About Independent Schools of St. Louis

Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL) is a non-profit professional association established in 1972 that includes 47 independently governed elementary and secondary schools throughout the metropolitan St. Louis region. Schools that are members of ISSL provide a complete range of educational opportunities for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

Our Mission

ISSL promotes public awareness of independent schools and their value, professional development for staff and trustees, and collaboration among its members.

Statement of Purpose

Through ISSL, our member schools work together to:

  • Increase awareness and knowledge of independent schools by participating in collaborative outreach efforts;

  • Offer professional development opportunities for trustees, administrators, and faculty in support of members' goals to achieve excellence in education;

  • Create forums for sharing, communicating and effective problem solving in an atmosphere of mutual respect.