Independent Schools

Diversity Resources and Opportunities

Early Steps, Inc. (212-288-9684), established by the Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), is a resource for families of color interested in pursuing independent schooling whose children will enter kindergarten or first grade. The program assists parents of color through the application, admissions, and financial aid process.

Through a unique assessment model, A Better Chance refers academically talented students entering grades 6 through 11 to the nation's finest independent and public schools.

The Oliver Program selects highly motivated 7th grade students of African American and Latino descent in NYC and offers them the support and guidance they need to gain admission to some of the best independent schools.

Prep for Prep identifies New York City's promising students of color in 5th and 6th grade and prepares them for placement in independent schools in the city and boarding schools throughout the Northeast. There is also a PREP 9 program that places students of color in prominent boarding schools.

TEAK Fellowship identifies New York City students from low income families in 7th grade and above and helps them gain admission to and succeed at the top high schools.

Founded in 1984 by Brother Brian Carty, FSC, De La Salle Academy is a private, independent, non-sectarian middle school located in Manhattan. The school's student body includes youngsters from all five boroughs of New York City. De La Salle is the only private, independent school in New York City for academically talented, economically disadvantaged boys and girls in grades six through eight.

Following the tradition established by De La Salle Academy, but with a focus on boys, the George Jackson Academy enrolls bright boys from less advantaged families in grades 4-8.