Our Plan

One membership.
One community.​

Let’s face it. We’ve all needed one another this past year. Boarding school staff, faculty, and leaders 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 from 2020 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. A more detailed roadmap is in the works, and we’ll be sharing more details about that soon.

For now, please peruse some of the key themes guiding our future priorities—and the concrete improvements to membership we’re instituting for 2021–22. Please let us know if you have suggestions or ideas!

Summary of our themes and our future direction:


TABS is one community. As NABI sunsets and we emerge from the shadow of a pandemic, the TABS membership should reflect that unity. 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 aim to create 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. Secondary audiences for TABS’s 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. As a first step, TABS is 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 will 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. The Association will move 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.

Added Benefits

More specifically, beginning in 2021-22, the following benefits, for the first time, will be included in membership and in your dues:

  • All-School / All-staff Pass to TABS Virtual Annual Conference. Every employee of your school can attend the Virtual Conference, at no additional cost.
  • One (1) complimentary Pass to TABS In-person Annual Conference (for a for a Dean, Director, or other staff member in a role focused on Residential and Student Life)
  • Introductory virtual training for all staff on Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response​
  • One (1) Complimentary Pass to any of our six virtual Summer Session programs: Now Boarding for new boarding school employees, or one of five Summer Institutes—for Admission; Marketing & Communication; Residential Life; Development; and New Teachers (Benefit for Summer 2021 Only)
  • Full inclusion in TABS worldwide recruitment platform (the successor to TABS Connect and to ReadyForMore.com), at no additional cost.
  • Individualized consultations, by appointment, on a variety of marketing and enrollment topics, including student recruitment strategy, website productivity, lead nurturing, and digital marketing — all complimentary.
  • Biennial Boarding School Brand Benchmark Study (formerly for NABI schools only), revealing the educational values, preferences, considerations, and plans of tuition-capable parents and their children in the U.S. and Canada

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 any of Six Virtual Summer Session Programs [2021 Benefit Only]

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

School Policy Exchange: Thousands of student and faculty policies from TABS member schools in a searchable database

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 BoardingSchools.com, with 24/7/365 Editing Privleges

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 corporate discounts, some exclusive to TABS members

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

NEW! Comprehensive Dues Structure

The 2021-2022 dues for TABS membership are based on the number of boarding students enrolled in your school on opening day of the 2020-2021 school year.

The fee is $43.50 per boarding student with the minimum dues amount at $3,995 and the maximum at $11,995. 

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