Advisory Services

Parents League advisors provide families with valuable 1-1 consultations to discuss and prepare for private and independent school admissions. Advisory consultations are included with membership. For more information, please see the FAQs below.

Who are Parents League School Advisors?

Parents League advisors are expert educators. They have combined experience as administrators, admissions professionals, classroom teachers and board members at schools.

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School Advisors Anne Burns, Mary Ann Clerkin, Ann Levine, Evie Gurney and Chantal Aflalo

With well established and close working relationships with over 350 independent schools, PLNY provides families with up-to-date information about a broad range of school programs & admissions policies. See individual bios here.

How do I set up an appointment?

First, become a Parents League member online. After completing the registration, you will receive a welcome email with your log-in information to your online account, where you can update your personal information and details about your family at any point in time.

Once you have set up your online account, request an appointment or email [email protected] to set up a call with a School Advisor.

You can also sign up online for the many free events we offer throughout the year.

Is membership based on the school year or calendar year?

Your membership is based on a 12-month period from the date you become a member. As an added benefit, you will be offered the opportunity to renew your membership at a discounted "ongoing member" rate when your current membership expires.

Most admissions processes begin in early September and culminate in placement the following spring, but you may want to start your research in the spring or summer preceding your admissions season, and so April and May are great months to join, especially if this is your first time starting this process.

We have several children in our family. Will advisory services be available for all of them?

Yes, our advisory services are available to assist with placement of any student in your immediate family with your Family Membership, at no extra cost.

Does Parents League help with middle school and high school students?

Yes, and our Advisors excel in this area. Even if your child has been at an ongoing school from kindergarten, it is always a good idea to investigate other options as students grow and mature. In addition, we advise many families who need mid-year placement—for instance, those who are relocating to New York City.

Do you work ONLY with New York City schools?

While the majority of our member schools are in New York City, we have over 30 country day school members in the surrounding area, and we have over 125 boarding school members throughout the United States and Canada. Our Advisors can certainly help families who are looking at options outside of the city.

Will I speak to the same Advisor each time?

Generally, you will work with the same Advisor throughout the admissions process, but any one of our Advisors are able to assist you on the rare occasion your Advisor is not available.

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If you are applying for financial aid at independent schools, click here to apply for a discounted membership.

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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.

Benefits
  • 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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Benefits
  • School Advisory Appointments
  • Parent and Caregiver Book Talks
  • Admissions Workshops
  • Parents League Publications
  • Online School Directory

More Information about Family Memberships

Financial Aid Memberships available.

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