We Make a Great Team

Enrollment Assistance

We provide marketing and admission support to help you connect with families and nurture their interest in the boarding school option.

From unique web content and powerful search tools at BoardingSchools.com, to TABS connectED Recruitment Platform, to personal consultations, forums and webinars with TABS Boarding School Alliance Partners, we’re here to help you guide students through the marketing funnel, place their “heads in beds,” and keep them there!

2022 RECRUITMENT EVENTS

Join us for one or all of the in-person and virtual events!

FALL RECRUITMENT EVENTS

Dates and locations are subject to change

REGISTER FOR ALL 9 EVENTS
AND RECEIVE A DISCOUNT

$14,400

SAVE 50% ON OUR CHINA VIRTUAL EVENT

when you join us in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, or Tokyo.

Standard Member Pricing


$3,350 per city
$15,075 Asia Package, includes Japan, China, and Vietnam – 10% discount
$9,045 South America Package, includes Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil – 10% discount
$21,708 All Countries Package – 10% discount

Loyalty Pricing
(Schools which participated in TABS 2022 in-person fairs)


$3,015 per city - 10% discount

$13,568 Asia Package, includes Japan, China, and Vietnam - 10% discount

$8,141 South America Package, includes Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil - 10% discount

$19,537 All Countries Package - 10% discount

TOUR LEADER

Michael has over 15 years of experience in international admissions, resulting in visits to over 70 countries.

At TABS, he has lead boarding school recruitment fairs in historical favorites — Japan, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia. Michael has also helped to expand the boarding school market in Kazakhstan, Russia, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and India.

Prior to coming on board with TABS, Michael served as a Regional Director (REAC) for EducationUSA at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. In his role as a REAC, Michael supported EducationUSA Advising Centers across Asia and collaborated with U.S. Higher Education Institutions to develop recruitment strategies throughout the region.

Michael has served in a number of internationally-focused education and admission roles, recruiting students around the globe.  He led recruitment efforts for NYU Abu Dhabi and the Schwarzman Scholars programs in East Asia and the Pacific; was Director of the University of South Pacific’s first international office; and served as Assistant Director of Admissions for Berklee College of Music in Boston. During his time at Berklee College of Music, Michael helped to develop the Africa Scholars program; which provided over US$1 million to outstanding musician in Africa.

In addition to his background in international admissions, Michael has taught university level courses at Eastern Illinois University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and was a guest lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms, Germany.

Family Engagement Specialist

On or before July 31, 2022 ………….. 100%
August 1 – August 15, 2022  ………….. 75%
August 16 – September 1, 2022 ……… 50%
After September 1, 2022 ……….. No Refunds

It’s All About You

individual consultations

Want to know how your website or digital marketing can be more effective? Or maybe you'd like to get the lay of the land of international markets. Perhaps you'd like us to walk you through the latest Boarding School Brand Benchmark study.

We're here at the ready to dig in with you!

The Full Experience

Boardingschools.com

This dynamic website guides interested families through the complete and compelling journey of a boarding school experience. Beginning with the discovery stage, and going through the domestic and international application process,  the interview process, and including “a day in the life,” families are fed with useful, informative, (and fun!) information.

With nearly 5,000 visitors each week , we continually expand and refine the content to better serve our boarding school universe.  

A Few Highlights

A Day in the Life

HEADS OF SCHOOL WEBINARS FOR FAMILIES

In this popular webinar series, a panel of member school Heads shares the boarding school experience with prospective families.

The discussion includes everything from the application process, to life on campus and in the dorm, to academics, extracurriculars, and weekend fun.

Upcoming Webinars

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If you're a head of school and are interested in hosting an upcoming webinar or participating, please be in touch!

ARI BETOF

Dr. Ari Betof is the co-founder and partner of Mission & Data. He is a nationally recognized expert in the area of nonprofit organizational stewardship and sustainability.

Ari’s consulting work draws upon fifteen years of leadership and governance experience building thriving organizations and maximizing mission-aligned revenue growth. His facility with organizational effectiveness, group dynamics, and strategic planning is paired with his proven track record of cultivating high-impact change. Ari brings together skills in strategy, analysis, and organizational transformation with a nuanced understanding of fundraising, enrollment management and branding in support of his clients. He leverages expertise facilitating group process with diverse sets of stakeholders. Ari is an agile, savvy, and emotionally intelligent partner who builds trusting relationships, achieves results, develops others, and creates scalable systems.

Ari has served as an independent school trustee, head of school, administrator, and teacher. He began his career as a physics and mathematics teacher and coach. Ari understands multiple facets of independent school management, having held the administrative roles of Head of School, Chief Advancement Officer, Director of Enrollment Management, and Director of Strategic Planning. His experience includes working at day and boarding schools; schools as small as 170 students and as large as 1,100 students; single campus and multi-campus schools; single and multi-division schools; and religiously affiliated and nonsectarian schools.

Ari has been an instructor in University of Pennsylvania’s PennGSE Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Leadership Master’s Program. He has served as a mentor in Harvard University’s School Leadership Program, faculty member in the NAIS School Leadership Institute, and judge for the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards.

Ari’s governance experience includes serving two terms on the Board of Directors of the Friends Council on Education (FCE) and as a member of FCE’s Development Committee and the National Friends Education Fund Working Group. He has also been a trustee of Newtown Friends School (Newtown, PA) and Cambridge Friends School (Cambridge, MA).

Ari is co-host of “The Impossible Questions Series,” season one of Enrollment Management Association’s “EMA Idea Factory” podcast with Hans Mundahl. He has been a facilitator on more than a dozen webinars during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a panelist for Independent Schools on the Brink, a collaborative webinar co-hosted by 33-member associations across the country for more than 1,900 trustees and senior leaders. Ari was also the author of the blog Org Sustainability — Insight and Advice for Leaders that Change the World.

His clients include independent schools, colleges, membership associations, educational nonprofits, and private sector companies. Ari has recently consulted to firms such as Noodle Partners and Educational Directions, membership organizations like the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), and more than twenty independent schools including Elisabeth-Morrow School (NJ), Austin Walldorf School (TX), Bancroft School (MA), and American-British Academy (Muscat, Oman).

Ari graduated with a B.S. in physics and mathematics from the Guilford College honors program. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on financial and organizational sustainability. His doctoral dissertation, “Leading in the Light: A Study of Financial and Organizational Sustainability of Friends Schools,” was awarded with distinction. Ari graduated with his MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management where he was an Emerging Markets Institute Fellow and recognized as a Poets & Quants 2021 Best & Brightest EMBA. Ari, his wife, and two daughters live in Bucks County, PA.

patricia sasser

Patricia previously served as the Head of the Upper School at the Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Florida. She also worked at the Loomis Chaffee School as a dean of students and was heavily involved in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the school. Prior to Loomis Chaffee, Patricia worked at The Madeira School in several roles, including as a major gifts officer, director of student activities, special assistant to the head of school on diversity, and the assistant dean of students for residential life.

Before transitioning into education, Ms. Sasser worked at ESPN as an associate producer, where she was a two-time Emmy® nominee and a 2006 Emmy® award winner.

Raquel majeski

Raquel Majeski began working at Lawrence Academy in 2017 and is the Assistant Head for Equity and Community Life. She has a BA from Eckerd College in communications and human development and an MA from Nova Southeastern University in reading and special education. Raquel lives in Brazer with her two children, Lauryn and Wade. She loves spending time with the students at LA, participating in book clubs and bible study groups, and attending Dave Matthews Band concerts. Raquel is also the Chair of the diversity task force for the town of Groton.

MARQUIS SCoTT

Marquis Scott joined The Lawrenceville School in 2018 and has made significant contributions in various leadership roles. He has implemented a technology-focused strategic plan to enhance cyber security practices, improve employee portal utilization, and streamline campus-wide technology support. Marquis has also played a pivotal role in advancing the School’s initiatives on diversity, equity, and inclusion, implementing best practices and leading senior staff efforts in this area. Additionally, he has led strategic communication and institutional marketing committees, ensuring consistent communication, website strategy, and brand identity aligned with the School’s mission. Marquis has been instrumental in the marketing and branding of Lawrenceville’s Gruss Center for Art & Design and collaborates with the Lawrenceville community to prioritize and execute strategic projects. 

In addition to his role as the assistant head of school, Marquis has successfully undertaken various acting leadership positions, including chief technology officer, director of communications and external affairs, dean of diversity, inclusion, and community engagement, and director of human resources. Currently, he leads a student-centered Wellness Team, working collaboratively with the medical director, dean of students, and dean of campus well-being to prioritize a holistic approach to student well-being.

Scott holds a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University’s School of Business in Newark, NJ, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Computer Science from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and he is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa, with an anticipated completion date of Winter 23-24. Scott recently completed the National Association of Independent Schools’ Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads. He is an alumnus of the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Hotchkiss Board of Governors.

Courtney Jackson

Courtney is an educator and DEI practitioner who currently lives in Connecticut at The Loomis Chaffee School, where she serves as the Director of Gender and Sexuality, English teacher, and dorm head. Courtney is an alumna of The Peddie School in New Jersey, earned her BA in Philosophy from Lehigh University, where she also was a member of the Women’s Soccer team. She earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College, where she studied gender and sexuality, and a Master in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied diversity, equity, and inclusion more broadly. Courtney enjoys spending time outside with her dog, reading memoirs, running, cycling, and sipping coffee.

WILLIAM GILYARD

Will Gilyard is in his 19th year of working in independent schools. In 2020, he returned to his alma mater Choate Rosemary Hall to take on the roles of Form Dean, and Alumni Engagement Associate. Will joined Choate after nine years at the Kingswood Oxford School (KO), a 6-12 independent day school located in West Hartford, CT, where he served as Dean of Students, an upper school math teacher, assistant football coach, and faculty advisor for the United Students club and Boys of Color group. At Choate, Will is the faculty adviser to Choate Afro Latino Men (CALM), and Girls Who Code (GWC).

Will also serves as a core faculty member and helped create the curriculum for the Institute for New Teachers of Color in Independent Schools, created in 2020, the Interschool Leadership Institute, created in 2013. Will also served as a core faculty member of the Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color (KOLIEC) from 2011-2018 and helped create the curriculum for the mentoring/advising circles for institute participants.

Before joining KO, Will was the Head of the Upper School at the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine in New York City. He serves on the board of advisors for the IDEAL School, also located in New York City. He is passionate about the role of educators in independent schools, specifically in the lives of students of color. Will has attended numerous workshops, conferences, and institutes related to leadership in independent schools and anti-racist education. Will had the honor of being a member of a think tank for the CARLE institute. 

Will has his B.A. in Psychology from Williams College and his M.A. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Joseph. Will is thrilled to be a part of the TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) team and looks forward to working with energized and focused individuals who are interested in being change agents in the residential life sphere.

Will and his wife, Afton, ALP/Enrichment Teacher in Stratford Public Schools reside in Wallingford, CT with their two sons, William (10) and Maxwell (8).

RYAN PAGOTTO

Associate Head of School Ryan Pagotto ’97 joined Blair’s faculty in 2002 and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the School on matters related to student and residential life, including health and counseling services, athletics and co-curricular programs. He runs Monday School Meeting and, among other things, is known for greeting students in the morning at the Clinton Hall doorway and offering freshly picked apples from his office during the month of October. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Ryan serves as a member of the history department and teaches Global Issues. He also authors the monthly e-newsletter From Hilltop to Home, a communication designed to help new boarding-school parents navigate the ins and outs of the Blair experience.

Over the course of his time at Blair, Ryan has served as a history teacher, head tennis coach, a dorm head and Dean of Admission. He completed his undergraduate work at Dickinson College, where he captained the men’s tennis team, and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Columbia University. Before joining the faculty at Blair, Ryan taught at the Taft Summer School in Watertown, Connecticut, and Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania. He also spent three summers as program director of the Cambridge Prep Experience at Peterhouse College, Cambridge University.

In addition to his roles in schools, Ryan has served as a faculty member for the TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) Summer Session and is a regular presenter at national boarding and independent school conferences on student and residential life.

Ryan and his wife, Jennifer, performing arts department chair and Director of Instrumental Music at Blair, live in Grullon House with their children, Jack, Will, Ella and Addison, and their dog, Teagan. The Pagottos enjoy opening their home to Blair students, faculty and staff members throughout the year.

SUSAN BALDRIDGE

Susan served as a professor and leader at Middlebury College for over 25 years, most recently as Executive Vice President and Provost, leading Middlebury’s academic programs across multiple campuses – Middlebury, Bread Loaf, Monterey – as well as study abroad locations around the world. Prior to her Provostship, Susan served as Vice President for Strategy and Planning, Dean of Planning and Assessment, and Dean of the Faculty. She is a tenured Professor of Psychology and taught throughout her time at Middlebury.

Susan began her consulting firm in 2018, advising schools, colleges, non-profits and foundations in the areas of strategy, planning and governance; and coaching senior administrators to build leadership capacity and support change management. This led her to partner with TABS in 2019, in the development of TABS current strategic plan.

In addition to consulting, Susan co-authored the book, The College Stress Test, an analysis of educational markets and tools for helping schools to identify their place within market trends. The book was named one of the best books on higher education in 2020 by Forbes Magazine. Susan has presented extensively on topics relating to human sexuality, social psychology, and the psychology of women and gender. She received her B.S. with highest honors in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, at Denison University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology at UCLA.