Catholic Schools “Week”

Catholic Schools “Week”

Catholic schools across the country are making final preparations for their celebrations of Catholic Schools Week. When it comes to marketing, Catholic Schools Week is seen as a “pinnacle” event, with open houses, community activities, “Thank You” lunches, “Good Neighbor” breakfasts, Grandparent days and pulpit talks at Mass extolling the virtues of the Catholic school’s ability to […]

May the “Fours” Be With You

May the “Fours” Be With You

For Catholic school administrators who subscribe to this site, you are incredibly busy this week, since next week is Catholic Schools Week. It’s a phrase that I believe is, sadly, not an effective one.  I rejoiced when NCEA (the National Catholic Education Association) moved to the mindset that would “Celebrate Catholic Schools,” but the media […]

January: Charge Tuition Over Nine Months

January: Charge Tuition Over Nine Months

Almost every school I visit offers parents a standard monthly tuition payment plan that spans 10 months.  When I ask why that’s so, these are the usual answers: “That’s the way we’ve always done it.” “Parents like it.” “That’s how long our students are in school.  They start in August, and the last payment is […]

Strategic Budgeting

Strategic Budgeting

It’s the middle of January, and you’re frantically preparing for Catholic Schools Week, the pinnacle marketing effort of Catholic schools across the country, or perhaps for Christian Schools Month next month.  But there are other forces at work – in the business office. The budget year has a process right in the middle of it […]

Registration vs. Application

Registration vs. Application

The next few weeks of articles will touch on one aspect of advancement per week, and not come back to that aspect until all other aspects have been covered. Last week, we took a look at asset management relative to budget creation. This week, a look at enrollment. To follow the pattern, next week’s entry will […]

Re-energize Your School for 2019

Re-energize Your School for 2019

As we begin 2019, we know it will be a year of change.  Five years ago, in 2014, new IRS rules kicked in on January 1st which were related to the Affordable Healthcare Act.  While the most recent and most sweeping changes to our nation’s tax code were approved last year, we won’t know their true […]