In the early 1990s, a handful of K-8 independent school admission directors in San Francisco started meeting annually to set a common decision mailing date and establish best practices in order to coordinate efforts to support families. Pat DeNezza from The Hamlin School, Jeff Escabar from Marin Country Day School, Lynn McKannay from Town School for Boys, Harriet Moss from Katherine Delmar Burke School, Pam Thorpe from Schools of the Sacred Heart, Edie Wexler from French American International School, and Dottie Wylie from Cathedral School for Boys were the founding members of The Bay Area Directors of Admission (BADA).
From there, our grassroots organization gradually grew, adding independent schools each year. By 2012, we had over 50 member schools and together were working with preschool directors to support parents through the independent school admission process. As of August 2016, our consortium has over 70 member schools and we are still growing.
BADA incorporated into a 501c6 in 2013 and is governed by a Board representing membership across our service area. We also use the Independent Schools of the San Francisco Bay Area (ISSFBA) as an identifying name and website.
Board members for 2016-17 are:
President: Lisa Aquino (The Hamlin School)
Vice President: Jennifer Tyler (Keys School)
Secretary/Treasurer: Ben Harrison (Adda Clevenger School)
Membership Chair: Michael Thompson (Sea Crest School)
Policy and Guidance Chair: Dana Goldberg (Marin Preparatory School)
Statistics and Survey Chair: Maile Uohara (International School of the Peninsula)
Communications Chair: Homa Hanjani (San Francisco Day School)
Preschool Partnership: Jennie Nash (San Domenico School)
Program Committee: Mary Jo Heindel (Almaden Country School)
We extend our thanks to past Board members:
Mission and Vision:
The Bay Area Directors of Admission (BADA) group exists to support families and schools in the admission process by promoting best practices, coordinated timelines, and open communication. Members agree to collaboratively implement best practices so as to ensure smooth, respectful and predictable admission experiences for both families and schools. Membership is open to independent schools in the Bay Area that share and agree to practice the mission of BADA by living the guidelines of best practices, adherence to protocols and deadlines, and maintaining open communication.
For more information about the Bay Area Directors of Admission, BADA, and the ISSFBA group, please contact our coordinator, Dana Nelson-Isaacs, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a school staff member interested in joining the organization, please contact Dana prior to filling out paperwork or paying dues. Thank you!