But what will make them stay?
Attracting and retaining students is really about attracting Montessori families. Enrollment success is very much dependent on attracting families that match your Montessori school’s values, philosophy, and commitment to quality education for children. Here are some tips on how you can help your Montessori community flourish.
Montessori Leadership Guide: Building a Montessori CommunityIt begins with a clearly-defined identity, mission and guiding principles. As important members of your communities, Montessori schools benefit from a strong communications strategy that provides a lens into the immediate and long-term value and impact of your presence in and contribution to that community. Montessori schools have the opportunity to provide the foundation for lifelong learning in every child that passes through your doors. This goal cannot be met without the involvement and engagement of each family. In other words, Montessori schools play an integral role in building Montessori communities in order to thrive.
In upcoming articles for 2010 centered on Montessori leadership, we will explore a number of specific initiatives to develop a sound approach toward nurturing a community of families and faculty that are committed to investing in Montessori as an education for life.
Some areas that we will look at:
- Mission and Guiding Principles: Your School Compass
- Defining Your Path: Authenticity and Integrity
- Marketing and Communications: Building Awareness and Understanding
- Parent Education, Communication and Involvement
- School Facilities: Ongoing Maintenance and Improvement
- Faculty Support and Development
- Student Assessment and Record Keeping
- Mentorship At Any Age
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Friday, February 12, 2010.