Tips, tricks, and strategies that help small schools attract and retain families!
Today we have a NEW topic—strategies to widen your enrollment funnel this summer. You can be implementing these ideas for outreach now, AND for free or at very little cost. So why not give it a try?
I've recently been working with a few small schools that have seen success through this approach. So let's get started:
The first thing you can do to widen your funnel and get on the radar of new families in your local area is partnering with...
How's planning for fall going? I'm sure there's a lot that you've set up already, but I've prepared a list of even more ways you can prevent burnout & save yourself some trouble this fall!
This includes a lot of batching content, whether it is filming videos, setting up email drip automations, or even optimizing your project management to stay extra organized and productive for the busy year ahead.
Other ways to set up your school for success include...
In our last Small School Leaders meetup, we talked about open houses and our small school professionals shared a ton of great ideas on how they're planning open houses and strategizing for admissions this year.
Some schools are keeping their open houses virtual, as they saw high attendance from their virtual events last fall to accommodate parents' busy schedules.
Other schools are offering a combination of smaller in-person tours and virtual open houses.
It's summer! It's also your golden opportunity to work on your admissions, specifically—FAQs.
Frequently asked questions are so important! By having them laid on your website, in videos, or even on social media, you're prepared to overcome any objections parents have. What I'm talking about are the questions parents ask during admissions tours and in interviews.
You should be writing down all these questions because they're marketing gold. You're seeing...
Did you have an influx in enrollment last year? Are you wondering how you are going to keep all these new families?
If so, this is the video for you! Even if you didn't see an increase in enrollment, these strategies will still help with your retention efforts.
Currently, an important conversation that is. happening on both an administrative and board level is how schools are allocating the funds to best support new and returning students.
Don't let your communications fall short as you head into the new school year, because this is the ideal time to be communicating with new & returning families.
Right now this is especially important because families are looking for those beloved traditions, community, and that traditional independent school experience.
So today I have 4 effective types of communication you can be using NOW to set yourself up for success this fall:
1. The "vision"...
Today we're talking about the importance of summer camp and why it needs to be a part of your enrollment funnel if it's not already. Here are two major reasons to be including those families in your that long-term funnel:
1. Your summer camp program aligns with your mission and your education, so you're attracting families who are more likely to be mission-aligned with your school as well.
2. Summer camp families are engaged on your campus...
Today I'm sharing some admissions & retention strategies to keep families at your school! These came from our most recent Small School Leaders meetup, where we heard some inspiring tips that you can use at your school.
1. Shift the mindset. This means showcasing from the beginning the student enters your school that this is a long-term investment rather than year to year. This can be done by highlighting the graduation year, i.e. "Welcome to the Class of...
Today, I have some great retention tips for you to start on NOW and into the summer. By implementing these now, you will set your school up for success in the fall. This is especially important for all of the new families who haven't yet seen what a "normal" school year looks like at your school.
So, the most important tip is to start the onboarding process for new families, and even a re-entry process for returning families. This means communicating regularly,...
Today I'm joined by two of my favorite small school leaders, Kira Dickson & Christine Hickey from St.Martin's-in-the-Field Episcopal School. Kira is the Director of Admissions & Athletics and Christine is the Director of Development & Marketing.
They were kind enough to share their process in putting on some amazing virtual events at their school, as well as their strategies and insights moving forward into the 2021-22 school year.