- Community demographic evaluation
- Enrollment projections and analysis
- Assessment of current marketing and recruiting activities
- Development of additional strategies
- Survey of marketplace and competitors
- Implementation assistance
A generation ago, religious-based schools only had to open their doors in September to achieve full enrollment. Today is much different. Tuition is higher, and can be unaffordable for many families. Competition is stiffer from the public sector; in the form of new facilities, new technology, teacher compensation and training, emphasis on character development. Leading a private religious school today requires talents and experiences many school administrators recognize they need.
Meitler has achieved measurable success helping schools increase and maintain their enrollment. A well conceived plan with sources for funding and other resources is key. Training for recruitment directors and staff is another key. We can help you reach your enrollment goals with proven recruitment and retention strategies, effective marketing practices. We will bring market research, reliable demographics and dependable analysis of sources for future enrollment and projections for enrollment.
School Structure Success : Notre Dame Academy
While the elementary school enrollment has been stable, the high school had declined by over 17% between 2005-06 and 2009-10. The two schools were isolated institutions, rarely interacting with each other. The campus is crowded and parking is a significant issue, particularly with the surrounding residential area. After the new President was appointed in 2008, she contacted Meitler to assist her in answering some specific and fundamental questions: Should the Sisters maintain both schools? If not, which one? If both, is the current campus adequate for the future or should a new campus be developed? Is the current governance structure appropriate? How can the two schools work together?
St. John Vianney High School – Enrollment Management
St. John Vianney High School is a Catholic college preparatory high school serving approximately 600 boys from the greater St. Louis community.
Between 2003-04 and 2007-08 the school’s enrollment had declined by 22%. Other Catholic high schools in the St. Louis area, however, had maintained their enrollments or grown during this same period. Troubled by this unanticipated trend, the school contacted Meitler in 2007 to assist the school to position itself for the future.