About Us

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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.

Mission Statement

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 schools must serve the 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.


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Privacy Policy

We've developed this privacy policy to explain how your personal information is being collected and used by Independent School Management, Inc., FAST, LLC, and other entities under the ISM umbrella (with the exclusion of ISM Insurance, which is governed by a separate Privacy Policy). Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect, and otherwise handle your information.

ISM Acquires Unbound360

Independent School Management expands its data analytics offerings with the acquisition of Unbound360.   Solidifying ISM's position as a market leader in advising schools on sustainable growth and development, our acquisition of Unbound360 delivers on our promise to advance the work of school...

Student Privacy Pledge

We are committed to supporting your school’s values and mission with integrity and respect. In so doing, it is critical that we build trust by effectively protecting the privacy of student information and communicating with parents about how student information is used and safeguarded. Therefore, we take responsibility to support the effective use of student information and to safeguard student privacy and information security.

Staff Directory

View our list of leadership members, consultants, and product owners.

Join Our Team

As a consulting firm serving the needs of private schools worldwide, we always seek qualified applicants who are mission-focused and student-centered.

Terms of Use

By using the website of Independent School Management, Inc., including any material within it, which includes valuable content, resources, and services that are created, owned or managed by ISM that help serve the independent school market and their constituents, you agree to the following terms.

Membership Agreement

Independent School Management, Inc. is pleased to offer the following levels of membership: Gold, Silver, Complimentary, and Trial. By agreeing to this Membership Agreement and completing enrollment in a Membership as set forth in Section 1 below, You are granted access to tools, services and discounts to certain ISM products, which are delivered to You through access to the isminc.com website, print materials through Ideas & Perspectives, discounts to workshops and webinars, and other services offered to the Client.

Contact Us

Have a question or need to get in touch with a member of the ISM team? Send us an email and we will respond as quickly as possible.