Professional development in a new admissions landscape is essential work. Now more than ever, Admissions teams need to develop new skills and creative agility in order to secure enrollment in our new normal. Participants will participate in large group sessions and smaller work groups with experienced admissions professionals.


Wednesday–Friday, July 24–26


Boston University


Admission professionals with 0-2 years of experience in boarding schools


Dive into the fundamental skills and understandings of effective admissions officers, including maximizing touch points along the family’s journey, employing best practices in testing, assessment, and file review, and processing the complexities of financial aid.

Understand the latest data about why families choose boarding schools for their children--and how those insights can inform your admission strategy.

Learn how to instill the values of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout your admission and enrollment process.

Examine the messaging of your school’s unique value proposition and how to cascade a strong brand throughout the admission journey.

Build your skills in data-driven decision making and assessing ROI of your admission efforts.

Unpack generational insights and strategic approaches customized to domestic and international audiences.

Develop the habits of mind and daily practices that position admission officers to effectively manage internal partnerships.

Brainstorm, strategize and problem-solve with a personal network of admission mentors and colleagues throughout the boarding school industry.



Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, St. Paul’s School NH

In the fall of 2023, Dana became the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at her alma mater, St. Paul’s School.  Over the course of her eighteen-year career as an educator, she worked at Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA, Westminster School in Simsbury, CT, and Santa Catalina School in Monterey, CA. In addition to leading the Admission Office, Dana embraces living on campus as an advisor, dorm parent, and lacrosse superfan. Dana’s education includes a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.A. from George Washington University.  She serves as a mentor to new admission directors through the Enrollment Management Association’s Future Leaders program and believes wholeheartedly in collaboration in our industry. A former camp counselor, Dana is intentional about team building and looks forward to creating a strong cohort at the Summer Institute.



Director of Admission, The Bement School MA

An alumna of the Loomis Chaffee School, Kim has an intimate knowledge of boarding schools from multiple perspectives. During her 17 years of school admissions at Gould Academy and Oldfields School, Kim’s responsibilities included serving as director of financial aid, website manager, international student coordinator, publications coordinator, residential dorm parent, and student advisor. In 2008, Kim became director of admission at The Bement School, a junior boarding school, where she oversees admission and communications for kindergarten through grade 9. As a current parent of a rising senior at a boarding school, she says, “it was interesting to see admissions from the parent’s perspective.” Kim has 28 years experience working in admissions and this will be her 20th summer teaching at the TABS Admission Academy. “It is incredibly rewarding to work with new professionals as they embark on admission and boarding school careers.”

What do our PAST Attendees say?

Do it! Super helpful to any and all admissions folks! The facilitators are outstanding and leaders in the independent school space.
Matt Rinkin
Fountain valley school of colorado
I cannot recommend this program enough. I walked away with a wealth of knowledge and great connections with some truly incredible people. Whether you are in your 1st week or 2nd year of admissions, this program will provide you with so many ideas to take back to your team.
Sarah Spire
Garrison Forest School
Being new and unsure of how to do this job, this admission institute has equipped me with the tools to get started. It has helped build up excitement with new ideas. The wealth of knowledge is indescribable, and I am fortunate to receive excellent professional training like this. Go TABS!
Angelica Pascual
Kimball Union academy
ThisI institute was SO HELPFUL! It's given me so much to think about as I head into this new role. Most importantly, I feel like I have some concrete action items to work on before the school year begins.
Anne Gregory
the thacher school

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