choosing Schools

Your role is to collect information, therefore it is essential to gather as much as possible.

Make it Fun!

Invite friends or family members to go with you to the School Fair. Afterward, plan to discuss what they learned at the Fair.

Make it Fun!

Make sure to stop by the information tables, where you can find various organizations offering education services.

2023-2024 Sponsors

2022 School Fair Attending Schools

Academy of the Holy Cross

Aidan Montessori School

Alexandria Country Day School

Barrie School

Beauvoir School

Bullis School

Burgundy Farm Country Day School

Capitol Hill Day School

Cheshire Academy

Christ Episcopal School

Concord Hill School

Connelly School of the Holy Child

Edmund Burke School

Elizabeth Seton High School

Episcopal High School

Fay School

Fork Union Military Academy

Foxcroft School

Georgetown Day School

Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School

Gonzaga College High School

Grace Episcopal School

Grier School

Holton Arms School

Indian Creek School

Landon School

Loomis Chaffee

Lowell School


Maret School

Massanutten Military Academy

Milton Hershey School

Mt. Zion Preparatory Academy

National Cathedral School

National Child Research Center

National Presbyterian School

Norwood School

Oneness Family School

Sandy Spring Friends School

Sheridan School

Sidwell Friends School

Springdale Preparatory School

St. Albans School

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

St. Anne’s School of Annapolis

St. Anselm’s Abbey School

St. Augustine Catholic School

St. Francis International School

St. George's School

St. John’s Episcopal Preschool

St. Jude Regional Catholic School

St. Margaret's School

St. Mark's School

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

St. Patrick’s Episcopal School

St. Paul School

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School – TX

St. Thomas More Catholic Academy

St. Vincent Pallotti High School

Stanford Online High School

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Templeton Academy

The Field School

The Hotchkiss School

The Lab School

The Langley School

The Nora School

The Potomac School

The Siena School

The Woods Academy

Washington Episcopal School

Washington International School

Woodberry Forest School

Wye River Upper School

BSF/LSF 51st Annual School Fair