About Us

First published in 1915, The Handbook of Private Schools presented the original comprehensive guide to America's top private schools. Founder Porter Edward Sargent, a Harvard College graduate and former teacher and principal (despite attending just seven months of secondary school himself), supplied vital information on each school at no charge to the institutions, instilling the objectivity and rigorous attention to detail that continue to distinguish the four publications in the Porter Sargent Handbook Series.

Now Private School Search delivers the Handbook series' wealth of private school data to a whole new audience on the web -- at no charge to users. Drawing from more than 90 years of experience and our exhaustive database of annually updated school facts, the site makes it easier than ever for parents, educators and consultants to match each student with the perfect school placement, from preschools welcoming toddlers for their first school experience to elite secondary schools preparing students for admission to the most selective colleges and universities.

Our detailed search function allows users to narrow their search by location, grades offered and size of enrollment, or search for schools offering single-gender education or residential boarding programs. Comprehensive school listings supply essential facts on and basic descriptions alongside website and contact information for more than 1700 primary and secondary schools. Featured Schools supplement their basic listing with photos, a detailed description and an in-depth profile covering administration and faculty credentials, academic and athletic offerings, tuition and financial aid, test scores, graduate placements and more.

In 2007 Porter Sargent Handbooks joined forces with Carnegie Communications (formerly Alloy Education), a company that has been at the forefront in developing response-driven communication, recruitment solutions, and marketing services for education since 1985. Beginning with its flagship publication Private Colleges & Universities, the company diversified over the years by publishing many unique niche magazines and guide books, including some that reach all over the world. With their top performing recruitment and lead generation services and cutting-edge digital marketing team, Carnegie has set the standard for educational marketing and continues today to lead the industry.

School administrators looking to update their Private School Search listing, or to add their school to our database, email updates@portersargent.com.

For information on advertising opportunities on Private School Search, contact Stacey Poehler at spoehler@carnegiecomm.com.

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