The Buffalo Independent Secondary School Network (BISSNET) was formed as a consortium of independent high schools in Erie and Niagara County to facilitate educational advancement, promote access to technology, and make a difference in the lives of our children.

Initially, the organization had two main areas of focus: scholarships and technology:

  • The John R. Oishei Foundation established a scholarship program in 1998, funding $95,000 in scholarships at member schools. That amount has grown to $__________ annually in 2018.
  • Since 20?? students at member schools also qualify to apply to for one of several Cullen Foundation High School Scholarships with a total value of ___________ in 2018.
  • In 1998 a significant program to introduce technology into the member schools and train staff was originally funded, developed and implemented by the John R. Oishei Foundation. Technology Integration training in member schools is ongoing today.


BISSNET introduced a group purchasing discount initiative which has continued to this day. Schools receive discounts on office and school supplies through a contracted vendor.


The organization hired its first Diversity Coordinator and ushered in a new area of focus for member schools: diversity, equity, and inclusion.


BISSNET became the Education Collaborative of WNY.......


After a lengthy strategic planning process, EdCos strategic priorities were re-focused to the following core priorities:

1. Promote private education and EdCo schools

2. Support school's progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion

3. Help member schools build internal capacity to serve students better.