• 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.


Full Steam Ahead: Part 2: Cutting Edge Research and Opinion for Excellent Independent Schools

As a follow-up to ISM’s “Full Steam Ahead” report, we partnered with Measuring Success to conduct a price elasticity study with 140 private schools across the United States to determine if there truly is a “tipping point” when setting tuition. The following report provides the results of that study, with the key finding that there is no mathematical relationship between tuition change and enrollment.


Managing Asthma in the School Environment: Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools

Released August 2010. An average of one out of every 10 school-age children now has asthma, and the percentage of children with asthma is rising more rapidly in preschool-age children than in any other age group. Asthma is a leading cause of school absenteeism due to a chronic condition, accounting for nearly 13 million missed school days per year. This report details how to (1) establish and continuously evaluate an indoor air quality (IAQ) management plan in your school, (2) develop an asthma management plan, and (3) reduce environmental asthma triggers.

Fundraising Basics Private Facilities

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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Cost-Effective, Sustainable Building Solutions

Sustainability is no longer a trend; it is an integral part of conversations about school design and management. The easiest way for a school to make an impact is to find ways to make its buildings and campus more energy efficient, using building materials that can be recycled. Although many schools want to make the commitment, they often resort to more conventional ideas rather than taking the perceived risks associated with going green. Here are the four most common myths, followed by the refutations.

Security Checklist

Campus Safety Security Checklist

Released June 2007. Periodic safety checks should be a part of the overall risk management/crisis planning protocol at your school. This Security Checklist covers exterior items (doors, windows, means of entry, etc.), interior areas (classrooms and offices), and special use areas and items. Your Safety Team members should also be encouraged to add to the list and make notes about anything that concerns them. The completed checklists are turned in to the Facilities Manager, who reviews the items and areas that need attention and creates an action plan to address them.


IPM Standards for Schools Tactics and Resources for Reducing Pest and Pesticide Risks in Schools and Other Sensitive Environments

Released July 2004. The IPM Institute of North America, Inc. is a nonprofit membership organization formed in 1998. The Institute’s mission is to accelerate adoption of Integrated Pest Management in agriculture and communities through consumer education and development of IPM standards for self-evaluation and IPM certification. Citation: IPM Standards for Schools, copyright 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 by the IPM Institute of North America, Inc. Thomas A. Green, Ph.D., Editor.

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