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As we have written in the past, standardized Advanced Placement programs often fail to meet your school’s Purpose and Outcome Statements. A better approach is to design a truly independent, mission- and core values-based curriculum.Login to see the full article
There is no doubt every private-independent school needs an engaged Board. As a nonprofit organization, the formation of a Board is an IRS requirement. “The Internal Revenue Service encourages an active and engaged board, believing that it is important to the success of a charity and its compliance ...Login to see the full article
Being a member of a private-independent school Board is an honor for those invited to serve. This role also carries with it a definitive set of goals and behaviors that positively influence the Board’s culture and the school’s strategic direction.Login to see the full article
In a recent I&P article, ISM recommended that schools consider adding “Core Values” to their Purpose and Outcome Statements because it is becoming more difficult for schools to avoid a core values position. There are several reasons for such a recommendation. They include protecting the school’...Login to see the full article
Inflation reigns, and the stock market is uncertain. Enrollment and re-enrollment are down. Last year’s annual giving target wasn’t met, and parents who are struggling to pay tuition aren’t likely to contribute additional funds. The school’s overall financial position is precarious.Login to see the full article
A modern curriculum is incomplete without a current Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging (DEIJB) review. Applying a generalized DEIJB framework to any sort of curriculum review and design is a daunting task for many reasons. Foremost, the curriculum serves as a foundational component of a school’s identity.Login to see the full article
As the Admission Director or Summer Program Director, you have watched your school’s summer program grow. Not only are more of your academic-year students participating, but there are often more students from public schools coming as well.Login to see the full article
ISM has long advocated using the conceptual framework of the Comprehensive Development Model as a foundation for evaluating the effectiveness of development programs. Its six elements—the Strategic Board, Professional and Volunteer Leadership, Case for Giving, Prospects and Donors, Plan of Action, and Donor-Centered Programs—drive program excellence and success.Login to see the full article
PPRRSM (often referred to as “PRISM”) stands for Provision for Plant Replacement, Renewal, and Special Maintenance, a term created by private-independent schools to represent funds reserved for physical plant.Login to see the full article
The IRS has established requirements for private school Boards, recognizing schools as nonprofit businesses. Your Committee on Trustees should periodically review IRS regulations to ensure your Board complies with these requirements. Failure can jeopardize your school’s tax-exempt status.Login to see the full article