The pandemic not only exacerbated some long-term trends that were affecting independent schools, but also created new ones. Falling birthrates, changes in enrollment by grade levels, worker/teacher shortages, and head turnover are some of the challenges that our industry faces. In addition, the first half of 2022 characterized by economic signs of strengths mixed with recessionary concerns also brought uncertainty to the current school year. The presence of high inflation can affect family educational choices and schools’ ability to attract and retain staff. To better support the work done by the head and ensure the long-term viability of their schools, board members need to stay abreast of the changing landscape and understand how these trends may be affecting their schools.
Presented by Amada Torres, Vice President, Studies, Insights, and Research, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
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