Driving student success, increased admissions & enrollments, and boosting revenue are all priorities for those working in the private education sector. As opposed to public education facilities, private education facilities, also known as independent schools or private schools, are not run or funded by the federal, state, or local government. Instead, private schools finance themselves by charging tuition, fundraising, and accepting donations.
Without government protection and funding, private schools and the boards that govern them face increased pressure to optimize their operational budget. While it can be easy to chip away at expenses while looking to save, private education facilities are still spending a great deal of their budget on landscaping, and for good reasons.
No matter public or private, every educational facility prioritizes student performance and success. While there isn’t a cut and dry way for every student to achieve, there are a few ways educators and faculty can mold their budget to foster growth. One of the most surprising ways to do this is to incorporate and design a landscape for learning. A 2018 study showed that studying and learning in the proximity of greenery increased student engagement and decreased mental fatigue. Another study found that learning outdoors, or providing students with outdoor spaces during the day, positively affected test scores by an average of 2 percentage points!
With almost 35,000 private schools in the United States, there are numerous choices and options for students deciding where to attend. Their dependence on tuition drives private facilities to prioritize beautification projects and capital expenditures. Making the campus as attractive as possible is the most impactful way to give prospective students and parents an experience they’ll remember.
Like admissions, the psychical appeal of your campus has a large influence on donations and fundraising efforts. Alumni who remember their school fondly are more likely to give back in both fondness and hope that others have the same positive experience. For those that aren’t alum, donations are typically given to be reinvested into the good of the facility and the success of the students. Reinvesting donations into a well-designed and maintained landscape has been proven to have a positive effect on student success as well as admissions. Driving success and revenue through tuition already affects fundraising and donations by sparking interest and keeping attention.
The benefits of landscape and greenery are ones landscape designers have known for decades. As separate facilities begin to prioritize landscaping to benefit their business, private education facilities have become advocates of greenery at school. Acknowledging the link between success and landscape design is the first way to start reaping the benefits. The next is to contact a certified landscape professional to inspect your property and make sure you’ve optimized your budget.
Down To Earth has licensed and certified agronomists, arborists, irrigation technicians, and other talented landscape professionals ready to serve you and your school. Our team respects the importance of landscape in education and holds themselves to the highest green industry standards. Talk to a landscape professional right now.