Membership for Schools

The Parents League currently has approximately 300 member schools, comprised of New York City private and independent preschools, elementary and secondary schools, country day and boarding schools. Annual membership dues are based on the total enrollment of the school.

Application and Requirements

To apply for School Membership, please download School Membership Application and mail or fax it back to us.
Requirements for School Membership are listed below. Please call us at 212-737-7385 if you have any questions.

New York City Schools Membership Requirements

  • Elementary and secondary schools must have been in operation for at least five years; preschools must have been in operation for at least three years.
  • Elementary and secondary schools must be accredited by NYSAIS or by one of the regional accrediting agencies, or an international accrediting body with a recognized evaluation process.
  • Preschools must be licensed by the NYC Department of Health, Division of Day Care.
  • School Membership Application and fee
  • Letters of proposal from the Heads of two New York City Parents League member schools

Once the application and the two letter of proposal are received, an official site visit will be arranged.

Country Day and Boarding School Membership Requirements

  • The school must have been in operation for at least five years.
  • The school must be accredited by a regional accrediting association, or an international accrediting body with a recognized evaluation process.
  • School Membership Application and fee
  • Letters of proposal from the Heads of two Parents League member schools, one of which should preferably be a New York City member school.


Benefits of Membership for Schools


Annual Independent School Fairs

Each year we hold a Boarding School Fair, Middle and Upper Day School Fair, a Kindergarten Fair and a Preschool Fair.  The fairs are held in New York City and are open to the public. 

Panel Presentations for Prospective Parents

Panel presentations are held annually in New York City featuring admission directors from our member schools

Directory of Member Schools

A roster of our member schools, this directory is printed annually and is distributed to the public at our Fairs and to our family members. It includes member schools’ contact information, enrollment, age/grade range, and tuition.

Online School Directory

Widely used by our family members, the Parents League Online School Directory includes detailed information and links to member schools for Parents League members.

Advisory Services

Our school advisors provide a place for families to start in their search for the right school for their child and continue by guiding them during the application process and helping them make a final school choice. Advisors regularly visit member schools to learn about each program's distinctiveness so they can share this information with families. The Parents League is often a critical resource for a family relocating from overseas or another part of the country.

Grade Openings

The school advisory service works individually with families throughout the year to guide them to schools with possible openings. Member schools continuously report school openings throughout the year to our advisory service.

Fall and Spring Workshops

Workshops on various parenting and education topics are presented several times a year and may feature a faculty member or administrator from one of our member schools.  Faculty and staff are welcome to attend our workshops.

Forums

A panel presentation or lecture by a nationally known speaker on an issue of importance to parents and educators. Open to the public.

Spring Reception

This annual event honors the Heads and Admission Directors of our member schools.


Parents League Publications

Each member school receives a copy of the Review our annual journal on parenting and education, and the Guide to New York City Preschools (Preschools only).

 

Upcoming Events

Boarding School Admissions Fair 2021
Venue:
Multi-day Virtual Fair
A link will be emailed to all registrants
New York, NY 10028
When:
Monday, October 18, 2021
Time:
9:00am - 9:15pm
Members: Register here
Non-Members: Register here
Why boarding school?
Venue:
Virtual Panel Discussion
A link will be emailed to all registrants
New York, NY 10028
When:
Monday, October 18, 2021
Time:
11:00am - 12:00pm
Members: Register here
Non-Members: Register here

PLNY Blog

by Barbara Scott, Executive Director, Parents League of New York

Why do parents send their children to boarding school? Why do kids want to go to boarding school? Barbara Scott, Executive Director, Parents League of New York describes her family's experience with boarding school life.

Are you concerned about private school tuition costs? Though the cost of tuition may seem daunting, we advise families to keep an open mind when searching for a private or independent school. Here we address common concerns about school affordability and the financial aid application process.