Benefits of Membership

One membership.
One community.​

Bennies at-a-Glance


Professional Learning

Robust Programs and Welcoming Spaces to Elevate You, Your Team and Your School


All-School/All-Staff Pass to
TABS Virtual Annual Conference

One Pass to TABS In-Person Annual Conference for a Staff Member in a Role Focused on Residential or Student Life

One Pass to New Heads Symposium at Annual Conference (for new Heads of School only)

Introductory Virtual Training for all Staff on Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response

Year-round Member Rates to In-person Workshops, Seminars, and Symposia

Resource Aggregation on Best Practices

Webinars from Subject Matter Experts including Recordings & Materials Archive

Online Forums and Discussion Groups defined by Administrative Role

Enrollment Assistance

Tools and Guidance to Help You Connect with Prospective Families across the Globe


Your School Profile on and TABSconnectED, with 24/7/365 Editing Privileges

Full Inclusion in TABS Worldwide Recruitment Platform​

Member Pricing for International and Domestic In-Person Recruitment Events​

Rotating Opportunity to Participate in Head of School
Family Webinar Series

Individualized Consultations on Student Recruitment Strategy, Digital Marketing, and Other Topics

Digital Brand-Building and Consumer-Marketing on Behalf of the Boarding School Category

Research & Resources

Fresh Insights to Help
Bolster Your Leadership


Biennial Brand Benchmark Study

Annual Data Collection Analysis of Enrollment Trends

Frequent Flash Surveys with Published Results

Periodic TABS Reports: Research on the Pressing Topics of the Day

Career Center: Post a Job or Search a Job. Basic Listings are Complimentary

Pathways Forward: The Boarding School Newsletter with Alerts, Insights and Resources

Advocacy regarding regulatory or legal threats to the sector

KeepingTABS Blog

Targeted discounts, some exclusive to TABS members

Eligibility to Enroll in TABS Insurance TuitionNet Program (currently available to U.S. schools)

Comprehensive Dues Structure

The 2022-2023 dues for TABS membership are based on the number of boarding students enrolled in your school on opening day of the 2021-2022 school year.

The fee is $45.24 per boarding student with the minimum dues amount at $4,155 and the maximum at $12,475. 

Dues for schools located outside the United States are paid in US dollars.

Our Direction

Let’s face it. We’ve all needed one another these past couple years. Boarding school staff, faculty, and leaders have shared their fears, challenges, and small victories; offered generous advice to one another; and created spaces for important, pressing, sometimes difficult, but always fruitful exchanges. We’re grateful to have been your partners on the journey. Like so many of your schools, TABS has emerged a different organization. We’ve paired the lessons of the pandemic with those we gleaned from extensive member research to shape a new vision for serving schools. Please peruse some of the key themes guiding our priorities—and let us know if you have suggestions or idea.


TABS is one community. The Association is returning to a unified membership with one set of benefits and one dues structure. 


TABS must have an expansive view but a clear purpose. We are creating exceptional value for boarding schools and their leaders through best-in-class Professional Learning, Enrollment & Recruitment Assistance, and actionable Research & Insights.


TABS programs must deliver unambiguous value to the Association’s core audiences, with rich offerings for Heads and Assistant Heads of School, Residential & Student Life Leaders and Practitioners, and Admission and Marketing Professionals. Audiences for TABS next chapter include DEI Directors, Advancement Professionals, Institutional Researchers, and Trustees. 


Speed matters. When the issues are urgent, TABS must be nimble in our response. We’ll sustain a robust schedule of timely and topical virtual learning, and conduct relevant flash surveys to collect and disseminate key information rapidly.


The Association finds its roots in shared principles. TABS should reflect and demonstrate support for Justice, Inclusivity, and Belonging. TABS will be initiating an audit of our organization and our strategic initiatives to embed these principles more deeply throughout our work.


Throughout the past year, boarding schools cooperated with unprecedented openness. TABS is continuing to expand the opportunities for members to connect with and learn from one another, standing up online community spaces and regular discussion forums. We’ll also continue to convene the membership, in-person and virtually, around key educational and strategic questions, sourcing subject matter experts when it’s beneficial.


There is an ongoing need for schools to define and promote the advantages of an immersive, residential education, one that prepares young people exceptionally well for life. TABS will help its members make the case for boarding school. We’ve moved to a worldwide student recruitment approach, with programming, platforms, tools, guidance, and data-driven insights to support schools’ recruitment and enrollment work, at home and abroad.


The residential and student life functions in schools should be elevated. TABS will be at the center of that effort. The Association plans to introduce a new learning credential for professionals in the space.