National Association of Independent Schools
NAIS oversees state, regional, national, and international accrediting bodies that certify more than 1800 independent schools in the U.S. and abroad.

Private School Review
This site helps parents "learn about boarding schools, find schools, get admissions tips and financial aid help." See also Boarding School Review.

College Confidential: Prep School Admissions Forum
Pages and threads too numerous to count covering myriad aspects of admission to prep schools and boarding academies. Inside scoop on schools, testing, applying, more.

The Association of Boarding Schools
International organization serving college prep boarding schools and championing "the compelling benefits of living and learning in an academic community."

SSAT School Search
Use the search functions of the SSAT School Search Page to find basic information about independent schools.


Niche: Private K-12 School Rankings
Rankings and in-depth profiles of K-12 schools and communities, by location. Cool resource for families planning a move and for parents comparing private schools.

Best Schools: Best Private Elementary Schools
The Best Schools ranking of independent primary schools provides parents and others a place to start when beginning research into private school options.

Business insider: Best Private High Schools
Short and sweet one-trick pony. Takes the Niche rankings and lists the category in which each school got its lowest grade.


Parent's Guide to Independent Schools
Jump onto the admissions learning curve. Discover what an independent school education has to offer, how to find and apply to the right school, and what it takes to get in.

Private School Admissions
Comprehensive article on the complex independent school admissions process, including: types of schools, curriculum, testing, ratings, applying, financial aid, more.

How to Navigate Private School Admissions offers its perspective on the best way to find a seat for your child at a good independent school. An excellent piece, with links to related articles.

Getting Into Private School
A quick look at various factors involved in applying to private schools, by experts and the Private School Review.

What Do AdComs Look For?
It's the big question. To address it, provides a look inside the minds of admission committee members.


Independent Education Consultants Association
The IECA, founded in 1976, is a professional organization devoted to the field and practice of educational consulting. Search for a private school consultant here.

Professional Referrals Resources Page
Trustworthy personal recommendations are always best. My favorite consultants in the SF Bay Area will likely be able to help your family, or refer you to someone who can.


Admissions to Private Schools is a Stress Test
... but you already knew that. Could it be as bad or worse than the notorious college admissions process? Yes, it could. Steel yourself, and buckle up.

Choosing a School
U.S. News outlines how to select the right high school. How do teachers in the UK pick a school for their own children?