Big Data

Mountain and Southwest: Strengthening the Lower School Enrollment Pipeline

In 2016, Measuring Success surveyed hundreds of independent schools across the United States and Canada to learn how tuition setting and enrollment outcomes differed regionally and based on underlying demographic factors — and determine what was working and what wasn’t. The results revealed dramatic differences in enrollment trends depending on […]

How Faith-Based Independent Schools Have Fared in the Post Recession Economy

Because faith-based independent schools make up a large component of the North American school landscape and are often mission driven to be accessible to a broad range of families, Measuring Success decided to study how well these schools are faring following the Great Recession of 2008-2009. The analysis drew upon […]

Top Five: How School Leadership Benefits from Simply Asking Parents

By Daniel Chiat, Vice President, Measuring Success Measuring Success has conducted more than 1,500 parent surveys at independent schools in every geographic corner of the United States and Canada. These surveys are specifically designed to assess the strength of the school through the eyes of the parent community. Parents who […]

Does Your School Have a Black Belt in Benchmarking? The Impact can be Transformational!

By Dr. Harry Bloom The world of independent schools is justifiably proud of its commitment to gathering and providing detailed comparative operating and financial benchmarking information to help guide their operations. Fulfilling this commitment takes a great deal of time and effort to ensure accuracy and apples-to-apples comparisons. In much […]

Overcoming Survey Fatigue to Get at the Good Data Your School Needs to Succeed

At Measuring Success, we’ve collected data from more than 1,500 independent schools since 2003. We use general questions that are common among cohorts — so that they can compare themselves to one another — but we also offer schools the ability to customize their surveys. Recently, a school admissions officer […]

The Independent and Jewish Day School Alumni Experience: What the Research Tells Us

By Dr. Harry Bloom, Senior Vice President of Client Solutions, Measuring Success. The alumni of independent schools are a vitally important resource for their alma maters. Their perspectives and testimony are important indicators of their schools’ value. Alumni are potent ambassadors to prospective new families and donors and important potential […]

School Affordability & Sustainability: Chicken or Egg?

By Sacha Litman   The other day, I received a phone call from a board member of a prominent independent school wanting to dis- cuss affordability and the sustainability of the school’s financial model. A foundation supporting independent schools asked the same question of us a few days later. With […]

Reflections from the ISACS Conference: How do we Articulate the Value Added of Independent School Education

By Dr. Ray Levi As a former head of school, I hear myself and others asking: how do we articulate the value added of independent school education? In the changing educational market-place, this question is critical. Often, for prospective families, we define our value added by articulating the numerous distinctive […]