Admission and Development Go Hand in Hand

Vol. 12 No. 6

Last month, we discussed how the Admission Office could seem like another planet to Development Directors, but that it’s possible to keep everyone working toward the same goal: a happy, healthy school pursuing its mission to the best of its ability. Everyone has a different way of approaching the same target, and the different perspectives allow for the shared goal to be achieved.

Let’s consider the Development Office. At first, it may seem as though their mission is almost antithetical to yours—after all, asking for money drives people away, doesn’t it?


Sink or Swim: Making Your Wait Pool Tolerable

Vol. 12 No. 6

As the economy improves and families rediscover the funds to invest in their children’s education, you may find that your private-independent school has more interest from prospective students than you have space to accommodate. Enter your wait pool!

The wait pool has become a powerful, vital tool for your Admission Office to create the best possible community of incoming students. Sometimes, though, it can seem intimidating for the families waiting for spaces to appear. How can you make your wait pool as painless as possible for these potential families? After all, some of those in the wait pool will attend your school one day. Here are a few points to keep in mind while sorting your applications this spring.


Must-Reads for Development Directors in 2014

Vol. 12 No. 5

The winter holidays have come and gone, but there’s no reason we can’t continue celebrating the new year with a renewed commitment to personal development! More so than many offices in a private-independent school, the Development Office must maintain a presence in the community and in the other divisions of the school. With that balance in mind, we have collected a few books for your consideration and perusal.


Development Is From Mars, and Admission Is From Venus

Vol. 12 No. 5

Why do people work for private-independent schools? They want to support their school’s mission, of course, which could deal with everything from religion to academic abilities to unique educational experiences, but one thing is certain: We guarantee that no one works at your school merely “for the money.”


Tour Dos and Don'ts

Vol. 12 No. 5

The winter season has definitely arrived and so has tour season! Soon, you will play host to prospective parents and their children. Keep reading to find some dos—and don’ts!—for your visitor programs to guarantee a successful season.


Must-Reads for the Admission Office in 2014

Vol. 12 No. 5

New Year’s Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a resolution to your list! We’ve spoken with admission professionals across the country and our ISM Consultants, and here are books Admission Officers have recommended to their peers.

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