Founded in 1995, the International Boys' Schools Coalition is a not-for-profit organization of schools dedicated to the education and development of boys worldwide, the professional growth of those who work with them, and the advocacy and advancement of institutions—primarily schools for boys—that serve them.

  • The current roster of several hundred members includes many of the major boys' schools worldwide. Nations represented by member schools include Australia, Canada, China (Hong Kong), India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Spain, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, and Zimbabwe.
  • Membership in the IBSC includes day and boarding schools, primary and secondary schools, denominational and non-denominational schools, and independent and state schools.
  • Although the coalition is legally incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in the United States, its vision was international from the beginning. The IBSC is governed by a Board of Trustees with international representation and with regional Vice Presidents.
  • The mailing address of the IBSC is PO Box 3165, La Jolla, CA 92038.
  • The organization is currently led by the Executive Director and Associate Executive Director. It is supported by the Assistant Executive Director/Operations and Technology, Director of Communications, and Business Manager.

What We Do


The goal of the IBSC is to support, advance and celebrate boys' schools as learning environments uniquely focused on the achievement, engagement and well-being of boys in their care. Our schools are devoted to the mission of supporting boys in all facets of their growth and education. As such, the IBSC is a truly global "learning community" for educators in boys' schools, and for those committed to the education of boys everywhere. Key programs include:

  • Hosting an annual conference at a member school.
  • Facilitating local conferences, workshops and events in all the global regions of the IBSC.
  • Facilitating visits and tours by prominent speakers about boys and boys' education
  • Coordinating Action Research in Boys' Schools, a world-leading program that brings together teams of teachers who engage in action research project on teaching boys. The reports are published annually.
  • Conducting and publishing research on teaching boys and on boys' issues in education. Teaching Boys: A Global Study of Effective Practice reported in 2009. It was published in a modified form by Jossey-Bass asReaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Strategies That Work – And Why (2010). A second project, Locating Significance in the Lives of Boys, was published in December, 2011. A third project, For Whom the Boy Toils: The Primacy of Relationship in Boys' Learning, reported in April, 2013 and will be published by Harvard Education Press as I Can Learn From You: Boys as Relational Learners in March, 2014.
  • Supporting a web-site for communication and posting of materials about the IBSC program and of relevance to member schools.
  • Facilitating international teacher and student exchange in the IBSC community. The first Student Forum was held in conjunction with the 2013 annual conference, and will take place again during the 2014 annual conference.

IBSC serves our members through:

  • Professional Development
  • Research
  • Networking
  • Advocacy

Types of Membership

Below is a synopsis of Membership Types. For complete details, including dues information please tap or click IBSC Membership Types and Fees.

Full Member

A fully qualified member enjoys all the rights and privileges of IBSC membership as defined in the by-laws and can serve on the board. According to the by-laws, Full Membership is open to schools that are primarily for boys and have primary and/or secondary school classes.

Associate Member

Associate membership is open to coeducational schools wishing to work with the Coalition for the achievement of its purposes. Associate Members gain all the privileges of membership except the opportunity to vote at the annual business meeting and to serve on the board.

Provisional Member

Provisional membership is open to new boys’ schools that charge tuition. Provisional Members gain all the privileges of membership except the opportunity to vote at the annual business meeting and to serve on the board. Provisional membership is available to new schools for up to three years as schools become fully established.

Individual Member

Individual membership is open to individuals who wish to work with the Coalition for the achievement of its purposes. This type of membership is designed as a category of membership for persons who are not associated with or employed by schools (or organizations interested in education), such as researchers, scholars, or individuals interested in boys’ education. Individual members gain all the privileges of membership except the opportunity to vote at the annual business meeting and to serve on the board.

Corporate Member

Corporate membership is open to corporations, associations, or organizations other than schools that are interested in boys’ education. Corporate Members have access to specific benefits which are listed below.

Please tap or click IBSC Membership Types and Fees to review complete details.

Application for Membership

To start the Membership process, please complete and submit the on-line MEMBER APPLICATION. Your application will be reviewed; upon approval, we will be in contact with you to guide you through the final steps for dues payment and activation of your membership.

If you have any questions about membership in the IBSC, please contact IBSC Membership Director at

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