Microschools vs. Pods and how to choose which is best for your students

Ashley BellomyLearning Management, School Management

With the education landscape undeniably changed this year, many parents and families are looking for innovative solutions for their children’s education. This has led to two small-school concepts growing in popularity: microschools and pods. Not sure what the differences are? Here’s the breakdown: Microschools These are typically single classroom schools, made up of fewer than 15 students of varying ages … Read More

What different types of schools are there?

Ashley BellomySchool Management

Whether you’re starting a school now or thinking about something down the road, you’ve probably seen lots of different types of schools mentioned. Depending on the relationship with the public school system, the type of administration and the affiliations, schools can take many forms. Here is a guide to a few of the different classifications of schools and what makes … Read More

5 ways to increase student retention

Ashley BellomySchool Management

As a private school, getting and retaining students is an important part of keeping the school running and students learning. Without students and families, you don’t have much of a school! If you’re having trouble keeping students from year to year or just want to try to improve your retention rates, these five tips can help.

4 steps to get your school running online

Ashley BellomySchool Management

With uncertainty about next school year looming, we wanted to provide a resource to help school leaders ensure they are prepared to deliver course materials remotely and still maintain the sense of community their schools have. Here are some tips to help get your school up and running with an online presence:  

How will you plan your school’s yearly schedule?

Ashley BellomySchool Management

If you’re thinking about how your school year will be structured at your new school, there’s a chance you’ve been thinking about how to set up semesters or other terms to best meet the needs of your students. Scheduling is one of the most challenging logistics your school will encounter as far as operations go, so spending some time thinking … Read More

10 steps to starting your private school

Ashley BellomySchool Management

Whether you’re just beginning to daydream about starting your own private school or you’re ready to take the plunge, there are a lot of considerations for you to make. Want to be sure you’re not missing any important steps? With these 10 steps, you can be on your path to owning and running the school of your dreams. Need more … Read More

Uniform or no uniform: that is the question!

Ashley BellomySchool Management


A NCES survey showed that more than half of all private schools in the US require uniforms as part of their dress code. There’s no official rule that says private schools have to adhere to a uniform dress code, but often administrators at private schools choose to do so. So, what’s your plan for students: uniforms or no uniforms? Here … Read More

4 tips to help with teacher recruitment

Gary FalconSchool Management

As we end this year and start thinking about next year, it is time for those of you planning to open your new schools next year to start recruiting and hiring teachers. In many schools, this is the time where final evaluations are taking place and contract extensions for next year and being offered. In order to find well-qualified teachers … Read More

Pros and cons of ability-level grouping instead of grade levels

Gary FalconSchool Management

You’ve thought about your curriculum and you know what kind of school you want to be. Things are coming together with your new school planning, but there are always new things to consider. One option you have as a private school is getting to decide how students will be grouped – by age groups, as is traditional in schools, or … Read More

Social-Emotional Learning basics for your school

Gary FalconSchool Management, Teacher Resources

The idea that social and emotional learning is a crucial part of education isn’t a new one. SEL has been an integral part of curriculum in lower elementary grades for decades, but typically loses classtime in favor of academic instruction as students get older. Looking for a primer on what SEL is? Look no further. SEL consists of five main … Read More