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  • Sage Hill School Selects ISA
    Sage Hill School in Newport Coast, California has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for research and consulting services.  Sage Hill School offers a bright, motivated, and diverse student body a unique journey of discovery. An academically challenging, college preparatory curriculum is enriched by ample opportunities for part...
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  • Father Ryan High School (TN) Selects ISA
    Father Ryan High School in Nashville, Tennessee has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates to complete strategic planning.  Our work will commence in the fall and continue throughout the academic year, completing the plan in the spring of 2018.Father Ryan is a Catholic, co-ed high school located in the quiet residential Oak Hill n...
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  • Position Opportunity #x3E; Saint Andrew's Episcopal School (CA)
    Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School in Saratoga, California seeks a highly motivated professional to serve as the school's Director of Enrollment Management. The Director will provide the school’s broad strategic leadership of enrollment planning, and will serve as the point of integration for recruitment, admissions, financial ai...
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  • Portland Tennis & Education Becomes Next #JustCause Focus
     Above > Portland Tennis & Education hosted an event on Friday night celebrating Latino and Hispanic access to the program.  Participants enjoyed dinner, games, tennis instruction, and a stronger understanding of the program.Our collective #JustCause campaign will begin working more closely with Portland Tennis & Education this summer and throughout the school year.  Portland Tennis & Education (P...
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  • What We Can Learn from Disruption (Video)
    What can AirBNB and Uber teach us about disruption in an industry?  And, how can we apply some of that same thinking to the private school sector?  In our new ISA Cast series, Ian discusses the impact of disruption on an industry and what commonalities AirBNB and Uber capitalized upon to grow their sector.  You might be surprised at some of the parallels with our industry. 
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  • Where Did the Students Go?
    If our client base is a reasonable indicator, and we think it is, independent schools universally are experiencing a softening of demand.  There are no schools in which we have worked in the past five years that have been immune to declining demand in some area of their enrollment funnel.In many cases, it is a decline in inqu...
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  • Preparing for the Storm
    Over the past several years, it seems that the independent school and private education sector has been preoccupied with how to innovate in the area of teaching and learning. No doubt the countless technological advances have surely accelerated this discussion. It seems that there are literally hundreds of conference sessions...
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  • ISA to Launch Video Blog
    We are excited to announce that we will be launching a video blog series this summer.  Our content will focus on major shifts, inflection points, and challenges posed to our independent education sector.  We will launch the series this week on this site and our Vimeo page. Watch for updates here and a new section on our site d...
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  • Saint Andrew's Episcopal School Selects ISA
    Saint Andrew's Episcopal School in Saratoga, California has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates to provide strategic consulting and research guidance.  We will be kicking off our work this month.  We are excited to welcome Saint Andrew's to our client community.Located in Saratoga, Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private e...
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  • Softening Demand a Universal Reality Among Independent Schools
    If our client base is a reasonable indicator, and we think it is, independent schools universally are experiencing a softening of demand.  There are no schools in which we have worked in the past five years that have been immune to declining demand in some area of their enrollment funnel.In many cases, it is a decline in inqui...
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  • Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley Selects ISA
    We are excited to announce that Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for consulting and strategy services.  Our work will be focused during the summer months.  Before Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley was founded, there were no bilingual schools in the East Bay. Five families, along with EB’s first princi...
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  • Hot Fun in the Summertime?
    Just under thirty years ago when I was getting started in this industry, the pending summer promised to provide an ample opportunity for analysis and reflection. It was during the summer that we would close our recruitment efforts, analyze our efforts, and plan for the coming year. We always seem to have several planning retr...
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  • Crossroads School Selects ISA
    Crossroads School in Los Angeles has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for strategic planning during the 2017-18 academic year.  A national and international leader in progressive education, Crossroads has been a long time client parter with ISA, as we have completed strategic enrollment management projects for the school ove...
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  • Position Opportunity #x3E; Academy of the Sacred Heart (New Orleans)
    The Academy of The Sacred Heart – New Orleans seeks a highly motivated professional to serve as the school's Director of Enrollment Management. The Director will provide the school’s broad strategic leadership of enrollment planning, and will serve as the point of integration for recruitment, admissions, financial aid, informa...
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  • Using Vision as a Foundation for Messaging
    I am sure many of our readers have seen the famous "Start with Why" TED Talks video featuring thought leader Simon Sinek.  In the video, he outlines his "Golden Circle" concept which features the simple notion that most organizations focus on "what they do" rather than "why they do it".  It is a simple but powerful concept.  I...
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  • Salem Academy Selects ISA
    Salem Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for research and planning services.  Our work will commence immediately and continue into the spring and early summer. Since 1772, Salem Academy in Winston-Salem, North Car...
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  • Sacramento Country Day School Selects ISA
    Sacramento Country Day School in Sacramento, California, has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for strategic planning services in the fall 2017.  For over 50 years, Sacramento Country Day has served as the leading elementary and secondary school for students in the city of Sacramento and throughout the greater metropolitan re...
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  • Placing the Current Political Environment Into Context for Schools and Colleges
    When you travel and visit a lot of good schools and colleges, you learn a lot.  Over the past three months, I have learned that leaders are frustrated.  Heads of private schools and college presidents have shared their frustration with me over how to manage on campus the natural political tensions and divides facing our nation...
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  • The Future of Education
    We have recently been writing a series on who owns strategic planning for independent schools and colleges,   The role of the board of trustees in strategic planning and thinking has been central in that discussion.  To compliment this series, we are publishing a f...
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  • The Lamplighter School Selects ISA
    The Lamplighter School in Dallas, Texas has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for strategic planning services.  Our work will begin this spring and continue through the academic year 2017-18.  We are excited to welcome a new Dallas client to our ISA community, continuing our work with a few independent schools in the DFW Metr...
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  • Cascades Academy Selects ISA
    Cascades Academy in Bend, Oregon has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for strategic planning during the 2017-18 academic year.  Our work will commence in the late spring as we begin our data collection process.  We welcome Cascades Academy to the ISA client community.Cascades Academy is an engaged, vibrant community that wea...
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  • A Collision of Two Passions
    Two of my great loves came together this past week when I had the opportunity to be a guest at Portland Tennis & Education in North Portland.  Tennis has been a life-long passion of mine.  And, through our work with the JustCause campaign, we believe education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world and solv...
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  • New Series on Strategy & Planning: When the Administrative Team Owns Planning
    As we outlined in the start of our new series, among the most frequent questions I get asked from current and prospective clients is "who actually owns strategic planning?"  In other words, it is under the ownership of the board of trustees as a governance process?  Or, is the ownership of the head of school or college preside...
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  • Edison High School Selects ISA
    Edison High School of Portland, Oregon has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates to complete strategic planning during the summer and fall 2017.  Our work will begin with some preplanning this spring.  Edison High School empowers students with learning differences to experience academic success and personal growth, while preparin...
  • The Waterford School Selects ISA
    The Waterford School in Utah has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates to conduct strategic planning for the 2017-18 school year.  Our work will commence with research in late spring.  Founded in 1981 by the non-profit Waterford Institute, the Waterford School was established as a research school to join the great lessons of a cl...
  • Greenfield School Selects ISA
    Greenfield School of Wilson, North Carolina has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for strategic planning services.  Greenfield School is an independent, nonsectarian, co-educational college preparatory school in Wilson, North Carolina, founded in 1969. The school is fully accredited by AdvancEd and maintains a preschool throu...
  • The Avery Coonley School Selects ISA
    The Avery Coonley School (ACS) has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates to conduct strategic planning during the 2017-18 academic year.  ACS will join the ISA client family with several other recent Chicagoland area ISA clients, including Francis Parker School, Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Lake Forest Academy, and Baker Demonstration School, among others. Our work will commence in late spring...
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  • French International Schools In North America Select ISA
    The French International Schools in North America have selected Ian Symmonds & Associates to lead their strategic planning effort during the spring and early summer 2017.  We will begin our work immediately and should culminate our plan in late spring and summer, with the hope of launching the plan for the new school year. ...
  • Position Opportunity: Senior Strategy Consultant
    Ian Symmonds & Associates (ISA) seeks an ambitious and highly skilled senior practitioner in the independent and/or higher education sectors to grow with our research and strategy consulting firm.ISA is an innovative research and strategy firm for independent schools, colleges, universities, and non-profits.  Led by the innova...
  • Series on Strategy & Planning: When the Board Owns Planning
    As we outlined in the start of our new series, among the most frequent questions I get asked from current and prospective clients is "who actually owns strategic planning?"  In other words, it is under the ownership of the board of trustees as a governance process?  Or, is the ownership of the head of school or college preside...
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  • Ian to Keynote at Sacred Heart Network National Conference
    Ian has been invited to deliver a keynote at the International Network of Sacred Heart Schools in St. Louis, Missouri.  The event will feature heads of schools and trustees from network schools throughout the US, North America, and international members.  The conference runs in late October and Ian will speak on October 27, 20...
  • New Series: Who Owns Strategy & Planning?
    Among the most frequent questions I get asked from current and prospective clients is "who actually owns strategic planning?"  In other words, it is under the ownership of the board of trustees as a governance process?  Or, is the ownership of the head of school or college president, as an act of hired personnel ownership?  Or...
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  • New Hope Christian Academy Selects ISA Again
    New Hope Christian Academy in Memphis, Tennessee has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates to lead a positioning and messaging program.  ISA completed the strategic plan for the school launched two years ago.  Our positioning work and messaging structure work will commence this spring and move through the summer months, working c...
  • Academy of the Sacred Heart Launches Strategic Plan
    Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans has just published and launched their strategic plan.  Ian Symmonds & Associates worked collaboratively with the school over the past 12 to 14 months to complete the comprehensive strategic plan, the first of its kind at Academy of the Sacred Sacred Heart.  You can check out a glimpse of their completed strategic plan on our strategic plan "Work" page.  ...
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  • St. Michael's Episcopal School Selects ISA
    St. Michael's Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates to provide counsel through their strategic planning process this spring.  Established in 1957 by St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, St. Michael’s is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and a member of the ...

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