• Research, Theory, and Analysis

    For years now, this phrase has been the tagline for Ideas & Perspectives, our flagship publication. The phrase not only reflects the content of our advisory letter, but it resides at the core of Independent School Management’s raison d'être—supporting private-independent school leaders.

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Annual ISM Parent Re-enrollment Survey 2011: ISM Research Brief: The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

Released June 2011. In January 2011, ISM issued an invitation to School Heads to ask their current families to participate in a brief online research survey. One of the purposes of this survey was to gather data on factors impacting private school families’ re-enrollment decision, and whether or not they planned to re-enroll. We asked 5,135 schools in the United States to participate, of which 238 schools were members of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS). This report focuses on data derived from boarding schools in the U.S.

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Annual ISM Parent Re-enrollment Survey 2011: ISM Research Brief: Canada

Released June 2011. In January 2011, ISM issued an invitation to School Heads to ask their current families to participate in a brief online research survey. One of the purposes of this survey was to gather data on factors impacting private school families’ re-enrollment decision, and whether or not they planned to re-enroll. Although the focus of the study involved U.S. private schools, 112 Canadian school were also invited to participate. This report focuses on data derived from those Canadian schools.

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Expenditures on Children by Families, 2010

Released May 2011. Since 1960, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided estimates of expenditures on children from birth through age 17. This technical report presents the most recent estimates for husband-wife and single-parent families using data from the 2005-06 Consumer Expenditure Survey, updated to 2010 dollars using the Consumer Price Index. Data and methods used in calculating annual child-rearing expenses are described. Estimates are provided for major components of the budget by age of child, family income, and region of residence. For the overall United States, annual child-rearing expense estimates ranged between $11,880 and $13,830 for a child in a two-child, married-couple family in the middle-income group. Adjustment factors for number of children in the household are also provided.

Volunteering in America 2010

Volunteering in America 2010: National, State and City Information

This is a comprehensive source of volunteering information. Volunteers are defined as adults ages 16 years and older who performed unpaid volunteer activities for or through an organization. Volunteering is just one of the ways Americans come together to address the challenges facing their communities, and while the data do not reflect all types of contributions made by community members, it does reflect a vital component of community engagement. Citation: Corporation for National and Community Service, Office of Research and Policy Development. Volunteering in America 2010: National, State, and City Information, Washington, DC. 2010, June.

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Fundraising Basics for Private School Facilities

Released 2009. This report from the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities provides some basic advice concerning fund raising for new or renovated facilities at private schools. Major topics include "Setting up a Comprehensive Development Program," "Planning a Capital Campaign," and "Conducting a Capital Campaign."

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The ISM 37-School Parent Survey: Convenience Factors at Private-Independent Schools

In ISM's 2007-08 37-school survey, parents were asked to rank a list of "convenience factors" that affected their decision to enroll or remain at a school. Depending upon the children's ages and the family circumstances, many parents may have to budget for extended care, transportation, food, a summer program, and other expenses for their children throughout the year. If these services are not provided at your school, your applicant pool may be automatically diminished and your attrition level may increase.

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