Coming up for WASC Accreditation or Charter Renewal?
Wanting to increase enrollment?
Applying for an important grant?
Looking to expand as a new school or selecting a new location?
Today's political education climate necessitates an adept, strategic approach to telling a school's unique story. Our mission as a educational market research consultancy is to provide Fortune 500-level research to schools that may assume such expertise is out of their reach. Not true. Since 2010, we have helped schools create actionable data to strategically build their narrative.
Authorizers and stakeholders want something broader -- to see how the direct influencers, such as your school's teachers, impact students' lives beyond test taking. Defensible, objective data is especially valuable for schools that cater to challenging, low income or low performing students to reinforce why test scores alone are not meaningful indicators of the school's value to their students' long-term success.
For established schools with higher scrutiny and accountability, you need ways to tell your story and show how your specific learning environment positively influences academic and life outcomes that matter long-term.
Having expert guidance gathering your data and weaving together your story will give you peace-of-mind as they navigate toward achieving your school's goals.. We'll empower you by giving you the tools and data to tell a compelling story and ensure a smoother path to success.
Services we offer include:
We know you're not an expert in data collection and analysis. Because the stakes are high, you need a partner who understands the realities and challenges school leaders face each day.
Bringing in experts to gather and analyze meaningful data will serve your will serve your school well. We have the right strategic plan for you.
We can discuss what is working and not working with your current approach and design optimal ways to achieve your school's goals.
Find out how affordable and easy professional data collection and analysis can be and create a "win" for your school.
*Fordis Consulting is an approved LAUSD vendor.
Looking to expand as a new school or location? 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 areas in which they are unfamiliar, we get on-the-ground self-recorded video answers and commentary with parents 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 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.
"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."
"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."