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Finances and Operations

Schools are feeling squeezed by demographic changes, rising competition, and the costs associated with supporting students, both academically and emotionally. EAB can help you understand the trends and set a strategy for ongoing financial sustainability.


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Independent schools can achieve their enrollment goals by expanding their funnel with a more proactive enrollment strategy. This resource center is designed to take the insights and best practices from our research on enrollment management and translate them into actionable change on your campus.

In order to retain enrollments amid the COVID-19 pandemic, independent schools will need to be clear about what they can provide to students and families outside of face-to-face learning. To address value concerns, independent schools must take extra measures to sustain a sense of community and highlight the unique value of the independent school experience. This resource provides a collection of strategies to use over the summer months and into the coming school year to help schools to engage students and families for purposes of retention.

With growing concerns about economic and demographic changes, price of tuition, and questions of the value of independent school education, financial sustainability is an issue for independent schools. Discover how independent schools can overcome demographic, enrollment, and affordability concerns to become more fiscally stable and sustainable.


Independent school communities are feeling the financial impact of COVID-19. As a result, many schools have started short-term relief funds to help with everything from staff monthly rent obligations to tuition assistance.

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