About Us

The Ivy Key was founded by two Harvard University graduates, Jae Gardner and Chris McConnell. Jae Gardner graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology. Chris McConnell graduated Harvard University with a Bachelor’s degree in English. They have over ten years of tutoring experience and have worked with a multitude of students across the Northeast. Since the company’s inception, The Ivy Key has partnered with a host of public and private institutions across the metropolitan area. In 2009, NY1 recognized Jae Gardner and Chris McConnell as New Yorkers of the Week for the college preparation work they did with various public high schools in New York City.

“We are proud of this company, we saw a need for a new kind of tutoring – one in which tutoring coupled with mentoring truly helps a student grow. All our services are executed with the simple fact in mind that commitment begets excellence.”

Jae Gardner


The Ivy Key is a New York City-based tutoring company that offers effective tutoring, mentoring, and admissions consulting. The Ivy Key only employs tutors who have either graduated from or are currently attending an Ivy League school or an institution of equal quality. Our instructors model tenacity and academic achievement, inspiring our students to work with vigor both inside and out of the academic arena. Our goal is to exemplify the skills needed to unlock the door to a successful high school, college and professional career.

Service Options

The Ivy Key offers a range of tutoring service types in-home, online, one-on-one, and group programs at our learning center. We offer private tutoring to help students of all ages excel in their coursework and subject tutoring. With our standardized test prep and college admissions counseling, Ivy Key students stand out from their peers.

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Partnership Programs

The Ivy Key’s partners with schools and community-based organizations to provide students with a high-quality test preparation experience in a familiar setting. The Ivy Key works with each institution to provide a customized program, always taught by a highly-trained and experienced Ivy League instructor.

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The Ivy Key understands that the community is the foundation upon which all great minds are built. We are honored to provide our services to those most in need of test preparation through our Climbing Ivy program, a pro bono arrangement with in-need schools and CBOs.


If you are an experienced instructor with an Ivy League degree, with an impressive teaching resume and great interpersonal skills, we'd like to talk to you about becoming a tutor for The Ivy Key. If you are interested in working with a company that values excellence above all else, then contact us about finding a place for you in our fast-growing organization. The Ivy Key provides tutors with flexible scheduling options as well as substantial compensation packages.

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Thank you for visiting The Ivy Key. For more information about our programs or tutors, or to request our services, please contact us. We are always interested in hearing from you.

The Ivy Key Learning Center

38 West 32nd Street
11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Office Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., EST.
Monday – Friday




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News & Events

The Ivy Key's CEO Jae Gardner on Pix11 News
Jul 29th, 2016

Petition circulates to lower age of presidential candidacy For the past few years, younger voters have become more involved in politics, but unfortunately none of them can run for president until they are 35. View it here: http://pix11.com/2016/07/29/petition-circulates-to-lower-age-of-presidential-candidacy/

Happy 2016!
Jan 4th, 2016

The Ivy Key wishes all our clients and partners a wonderful New Year! May all your academic goals come true. And, remember, we are the source for test prep on the new SAT test!