Diana - Director, Montessori School, newly formed school
"I could not imagine a more professional, highly skilled, and effective organization than the Independent School Performance Group. It is a privilege to have worked with them and to pen this recommendation. The most impressive aspect of ISPG’s service is their constant availability and willingness to invest (time) with you on the telephone or by email. Reed (has a) keen ability to listen, discern, and evaluate. Over the past school year, ISPG was contracted by my board of trustees to assess and overhaul our Admissions and Marketing processes and procedures. Reed Sumida spent several days with us and countless hours on the phone and in training with our new Director of Admissions. Reed fully maximized every minute that he was with us.
As the new Head of School, Reed took precious hours during the day and evenings to instruct and encourage me and to answer my questions. He was incredibly helpful and insightful. Due to the success of ISPG’s work with us in our in our Admissions and Marketing Departments, our enrollment is up 50%, and attrition down 30%. David Brooks was hired to support me with a Head of School assessment and then support for four months. David’s kindness, compassion, and availability were incredible. He is soft spoken and kind, brilliant in his approach to solving problems and moving forward. <Reed is a master of his trade. He is articulate and has incredible experience working with many different kinds of boards and schools. I continue to employ ISPG as much as possible and will do so throughout my career. I highly recommend ISPG as a solution to any issue you might be facing as a school."
Dr. Eileen J. Councill-Head of School, New York City, Preschool - 8th, enrollment 160
"I just want to thank you for your expertise and helping us get over this first hurdle. Without your guidance and knowledge we would still be trying to figure out how to limp through another year."
Cal Johnson, Principal - Montessori School, Preschool - 5th, enrolment 85
"Reed Sumida is a valuable resource for our school. His support to us during our admissions review process has helped us to more then double our enrolment rate. He is a knowledgeable professional and a key part of our school's success. I highly recommend his services to all schools that want to serve a larger population of students."
Michael Bouchard, Head of School
"Mr. Sumida presented as always, a professional appearance and was clear and concise in his presentations to parents. The parent body was overwhelmingly positive and Urban Academy has since purchased a beautiful heritage building that we will move into in 2007."
Laura Drummond, Board Chair, Fine Arts JK-11th, enrolment 125
"Mr. Sumida provided the Board of Directors with governance workshops that were invaluable in providing structure and guidance for our Board. Mr. Sumida is competent and professional in fulfilling his responsibilities"
Dr. Anthony Ciammaichella, Chair, Board Chair, University Preparatory, JK-12th
"Inspring, very informative, motivating, supportive".
Mary Paradis - Waldorf School, enrolment 300;
"Mr. Sumida is highly knowledgeable and experienced in his field, resulting in excellent guidance. We trust him implicitly to advise us."
Kristin Cassie, Principal, Montessori School, Preschool - 8th, enrollment 120
"Reed Sumida’s integrated approach built the project team, designed and delivered presentation and proposal materials, developed new financial relationships for the school and managed the whole process with an on-time delivery. Mr. Sumida’s professionalism was evident in all phases of the project. It was particularly highlighted in the company’s understanding of the school’s culture, ability to motivate a disparate volunteer and community group and by providing opportunities for participation in the process. This was all achieved by a dedicated attention to communication, which ensured broad-based acceptance and facilitation of the programme."
Gail Gabel, Past Board Chair - University Preparatory School, JK-12, enrollment 750
"I have considered your organization a very real answer to prayer as we often felt inadequate for the task the board had given us."
Grace Bennick, Board Member, Christian School, enrollment 85
"After renting a school vacated by the local school district, our parent board decided to purchase the building as it came up for sale.Great idea, but how to do that with $50,000 only. Enter Reed Sumida, who led the Board and parent group through the purchase of the school. I heartily recommend Reed Sumida to you as a person knowledgable and experienced in such large undertakings involving financial institutions and the commitments involved there. Reed has remained an advisor to our school over the years. Retaining him as an advisor is the key to ensuring your purchase and operating venture remains viable, as Board changes over the years somehow causes a loss of vision, in the short run and the long run, and thus a school could easily run into trouble.So, I recommend hiring Reed Sumida, and I strongly urge your Board to not only consider but ensure longterm involvement, for your success.
Bonnie Williams, Principal, OMESS
"In closing I would again like to emphasize the gratitude of all of the families involved in the purchase of the school. Without your help we would no longer have a school for our children."
Randy Larue, Board Chair - Montessori School, Preschool - 8th, enrollment 100
"The promptness, attention to detail, quality of presentation to the society members and implementation of the recommended and approved financial program were all carried out in a timely and most professional manner.
As the past President of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to recommend Reed Sumida"
Past President - Montessori Society Board of Directors, K-10 school, enrollment 120