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  • Downtown Early Childhood Association (DECA) is a membership organization for independent private early childhood programs in downtown Manhattan. The website provides easy access to the member schools.
  • Parents League of New York, Inc. is a membership organization for independent private day schools and parents which provides a wide variety of information about the NYC private independent day schools, including an advisory service, sponsorship of schools fairs and parent education programs and publication of a number of resource guides including the must have directory of NYC private independent day schools.
  • Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY) is a NYC based non-profit organization of admissions directors and heads of schools that works to create a coordinated system for the independent private day school community. This site provides links to its member schools, provides guidance on the admissions process, identifies testing organizations, and outlines the timeline for applications and acceptance letters.
  • Educational Records Bureau (ERB) administers the testing program (referred to as "The ERB") for students seeking admission to the independent schools K-12 in the greater New York City area.
  • Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) administers the SSAT for students entering independent schools in 6-12 grades. Information about member schools is included on the website.
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a membership organization whose primary goal is “to serve and strengthen independent schools.” Its membership includes independent schools and associations in the United States, as well as independent schools abroad. The site provides guidance to families on the admissions process.
  • School and Student Services (SSS), administered by NAIS, is the financial aid application used by the majority of independent schools. The site also provides an FAQ on financial aid, as well as tips, timeline and information about other financial supports.

Diversity Resources

Diversity Resources: Elementary School

  • Early Steps, Inc. targets families whose children will enter kindergarten or first grade. The Early Steps program is a resource for both independent schools and families. The program assists independent schools to increase their racial diversity and guides and supports parents of color through the application, admissions, and financial aid process.

Diversity Resources: Middle and High School

  • The Albert G. Oliver Program is an educational and multi-service organization that works with academically talented NYC-based African-American and Latino students and assists them in their enrollment in independent day and boarding schools throughout the Northeast. One unique feature of the program is their effort to support the participating student-s commitment to community service.
  • A Better Chance, Inc., is a national program that provides academically talented children of color access to over 225 schools, including private day and boarding schools, as well as public schools. The program targets students in 8th through 11th grades who are in the top 10% of their class with a grade average of B or better. In NYC, there are also opportunities for students beginning in 6th and 7th grades.
  • Prep for Prep identifies intellectually gifted and motivated public school students from minority backgrounds and prepares them for admission in independent preparatory day schools. The organization conducts a "Talent Search" of New York City public school students in grades 5, 6, and 7 and invites them to apply. The organization-s program, Prep9, assists students in gaining admission to the independent boarding schools in the Northeast region.
  • The TEAK Fellowship is a program that helps economically disadvantaged intellectually gifted New York City students gain access to and succeed at top public, parochial, and independent high schools. Offers test preparation, tutoring, mentoring, after-school and summer classes, exposure to the arts and outdoors, and paid summer internships.