New York's Most Trusted Name in Tutoring


From Our Founder

In 2003, I started a company that helped change the landscape of tutoring and test preparation in New York City. I was 20 years old at the time and a student at Columbia University (after having graduated from Bronx Science). My vision was to build a network of Ivy League students and graduates who would act as tutors and mentors for school-aged kids through the 12th grade. I am proud to say that this vision is now a reality!


IVY is New York’s leader in subject help and test preparation, known for the best hiresknowledgeable service and reasonable pricing. We work with New York students to help them achieve their scholastic potentialretain knowledge, increase confidence, and receive higher scores on exams. Whatever the student’s needs, we’ve been there, and we can share our expertise with you. In fact, thousands of families have counted on us over the years to provide professional and energetic tutors who are able to connect to students on a level parents and teachers cannot always reach.


Education is not one-size-fits-all. We offer a highly personalized service and that’s one of the reasons it works so well. My promise to our clients is that we will find the right match for your child – your child will excel in school, have a deeper understanding of the coursework, have increased confidence overall and will learn valuable skills from an elite group of hand-picked tutors, skills that will carry him/her through high school, college and beyond.


Lisa Speransky


Lisa grew up in New York City, attending specialized public schools PS 87, Delta (MS 54) and Bronx Science, and then went on to get her BA at Columbia University. While in High School, Lisa tutored younger students with great success. When she no longer had time to tutor in college, Lisa kept receiving calls from parents looking for the same kind of care and attention she had shown to her students. She instantly understood that there was a gap in the NYC market for a reliable tutoring service. So began Ivy Tutors Network in 2003. While running her education company, Lisa has also had a 13-year corporate career in consumer products, spending 3 of those years in a C-level role before returning to IVY to pursue her mission to help students find the joy in learning.


Richard Kaplan


Richard helps parents find the perfect tutors for their children. Education has always been his top priority. After Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design, he taught 3rd graders in East Harlem, then 7th grade Vietnamese students in an anti-gang program in Brooklyn. Both his sons were blessed with wonderful teachers at PS 87, MS 54 Delta and Beacon. He served 11 years on the PS87 Parents Association board and founded a school garden where he taught. He now conducts alumni interviews for Brown. An award-winning filmmaker for more than 30 years, Richard also creates videos for students applying to college.

What we offer

17 Years of Local Expertise

Our tutors are experts in their subjects; they are undergraduate and graduate school students or recent graduates from the country’s top universities. We have been working with NYC public & private school students for over 17 years and we know what it takes to get into the best Middle & High Schools and then be admitted to the best colleges.

Winning Test Preparation

Our test prep program is the most efficient one out there. Our SAT and ACT students are able to take advantage of our proprietary course manuals. But all of our students receive a truly personalized service and free weekly proctored testing with detailed reporting.

Hand-picked Tutors

Lisa & Richard personally interview, vet and coach each of our 40+ tutors! Our hiring process includes resume submission, reference checks, education verification, a background check, phone and in-person interviews, and a teaching test for our test prep tutors.

Competitive Rates

We are proud to be able to strike the balance between hiring the best teachers out there and keeping our overhead low so we can pass on the savings to our clients. We want private one-on-one, personalized education to be as accessible as possible.


Our students consistently demonstrate the off-the-charts results in statewide and countrywide exams like SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, TACHS, Common Core, and more. We get most of our clients through referrals. Families tell other families to call us because we have “the best tutors who just simply get results.”

In-school Assistance

 We are an authorized Department of Education vendor and we take that very seriously. Every year, we work with a handful of schools to supplement the important work that full time teachers do. We have had tremendous success in raising graduation rates and increasing standardized test scores in many schools.

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Education never stops!

We are open 7 days

Starting from

$100 /hr

Frequently Asked Questions

What Our Clients Say

We have enjoyed the SAT tutoring and our daughter’s performance has vastly improved with your help—you made her dig deeper. We appreciate your help, feedback, time, thought, and overall generosity. And you’re a nice guy— what a great combination!

My son Andrew is about to go off to University of Chicago, and we feel we owe it all to Ivy League Tutors--you, Marcus, Justin , et al.

My daughter now feels confident in her math abilities and is actually enjoying participating in class and showing that she knows what’s going on. It’s been a great experience.

I was admitted to Columbia The School of Engineering through early decision!!! I want to thank you for your support.

Thanks to you and to George who had committed 200% of yours and his efforts to help our daughter to get to the score of 1520 in such a short time! Great, great jobs for both of you! I think she is ready for the upcoming college application processes.

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