“The benefits of using SchoolAdmin have been huge. It's definitely impacted our ability in terms of retention. For me, being able to know at any moment how many students we have, where the opportunities are for transfer students, and where there is room for us to fill in some gaps is huge.”Ryan Abramson, Director of Admissions at Holy Ghost Prep
How Holy Ghost Prep Stays at the Top of the Pack in a Competitive Region
Holy Ghost Prep, a college preparatory school for boys in Bensalem, PA, is committed to both academic excellence and true character formation. The school encourages its boys first and foremost to be humble, kind, and respectful towards the people they interact with while working to achieve their goals.
Holy Ghost Prep by the Numbers:
The Challenge: Finding a System to Keep up and Keep Track
The number of families interested in Holy Ghost Prep is consistently high. The admissions team communicates with anywhere between 500 to 600 new inquiries each year. As many as 300 of those inquiries complete an application, and just 155 of those inquiries were accepted last year. However, Holy Ghost Prep aims for more than just meeting its enrollment goals. The admissions office’s most recent focus has been on re-enrollment, increasing retention and seeing its students return each year.
The Solution: An Admissions and Enrollment Software that Lead to an Increase in Retention
“I appreciate the ease of SchoolAdmin. When I’m sitting in a meeting and somebody says to me, ‘How many kids was that? How many applicants did we get from this grade school over the last three years?’ I can pull up the information and run a report without even thinking about it because it’s really quick in SchoolAdmin,” Abramson expressed.
Holy Ghost Prep implemented SchoolAdmin five years ago, and Abramson was an integral part of the buying and decision-making process. The school administration was impressed by the ease of use, data retrieval capabilities, and the advanced features, like the customizable internal checklists that SchoolAdmin offers.
The admissions office uses SchoolAdmin to manage mass amounts of information and to think proactively to ensure their team performs to the best of their ability. “There are so many features that allow you to keep track of all your information. If you have the desire you can do it yourself with SchoolAdmin,” Abramson explained.
Internal notes and checklists allow Abramson to assign personalized tasks to each team member. These notes ensure everyone knows exactly what to do and who to reach out to each day. The admissions team has also increasingly used SchoolAdmin to document each touchpoint within an inquiry’s profile. By choosing to display only the most pertinent information to each team member, their process remains clean, clear, and organized.
Holy Ghost Prep has also reduced the burden on their teachers and made information more accessible to parents by using SchoolAdmin. As Abramson voiced, “If you make the application process easy, parents will do it. If you make the recommendation form easy, people will do it. If you make uploading easy, people will do it. I think that, for us, is the benefit of SchoolAdmin, especially in our competitive environment. Our process is very straightforward.” Teachers can ensure that recommendation forms are filled out with ease and in a timely manner by completing the entire process online, and parents can see updates in real-time.
In addition, Abramson was enthusiastic about the support he and his team regularly get from the SchoolAdmin team. He added, “I feel like the company is engaged in a true partnership with the customer. Our interaction with the developers and customer service team make us feel like we aren’t getting lost in a big company.”