To promote excellence in education by fostering communication between parents, students, and independent schools.


PCW is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1964 to promote excellence in education for independent school communities in the greater Washington, D.C. area.


We provide innovative programs to our member school parents, students, and educators that build community and enhance the quality of education at independent schools.


PCW is made up of 52 independent schools educating over 25,000 students in lower, middle, and upper schools.

THEME 2020-2021

Whole Student. Whole School.



Speaker Series: Ron Lieber in conversation with Melissa Korn

February 10th, 2021

7:00pm- 8:30pm

Please join us for an evening with Ron Lieber, author, journalist, and New York Times ” Your Money” columnist Ron Lieber for a webinar discussing hid new book,The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make, with Melissa Korn, higher education reporter for the Wall Street Journal and co-author of Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal.

To view a recording of this event, please contact administration@parentscouncil.org. This recording will be available until March 13, 2021.

To view a summary of this program click HERE.


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Upcoming Event

Upper School Dean of Students Program

Our Deans’ program is a unique opportunity for our member school Upper School Deans of Students to come together and confidentially collaborate on issues of shared interest. The foundation for this annual conversation is our Upper School Student Leader Breakfast summary, which highlights the issues, dialogue, and insights students raised at this year’s breakfast event, without attribution to any specific student or school.  PCW provides the Deans with the Upper School Student Leader Breakfast summary in advance of the Deans’ Breakfast.

March 9th, 2021

9:00am – 11:00am


Innovative Annual Programs

The Parents Council of Washington offers inspired and inventive programs that aim to inform and foster dialogue in the fields of education, child development, and parenting.