By Ken Wackes March 2017
A number of Christian schools nationwide have introduced a new paradigm for re-enrollment: “continuous enrollment.” Similar to the process used by colleges and universities, the initial enrollment contract remains in effect until graduation or withdrawal.
Most schools have a 85% or higher annual re-enrollment. Why make parents go through the hassle every year? Think of all the staff hours spent on processing paperwork or online re-enrollment processes. Why not continuous enrollment until such time as voluntary or involuntary withdrawal?
Here are four schools to check out:
- Northshore Christian Academy, Everett, WA
- Grace Christian School, Anchorage, AK
- Bethlehem Christian School, Bethlehem, GA
- Eastern Christian School, Midland Park, NJ
Schools using continuous enrollment commonly do the following:
- send a letter to families, usually in January announcing tuition changes for the new year
- distribute high-quality Annual Reports of the previous year or other PR pieces to remind families of the advantages of attending the school
- establish a withdrawal deadline
- charge one semester tuition or some other substantial amount for withdrawals after the deadline
- charge no penalty for moving out of the geographic area or due to catastrophic illness
- have an initial enrollment contract containing a description of the process.