The Black Student Fund’s commitment to bringing independent schools and black families
together led to the creation of the Annual School Fair in 1972. The Fair quickly became an
effective student venue and continues to be one of the largest school fairs of its kind in the
For forty years, the Black Student Fund’s Annual School Fair has provided a networking
opportunity for thousands of families in the metropolitan area to meet with representatives from
more than sixty independent schools. Parents and prospective students get first-hand
knowledge about each school’s programs, community, admissions requirements and financial
aid process. In addition, the fair features interactive seminars focused on the admissions
process, the financial aid process and personal/family financial management.
Since 2009, the Latino Student Fund has collaborated with BSF on the event in an effort to
increase Hispanic student enrollment at local independent schools. The fair, one of the oldest in
the region, is held at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center each fall and attendance
averages 4,500 people.
The BSF School Fair makes it possible to reach black children from low-income families and
connect them to independent schools in the greater community. Representatives from BSF
Member Schools and regional as well as out of the area boarding schools provide families
seeking options in education with a wealth of information from more than 50 schools.
The Fair offers parents of pre-K through 12th grade students an opportunity to learn about private
school admissions, financial aid, grants, testing, and curriculum, directly from private/independent
schools throughout the Washington metropolitan area as well as out of area boarding schools.
Dozens of school representatives will be there to answer any questions first hand.
Held during the Fall season at the D. C. Convention Center, Annual attendance at this event
averages 4,000 to 5,000 parents of students who are enrolled, or interested in enrolling in,
private-independent schools, both day and boarding.
BSF is a 501c3 not for profit organization that recruits, refers and assists minority children in
attending independent schools and has been doing so since 1964.