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!

Spring 2023 Events will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

In-Person Events include:

  • School table at each Recruitment Fair

    No cost for additional representatives

  • Contact information of all fair attendees and pre-registrants

  • TABS connectED

    New registration platform providing
    pre-fair communication with students and families

  • Inclusion in networking, advertising, and marketing outreach


  • Additional events outside the Recruitment Fairs

  • Expert Tour Leader

    with over 15 years of international recruitment experience, Michael Shaver is at your service. Enjoy individualized advice before, during, and after the tour!

Past Events

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.

HANOI, VIETNAM

Grand Vista Hanoi

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers

DA NANG, VIETNAM

Pullman Beach Resort

China

(Virtual)

TOKYO, JAPAN

The Westin Tokyo

Bogotá, Colombia

JW Marriott Bogotá

western hemisphere

(Virtual)

boarding school for all: TABS Access Fair

(Virtual)

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.

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

From Near & Far

TABS connectED ONLINE RECRUITING

Welcome to a dynamic, state-of-the-art approach to recruiting students online! TABS connectED is a worldwide recruitment platform to help you reach students and families around the globe — and at home. The platform allows schools and students to create their own profile, perform searches, direct message, set up Zoom calls, and much more!

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!

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.