About the Parents League of New York

Founded in 1913 as a coalition of parents and independent and private schools, Parents League of New York supports families and children by providing a broad range of educational and parenting resources.  

As the public face of private education in New York—and the only nonprofit of its kind—we are the preeminent provider of advisory services for school admissions. Each year we help thousands of families as they apply to hundreds of schools across the country. Through our unequaled experience and affiliations, we have been developing and offering a wide array of workshops, forums and publications for over 100 years.

We provide:

  • Advice to families selecting schools and programs: preschools, elementary and secondary schools, boarding schools, special needs programs and summer camps.
  • Parenting and education lectures and workshops by experts in their fields, and panel presentations by admissions and financial aid directors.
  • Publications including the Review, Guide to New York City Preschools, Let's Play: Activities for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers and distribution of the New York Independent Schools Directory on behalf of ISAAGNY.

Parents League of New York holds memberships in Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), International Boys' Schools Coalition (IBSC), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), and the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP).


Become a Member

School Fair

Membership for Schools

If you represent an independent or private school click here to learn how to apply for School Membership, or call us at 212-737-7385. Annual membership dues are based on the total enrollment of the school.

  • Annual School Fairs
  • Panel Presentations for Prospective Parents
  • Member School Directory and Publications
  • Online Member School Directory
  • Advisory Services
  • Grade Openings
  • Workshops and Forums
  • Spring Reception

More Information about Memberships for Schools

Family Membership

Take advantage of our many benefits including school admissions advice, events and publications.

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  • School Advisory Appointments and Workshops
  • Lectures, Panels and Events on Parenting and Education
  • Parents League Publications
  • Online School Directory
  • Camp Advice and Information
  • Office Bulletin Board and Tutoring File

More Information about Family Memberships

Financial Aid Memberships available.

Upcoming Events

School Admissions in New York City
Gina Malin, Executive Director, Parents League of New York and Clara Hemphill, Director and Editor, InsideSchools
The Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium at The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10023
United States
Thursday, April 5, 2018
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Fully Booked
Parents League Kindergarten Fair
Grace Church School
86 Fourth Avenue
between 10th & 11th Streets
New York, NY 10003
United States
Monday, April 16, 2018
4:30pm - 6:15pm
Members: Register here
Non-Members: Register here


Many families will be hearing from preschools about admissions soon. Our Senior School Advisor Lisa Khakee provides insight into the New York preschool admissions process, from when to expect notifications to what to do if your child is accepted or is waitlisted at a NYC independent school.

by JOHN PALFREY Head of School, Phillips Academy, Andover

Raising and educating children was hard enough as it was. The addition of a new variable to the equation seems a bit unfair. Our children’s use of technology, which seems to change by the month if not by the week, is like adding a whole series of new variables. The equations that have gotten harder have to do with social and emotional growth, concerns about getting into schools or obtaining a first job, and how to optimize technology use for academic development.