|Following are links that you might find helpful in researching independent schools, financial aid, and related programs.
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Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York
ISAAGNY is a non-profit association of early childhood and ongoing schools that grew out of the need to clarify the process of applying to independent schools and make the transition between schools easier for applicants and their families. ISAAGNY offers fee reductions on Educational Record Bureau testing fees to families who qualify for financial assistance. ISAAGNY serves its member schools by setting guidelines on matters of common interest, such as notification dates, and conducting workshops to increase professionalism and encourage cooperation among schools.
National Association of Independent Schools
NAIS represents approximately 1,300 independent schools and associations in the United States, and affiliates with independent schools abroad as well. NAIS offers a broad variety of services to its member schools and associations.
New York State Association of Independent Schools
NYSAIS is a voluntary association of some 180 independent nursery, elementary and secondary schools enrolling some 70,000 students. It is affiliated with the National Association of Independent Schools and the New York State Coalition for Independent and Religious Schools. Founded in 1947, the Association is incorporated under New York State Education Law and is non-profit and federally tax exempt.
Early Steps is a hands-on non-profit organization whose mission is to promote racial diversity within New York City independent schools. Early Steps accomplishes this by increasing the enrollment of children of color beginning at the kindergarten and first grade levels.
Prep for Prep
Prep for Prep develops leaders through access to superior education and opportunities. Since 1978, Prep has identified New York City’s most promising students of color and prepared them for placement at independent schools in the city and boarding schools throughout the Northeast. Once placed, Prep offers support and opportunities to ensure the academic accomplishment and personal growth of each one of our students.
A Better Chance
A Better Chance is the oldest and only national organization of its kind changing the life trajectory for academically talented youth of color via access to rigorous and prestigious educational opportunities for students in Grades 6-12. The mission of A Better Chance is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.
The School and Student Service for Financial Aid
SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools. SSS is used by more than 2,400 K-12 schools and organizations across the country to help assess a family's ability to pay for independent education and to help families feel confident that their request for financial aid is being treated objectively and professionally.
The K-12 Family Education Loan is available to parents or other creditworthy family members of children attending private elementary, middle, or high schools, including prep schools, military schools, parochial schools, Montessori schools, boarding schools, and others.