A Brief History
Starting in 1975 with Ideas & Perspectives, an advisory letter for Heads, Trustees, and other key managers, ISM has grown in direct response to the needs of the independent school community. New services have been added over the years to make ISM the only comprehensive management-support firm for private-independent schools in the United States and abroad. Administrators in schools of all types and sizes turn to ISM for advice and assistance on an array of management challenges, including risk management, student recruitment and retention, advancement, development, admission, marketing, strategic and long-range planning, Board/Head relations, personnel, plant expansion, retreats, mergers, scheduling, faculty culture, 21st century schools, leadership training, and creative Insurance solutions.
ISM is dedicated to the advancement of school management. We provide creative strategies by combining extensive research, proven management techniques, and personalized service.
Our Core Purpose
Advancing school leadership—enriching the student experience.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement
We believe in the power of education, empathy, and respect.
Private education must exist for public good. At ISM, we deeply believe in upholding dignity, operating with equity, leading with compassion, acting with integrity, and standing for justice for all human beings. We strive to create an intentionally inclusive culture that actively integrates diverse voices and lifts up each employee’s true, authentic self. We believe in educational transformation through our commitment to listening, learning, engaging, and growing to better serve our employees, schools, and students.
Our Core Values
ISM conducts business in a truthful and honorable manner, promoting trust, respect, and equality among team members and clients.
Focus at ISM is the tenacious engagement of team members in achieving our corporate goals.
ISM provides services and customer service that exceed expectations.
Creativity is the process of imagination, research, building, testing, and producing products and services—leading to solutions.
Understanding the concept of teamwork is basic to the role of ISM and its employees. As team members we understand, respect, and value the role of each team member, working together to support one another toward the achievement of our mission and internal goals. By being a complete resource, the team works for the school, through the appropriate administrator, with the Board, to support the achievement of the school's mission.
Clients are not interrupting our work; they are the purpose of our work. Further, we support one another as we address clients' needs.
Take an in-depth look at a particular subject through ISM's publications. You'll find ISM research, theory, and practices carefully outlined to support you in implementing recommended strategies within your school.
Hiring, Nurturing, and Evaluating the Private School Head: How to Solidify the Board-Head Partnership
Boards can—and should—have excellent relationships with their Heads, and this book can help you solidify those relationships.
For Gold Members
$31.95 General Price
Better Boards, Better Schools
Serving as a Trustee is a privilege that carries a substantial responsibility. Learn how to lead your school with a mission-driven, student-centered approach based on 45 years of ISM research and experience working with private school Boards.
Better Boards, Better Schools is your guide to ensuring your actions as a Trustee help fulfill your school’s mission. Empower the strategic functions of your Board so your school thrives today and in the years to come.
The ISM Guide for Private School Trusteeship and Strategic Governance
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A COVID-19 Update: ISM Books
Due to COVID-19 and circumstances beyond our control, book shipments will be delayed from our home office. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience during this time.
For more information, please visit our COVID-19 resources page.
For Gold Members
$31.95 General Price