About Us

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A Brief History

Starting in 1975 with Ideas & Perspectives, an advisory letter for Heads, Trustees, and other key managers, ISM has grown in direct response to the needs of the independent school community. New services have been added over the years to make ISM the only comprehensive management-support firm for private-independent schools in the United States and abroad. Administrators in schools of all types and sizes turn to ISM for advice and assistance on an array of management challenges, including risk management, student recruitment and retention, advancement, development, admission, marketing, strategic and long-range planning, Board/Head relations, personnel, plant expansion, retreats, mergers, scheduling, faculty culture, 21st century schools, leadership training, and creative Insurance solutions.

Mission Statement

ISM is dedicated to the advancement of school management. We provide creative strategies by combining extensive research, proven management techniques, and personalized service.

Our Core Purpose

Advancing school leadership—enriching the student experience.

Our Core Values


ISM conducts business in a truthful and honorable manner, promoting trust, respect, and equality among team members and clients.


Focus at ISM is the tenacious engagement of team members in achieving our corporate goals.


ISM provides services and customer service that exceed expectations.


Creativity is the process of imagination, research, building, testing, and producing products and services—leading to solutions.


Understanding the concept of teamwork is basic to the role of ISM and its employees. As team members we understand, respect, and value the role of each team member, working together to support one another toward the achievement of our mission and internal goals. By being a complete resource, the team works for the school, through the appropriate administrator, with the Board, to support the achievement of the school's mission.


Clients are not interrupting our work; they are the purpose of our work. Further, we support one another as we address clients' needs.

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Privacy Policy

We've developed this privacy policy to explain how your personal information is being collected and used by Independent School Management, Inc. (“ISM”), FAST, LLC (“FAST”), and other entities under the ISM umbrella (with the exclusion of ISM Insurance, which is governed by a separate Privacy...

Student Privacy Pledge

We are committed to supporting your school’s values and mission with integrity and respect. In so doing, it is critical that we build trust by effectively protecting the privacy of student information and communicating with parents about how student information is used and safeguarded. Therefore, we take responsibility to support the effective use of student information and to safeguard student privacy and information security.

Staff Directory

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Join Our Team

As a consulting firm serving the needs of private schools worldwide, we always seek qualified applicants who are mission-focused and student-centered.

Terms of Use

Please read the following before reading and using the materials within the ISM website (the "Product"). By agreeing to this document, the school and its representatives (collectively, "You" or the "Client") agree to be bound to the following Terms & Conditions. 1. GRANT OF LICENSE. ISM hereby gr...

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