These local and national organizations offer information on a variety of educational options.

Association of Independent Schools in New England – 781-843-8440; – Provides services to members, including Massachusetts private schools, promotes educational leadership and offers an online directory of member schools.

• Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Boston –  617-965-7350; – Central educational service agency for more than 100 schools or school units, youth groups, summer camps and adult education programs.

Massachusetts Department of Education –  Information Services – – Provides profiles of Massachusetts public school districts, and data on enrollment, dropout rates and plans of high school graduates.

Massachusetts Home Learning Association – – The oldest statewide home school organization in Massachusetts is a support, information and advocacy group. Website offers resources on homeschooling, support groups and more.

• Montessori Schools of Massachusetts – 508-789-6546; Explains the Montessori education method and offers a list of Massachusetts Montessori schools.

National Association of Independent Schools – 202-973-9700; – Provides a database of member schools plus tips for choosing and applying to a school, obtaining financial aid and more.

National Catholic Educational Association – 800-711-6232; – Information on a private, Catholic education from educators and institutions serving students in elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities.