An independent school is not public school, a charter school or a parochial school. The term private school is often used interchangeably with independent school; however, there is a slight distinction between a private and an independent school. An independent school has its own independent board of trustees, while a private school can be a part of or governed by another entity such as a church or synagogue. Independent schools are not dependent on government or church funds; funding is mainly through tuition. Every independent school has its own unique mission and select students through their own self-defined admissions process.
To learn more about independent schools in New York City and beyond visit:
- New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
- Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY)
- National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
- Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAISCT)
- New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS)
- Parents League of New York assists thousands of families applying to independent schools each year through personal school advisory services, school fairs, publications, workshops and programs.
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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.
- 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
Take advantage of our many benefits including school admissions advice, events and publications.
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- Parents League Publications
- Online School Directory
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- Office Bulletin Board and Tutoring File
Financial Aid Memberships available.