Are you struggling to increase your private Lutheran school’s enrollment? Are you worried about increasing your enrollment now that things are starting to open back up? If you aren’t alone, many private schools are in the same situation. The problem isn’t the aftermath of the pandemic or low enrollment. To be honest, it is more than likely your marketing efforts are inefficient.

Here are sixteen strategies to boost your Lutheran school’s enrollment:

Adam Bennett

Written by:  |  June 20, 2022

Adam is the president and founder of Cube Creative Design. Since starting the business in 2005, he has created individual relationships with clients in Western North Carolina. He places great value on the needs, expectations, and goals of the client.

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Isn’t it amazing how simple it was to promote your private school? Not too long ago, you could just mail out a brochure or postcard to interested families and then sit back and wait for the phone to ring and admissions appointments to be set. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.

Private schools like yours need to have a marketing plan to market to a more savvy audience. Prospective families have an extensive list of criteria for a school for their children; they want their children to receive an excellent education at a price they can afford, and of course, like any parent would, they only want the best for their child. Private schools are in a competitive field, but marketing is a problem for many. 

As a Christian private school, how can you get the word out about your school? The simple answer is, and dare I say this, marketing your school like a business. Before you think I have gone crazy, think about it this way. A typical business markets its services. As a private school, you are just selling the business of education.

Therefore, marketing attracts prospects, prospects become students. However, marketing entails more than simply publicizing your school’s name. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) says that marketing must establish a connection:

Adam Bennett

Written by:  |  June 1, 2022

Adam is the president and founder of Cube Creative Design. Since starting the business in 2005, he has created individual relationships with clients in Western North Carolina. He places great value on the needs, expectations, and goals of the client.

See Adam Bennett's' bio: cubecreative.design/about/adam-bennett

In an ideal world, every student who would be a good fit for your Lutheran private school would apply.

However, with stiff competition and a plethora of information on Christian private school education, it's even harder now to make parents and students aware of your school in the first place.

Furthermore, just a small percentage of parents who have heard of your school will decide to apply. So, what can you do to raise initial awareness of your institution while also improving private school enrollment?

Creating a private school marketing strategy centered on your enrollment funnel could be the solution.

Understanding the private school enrollment funnel is the first step in properly optimizing your marketing.

Here's an explanation of how the enrollment funnel works, how to create marketing materials for each stage, and how to differentiate your marketing strategy within each stage to appeal to your two most key marketing personas (students and parents).

Adam Bennett

Written by:  |  February 23, 2022

Adam is the president and founder of Cube Creative Design. Since starting the business in 2005, he has created individual relationships with clients in Western North Carolina. He places great value on the needs, expectations, and goals of the client.

See Adam Bennett's' bio: cubecreative.design/about/adam-bennett

The key to increasing your private school enrollment is through marketing, primarily content marketing. With content marketing for private schools, you are telling your school's story in such a way that it attracts families and entices them to join your school family.

Now there are numerous options for private schools to get the word out but content marketing is how you differentiate yourself and your school from the competition.

As parents begin their school search, they have a number of questions, such as:

  1. What distinguishes your school from the one down the street?
  2. What are the criteria for hiring faculty?
  3. What is the school's mission/philosophy?
  4. How much can parents be involved and what role can they play?
  5. What are the expectations for communication with parents?
  6. What results can we expect if we send our child to this school?
  7. What are the school's difficulties? What are the areas that need to be improved?

Your marketing materials, website, social media presence, and personal interactions should all follow a consistent theme and work to answer these questions.  

Make certain that you deliver on what you promise in terms of what you say and what you do. This will not only reassure parents but they will be able to see their child on your campus.

You can and should create buyer personas to help you focus your marketing efforts. Defining an ideal parent and student will help you develop marketing content and collateral that speaks directly to them.

Adam Bennett

Written by:  |  January 26, 2022

Adam is the president and founder of Cube Creative Design. Since starting the business in 2005, he has created individual relationships with clients in Western North Carolina. He places great value on the needs, expectations, and goals of the client.

See Adam Bennett's' bio: cubecreative.design/about/adam-bennett