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  1. jlj

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    What does your school do to help grow the school? Expensive advertising is out.

    Things we have done:

    open house
    brochures
    website
    musical programs by the students
    small carnivals with simple games, face painting, etc.
    uniforms with school name and logo
    Tee shirts, jackets, and other items parents can purchase with
    school name

    :thanks: :)
     
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    The biggest fundraiser we used to have was an auction. It took all year to plan and I don't know if it was really worth the man-hours. One part of the evening that brought in the most money was the auction of the children's artwork and decorated furniture.
     
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    We have had cake auctions, silent auctions and children's art work as well as spaghetti dinners, etc. over the years. Fun years, but now so much more elaborate functions seem to be what's needed to draw people, especially for fundraising.

    Actually, I'm looking more for other ways to get the word out about our school, doesn't necessarily have to be a fundraiser. We really need to increase our enrollment.
     
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    The school I taught at for 10 years finally closed its doors because of low enrollment. It couldn't compete with magnet and charter schools. In my area, the ritzy schools with strong athletic programs are the private schools that have endured.
     
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    Been open over 50 years! :) Not a ritzy by any means. One with lower tuition in area. Economy has been a major factor, so many have lost jobs over the past couple of years.:(
     
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    Have spirit nights at local restaurants, Newspaper ads, set up social media pages, get involved in the community (host community events), talk with the chamber of commerce about hosting events and stuff on your school grounds, have a car wash
     
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    One thing that we do is that we really push to get as many donors as possible to help with scholarships and other donations to keep tuition down. The first parents to jump ship and leave the school are usually the ones who are having financial challenges.
     
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    That is good to have children's art work auction but if you want word out for your school then your school should get involved in helping people who are suffering from any natural disaster or any incurable disease.
     
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    What do you mean by grow it? I don't work in a private school...but are you talking about raising money or just raising "awareness" of the school? I'm thinking social media...
     
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    To raise awareness of the school and increase enrollment...
     
  12. AliLand

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    How about some inter school events? I'm guessing your not trying to compete with specialist schools in the area, simply to show parents of state school kids why they should consider you. Those who are looking at exam result league tables are already being reached. I think its the behavior and attitude of your students which should be your selling point. If you have nicer facilities than surrounding schools, organise choir or dance competitions on your property so parents can see happy well rounded kids. Maybe one or two games Saturdays, a mock UN meeting or some sort of debate. Be sure to invite the local newspapers!
     

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