Charter Schools

Charter Schools

Looking to expand as a new school or selecting a new location?
Wanting to increase enrollment?
Coming up for regional education commission accreditation or charter renewal?

For exploring potential site locations, we use surveys with an unusual geo-targeting component and multi-media answer capability. For instance, for charter school management organizations looking at opening in locations in which they are unfamiliar, we get on-the-ground commentary from parents and other community members in the target area to understand their current needs.

Creating custom market research solutions to understand everything from your students’ social emotional health to parent engagement to employee satisfaction is beneficial to ensuring your school’s success. Expert, customized research benefits schools in a myriad of ways, from attracting quality teachers to boosting retention and enrollment. We also do alumni pulse surveys to measure feedback about how the school impacted their lives to serve as testimonials. Examples of services include:

  • Surveys targeted to within 5 miles of the proposed location
  • Focus groups (in-person or online)
  • In-depth interviews (phone, in-person, or online)


We have been impressed with the community survey data (and turnaround time) compiled from Fordis Consulting. They have operated with exceptional professionalism and flexibility in providing us with the insights we need for the communities and sub-communities we attempt to serve. The data we receive is clear and comprehensive. We have used this service numerous times for multiple geographic areas and will continue into the future for new areas of the country with student populations we are interested in serving.


Justin Baiardo
Founder, Executive Director, Explore Academy

As a veteran charter school founder, I rely on my experience and instincts, however, everyone feels better by having Lara as a credible, objective professional who can give us concrete data and analysis to guide our school’s changing needs, from website usability to employee attraction and engagement efforts. Instead of a cookie-cutter approach to research, Lara can help customize student and parent surveys that reflect the unique character of our schools, which makes the information useful, insightful and something we can act on with confidence.


Amber Raskin
Founder and CEO of the Maker Learning Network (formerly iLEAD Schools Development)

I have worked with Lara since 2011, before APEX was even a charter school. At that time, she helped us do a survey to help us document the unique needs of our underserved public school students. That report became a foundation for telling our story and supported our case time and time again as we became a charter. When we need a professional to achieve our research objectives, Lara is an invaluable partner.


Alphonso Paz
APEX Academy Co-Director

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