By: Charity O.
Enrollment is always an important issue in private institutions. At Andrews Academy, where 90 percent of the tuition goes to the expenses for the school, maintaining a stable enrollment is especially important.
According to Mrs. Ivonne Segui-Weiss, registrar at the academy, “Enrollment this year compared to other years has been about the same.”
At the start of this school year, says Mrs. Ivonne, 225 students registered. However, even with a maximum of 233 students enrolling throughout the two semesters, there are currently 226 students admitted. This number is comparable to the previous three school years.
Last year, 236 students enrolled at the beginning of the term, and by the end of the school year there were 218 students. In the 2013-2014 school year, 238 students enrolled in August and 233 were still enrolled by May. The 2012-2013 school year began with 235 students and concluded with 226.
AA’s demographics play a significant role in enrollment trends. The transient nature of the Andrews University community means that most students who leave Andrews Academy before they graduate do so because their parents find employment in other countries or states. In other cases, students leave because their parents finish schooling in surrounding universities and are obliged to return to their homeland.
The administration makes constant efforts to recruit more students. From the 8th grade graduation bash at the end of the year to the Penny Arcade in the fall, administration consistently seeks to stabilize enrollment. Several programs and school events help to boost enrollment: The music groups in the academy that visit different churches, the cardinal classic in February, and the annual booth at the youth fair, publicize the school to the surrounding communities.
“I’m happy about maintaining students,” says Interim Principal Jeannie Leiterman. “After Christmas break last year, we lost 17 students. However, after this past Christmas vacation, the number of students that left were as many as those new students who enrolled. Adventist Education is expensive and we try to find as many ways as we can to help students financially, and to make their experience worthwhile.”