Creating a Culture of Retention at Lakefield College School [Podcast Ep.33]

October 25, 2019 Peter Baron and Hans Mundahl

What percent of schools do you think have a formal retention committee? You might be surprised to learn it’s only 25% according to our latest State of the Industry Report. Whether you are a retention guru or just getting started you’ll find this conversation valuable!

In this episode of The Enrollment Spectrum Podcast Heather Avery and David Darby from Lakefield College School in Ontario, Canada discuss their approach to retention. It all begins with leadership from their head of school but we quickly learn that their approach takes a whole-school perspective. From ‘sunshine calls’ in the beginning of the year to their strategy for one-year retention David and Heather take us inside the tactics of their work. 

We even discussed a few books that school leaders might find useful!

How do you approach retention at your school? Email us at or join us in EMA’s online community to discuss further!

About the Author

Peter Baron and Hans Mundahl

Peter Baron is EMA's chief member relations officer, responsible for the creation and oversight of our external programs as well as our membership promise. He oversees marketing and communications, member recruitment and retention, and outreach functions, as well as leadership training programs, research, and other related strategic initiatives. With a career spent in product development, sales, relationship development, and marketing, Peter's success has been built on listening to schools' and families' needs. Hans Mundahl is EMA's director of professional development and has been an educator since 1995, when he first stepped into the classroom as a Fulbright exchange teacher in the former East Germany. Since then, Hans has taught in a variety of settings, including as an Outward Bound instructor, classroom teacher, house parent, and in higher ed. Hans has served in just about every role possible in an independent school including as an admission officer, program leader, trustee, and head of school.

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