Retention Efforts at an Independent Boarding School
"The focus of this research was at an independent boarding school. In order to limit student attrition, the purpose of this study focused on retention efforts through Vincent Tinto's theory of student departure and mixed-methods research. This study found that the school is relational with a strong sense of mission that guides the enrollment process and supporting students throughout the year; however, given that the school is a tuition-driven institution, there is a disconnect between the enrollment team, advisors/faculty that support students during the academic year, and how this aligns with the school mission. Furthermore, this study found that students enjoy their experience at school and have more academic and social challenges in junior year, there are areas of need regarding professional development for teachers, and new students and boarding students are more likely to leave school. "