For the last 11 years I served in various capacities at a Christian school in suburban Philadelphia. But on July 1, 2018, I officially became head of school at Redeemer Classical School, a Pre-K through eighth grade Christian classical school located just outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. This is my first time serving as a head of school and the first five months on the job have been a beautiful, adventurous, hectic whirlwind. And I have loved every minute of it! What follows is a brief reflection on some of the things that I have found helpful and some of the lessons that I’ve learned as a new head of school in a new school setting.
Across the United States, many Christian schools are finding it hard to make ends meet and leaders are becoming discouraged. Let me restore your hope by exploring three biblical principles to take your school from survival to a place of financial viability.
It’s clear that our market is changing and that our community’s reliance on tuition is becoming even more pronounced. It’s also clear that by using every lever available to you from the Enrollment Management Spectrum (below) to integrate your strategies, your school has a strong opportunity to prevail over these new challenges and win new customers by meeting their emerging needs.