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We work together with your leaders, teachers, staff members, and students to understand your school’s unique needs, strengths, and challenges. We help you create a plan to help you meet your goals.
Your team can then put these mission-appropriate recommendations into action to achieve increased cash reserves, higher enrollment levels, and long-term stability. At the end of the day, we all have a singular purpose—advance school leadership to enrich the student experience.
We offer personalized consultations for many leadership divisions of a private school—the Board of Trustees, School Heads, the Business Office, the Development Office, Enrollment Management professionals, Marketing professionals, and Academic leaders. Select the area of school leadership you’d like to further explore.
ISM’s Consulting Services can be conducted onsite and virtually, ensuring you get the support you need, no matter the circumstances. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our Consulting Services
New School Head Coaching
New School Head Coaching
Your programs set your school apart. Explore how to create and build programs that pull families in and give them an experience they couldn’t have at another private-independent school.
Admission & Enrollment Management
ISM’s data-informed approach pinpoints what attracts families to your school and inspires them to stay. Receive customized solutions based on your school’s unique marketplace stance, challenges, and opportunities.
Board of Trustees
The Board must focus its efforts on governing, planning, and financing your school's future, while leaving everyday decisions to competent administrators. To do that successfully, your Board must think, plan, and act strategically.
Business & Operations
Take advantage of a full range of planning, facilities, and operations consulting services that give your school a solid footing for the future. Examine where your key operations work well, and where they can use improvement.
Fundraising & Development
Learn how to develop successful strategies to engage and bring donors closer to your institution. No matter your school size, history, or pedagogy, explore how to plan, implement, and evaluate your fundraising strategies to realize your full potential.
Explore how to share exceptional stories of student learning, engagement, and outcomes, and illustrate how these can become differentiators that distinguish your school from your competitors.
Whether you want to ensure that all school functions run at peak efficiency or are considering implementing new strategies and initiatives, lean on a trusted source of knowledge to increase the likelihood of long-term success.
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One-on-One Coaching for New Heads
Work with an ISM Consultant in your first years of Headship to set you on a path to success.
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A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way: How to Keep Your Donors Happy
Fundraising // August 21, 2022
A friend who reaches out only when they want something—never texting or calling to say “hello” or to see how you’re doing—is not a true friend. One-sided friendships aren't worth maintaining, and eventually you’ll stop taking their calls.Read More
How to Define and Differentiate Your School to Gain a Competitive Edge
Marketing Communications // August 7, 2022
In most markets, today’s public schools adequately prepare students for higher education, which has traditionally been a key differentiator for private schools. Now it’s more important than ever to determine what your competitive edge is and how that differs from your local public schools in your area.Read More
The Best Apps of 2022 to Help Support a Healthy Lifestyle
School Health and Wellness // August 7, 2022
Maintaining your health and wellness should be your priority throughout 2022. Luckily, there are thousands of health and wellness apps available to support you in completing your goals.Read More
Your School's Guide to Marketing: Traditional Versus Digital
Marketing Communications // August 7, 2022
Marketing your school in an effective and lucrative way is not easy. It requires constant evaluation and flexibility to keep up with the changing demands of your school and your audience.Read More
Successfully Penetrate Your Target Market—Including Public School Families
Enrollment Management // August 7, 2022
The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged all schools in many ways. It has also caused parents and guardians to reevaluate how and where their children attend school.Read More
Three Tips to Support Mental Health in Your School
School Health and Wellness // July 24, 2022
The pandemic cast a spotlight on the growing challenge of mental health issues among young people. One study of teens aged 13–18 showed that, from 2019 to 2020, anxiety increased 93.6%, depression 83.9%, substance abuse disorders 62.7%, and incidents of self-harm a shocking 333.93%Read More
Three Ways to Ensure Your Marketing Budget Can Support Your Goals
Marketing Communications // July 24, 2022
Marketing and Budgeting—two essential tools that most definitely correlate. Thanks to the recent pandemic and a little something called inflation, creating (or modifying) your school’s marketing budget has become more complicated in recent years—for example, consider this budget item: the cost of paper has risen over 20% recently!Read More
Using Market Research to Optimize Messaging
Enrollment Management // July 24, 2022
In part one of this series, we discussed the data science of using Lookalike Analysis to identify a school’s prime enrollment prospective families. In part two, we discussed the strategy of market segment targeting and prioritization which represents the second, complementary method of recruitment prospecting.Read More
Six Back to School Events to Kick Off the New School Year
School Leadership // July 24, 2022
It’s that time of year to start thinking about back-to-school events! After two years of uncertainty, most families and students are eager to gather. But as you schedule opening sessions and programs, remember to be flexible. Consider outdoor activities and ways for families and students to remain socially distanced.Read More
Rethink Social-Emotional Learning for Your School
School Health and Wellness // July 10, 2022
Academics are important, but they aren’t the only thing leading to a well-rounded student. Social-emotional learning (SEL) aims to develop life skills in students.Read More