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Start A Private School Or Improve The Leadership And Management Of Your Established Private School With An Experienced Consulting Firm

"Are you facing challenges that are holding your school back from reaching its goals? Do you want to improve your board's performance or develop a strategic plan to focus on your future? Do you want  to start a private school or university with expert advice?"

HEG and our experienced team of Senior Associates is a premier school consultancy firm, specializing in starting schools, evaluation, management, and school-related improvement services for private, public, and charter schools, colleges, school-related businesses, and non-profits around the world. HEG is a consortium of internationally recognized school leaders and education-sector specialists with a focus on school formation, operations, buying/selling, leading, and improving the overall performance of schools. We’ve helped public and private schools, major corporations, and institutions maximize their organization's performance or achieve their dream of starting their own for-profit or non-profit K-12 school, career college, or US International University. Be it one school or part of a planned land development project in a new city such as Kapolei, Masdar, King Abdullah Economic City, or Songdo, Korea. Our team of professionals have hundreds of years of combined experience developing world-class schools. Our clients are based in the US, Canada, and Internationally and we're experienced working on local and major international projects. Our mission is “To help you to start or maximize your school's performance to the highest standards of excellence.” 

Quick Overview Of Our Consulting Services


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We Can Help You Start A School

We're the premier global organization for opening private schools period.  HEG is dedicated to providing customized turn-key solutions to help you start your own private or independent school. Our Team of experienced Associates form a consortium of global school formation experts who've started and led prestigious private schools in the US, Canada, and Internationally (Middle East, Asia, India, China, Singapore, and more!). If you're looking for expert guidance in starting your own school or post secondary institution, you've come to the right place. Our experienced team is already put together and can provide turn-key services (e.g., marketing, accounting, staffing, fundraising, project management, accreditation, training, programming, marketing, designing, architecture, planning, procuring, infrastructure). By leading the development of your school from the ground up, you'll have a better school, which will be ready on time and under budget. Why invent the wheel and do it on your own. With our collective experience of professionals, and our knowledge in starting and leading schools, we can guide you through the challenges you'll face. Our Senior Associates have, as part of our collective experience, been involved in helping to start, develop, and/or lead a variety of prestigious private K-12 private schools and post secondary institutions.

Listed below is a brief list of school formation projects that our Senior Associates have been involved with developing (Please click below to open the list): 

- US Projects click to expand
  • Island Pacific Academy: IPA is a secular, co-educational, independent school offering programs from PreK-12, where it started with Grades PreK-8 with one grade added each year up to Grade 12. One of our associates was engaged by the Estate of James Campbell to start the independent school in the new City of Kapolei, Hawaii, in 1999. The consultant(s) oversaw major stages of the school formation process as the managing firm. The school now has over 700 students taught in a 65,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility on three acres.
  • Sage Hill School: SHS is a Grade 9-12, Coed college preparatory day school founded in 2000 on a 30-acre campus with academic buildings, library, gymnasium, football/soccer field, baseball field, outdoor basketball and sand volleyball court, and outdoor amphitheater. It has an enrollment of 450 students. It is accredited by WASC, NAIS, CASE, and CAIS.
  • Santa Ynez Valley Christian Academy: Santa Ynez is a Grades K-8 Private Interdenominational, coed, religious, nonprofit school of 152 students, and belongs to the ACSI.
  • Fisher Island Day School: FIDS is a Grade Prek-5 Private coed, non-denominational, university prep school. Students are exposed to languages (Spanish and Mandarin Chinese) technology, strong academics, and inculcation of strong character.
- Canadian Projects click to expand
  • West Point Grey Academy : WPGA is an independent, Prek-12, university preparatory, co-educational school started by one of our associates and a group of dedicated professionals in 1996. It opened it doors to +300 students enrolled in PreK-Grade 8. Bill Wan was the founding Director and Doug Halladay was the founding Senior School Director and Deputy Head. The school is now ranked #1 academically in the province of British Columbia.
  • Aspengrove School: Aspengrove School is the first and only Prek-12 independent, non-denominational, co-educational, university preparatory school located in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. One of our associates was engaged by a group of founding parents in 2002, and advised on the formation of the school over a 12 month span, from the ground up.
  • Stratford Hall School: Stratford Hall is a K-12 ICo-Ed IB preparatory private urban school based in Vancouver, BC. One of our associates was engaged by a group of founding parents, and advised on the formation of the school.
- International School Projects click to expand
  • Dalian Maple Leaf International High School: Students are registered as BC students and write the same Grade 10, 11, and 12 BC examinations as resident students in BC and graduate with the same BC Ministry of Education transcripts and graduation (Dogwood) diploma as resident students in BC. English program taught by BC certified teachers. Inspected annually on-site and certified by BC Ministry of Education. Over 2,300 students are currently enrolled.
  • British Columbia Canadian International School of Cairo: It offers a British Columbia program from PreK - Gr.12. All subjects are taught in English and all the academic staff must be BC College of Teachers certified. The school is certified by The BC Ministry of Education and is inspected annually.
  • International School Songdo / Chadwick International School: ISS/CIS will open in 2010 and will be Korea’s first international K-12 private school for Korean citizens and international students. ISS is located in the new international free economic zone city of Songdo, Korea. The school is located on 24 acres in a new state-of-the-art 500,000 sq. ft facility and provides a co-ed- college preparatory IB program supporting 21st century learning.
  • The Sheffield Private School: Founded in 2004, providing high quality schooling for expatriate and local families who want a British style of education for their children. Following the National Curriculum for England it offers Nursery to Year 11 education, and will to expand each year to offer IGCSE and A level subjects.
  • The Royal Dubai School: Opened in 2005, RDS offers a high quality education from Foundation Stage to Year 6. It is the only school in the area to offer the National Curriculum for England, taught by British trained teachers, and provides the best of British Education to the diverse international community in Dubai.
  • Wellington International School: Opened 2005, WIS is a PreK-12 private school based in the Al Sufouh area of Dubai, offering the National Curriculum of England with plans to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Years 12 and 13 from September 2009 onwards.
  • The World Academy: TWA - King Abdullah Economic City is a premium Pre-K to Grade 8 international schools, providing a high quality education, and intends to offer a special curriculum based from the American and International Standards. The school features iconic architecture with inspirational spaces.
  • Qatar Leadership Academy: Founded in 2005 in Doha, Qatar, QLA is a boarding school for boys in Grades 6 to 12, which is an IB World School authorized to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Program further enhanced by heritage and leadership programs.
  • Rashid School For Boys: Opened in 1986 under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, the school is dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in the academic and social development. Most lessons are taught in English and the curriculum is developed from the UK National Curriculum. The school gives great importance to the teaching of Arabic language and Islamic Studies, and follows the Ministry of Education courses. Grades 10 and 11 lead to United Kingdom General Certificate of Secondary Education examinations (GCSE). In Grades 12 and 13.
  • International School in Nacka: ISN is a Private K-12 private non-profit co-ed school of 400 students with 68 full-time staff. The school offers both the Swedish national curriculum and International Baccalaureate program in English and Swedish.
  • Vishwashanti Gurukul World School: Sponsored by Mahahashtra institute of Technology, VGWS is a Grade PreK-12 world-class school, recognized as an IB world School' authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and registered as a Cambridge International Centre by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).
  • Metropolitan School of Panama: The Metropolitan School of Panama will be an internationally accredited private school for students from Preschool to 12th Grade, opening at the end of August 2011, in the City of Knowledge, located in Clayton, Panama City. Multinational, with small class sizes, aiming towards an International Baccalaureate Program, it will offer a balanced University preparatory program integrating the very best of US and Panamanian curriculum allowing mastery of English, Spanish and a third language.
- Post Secondary Projects click to expand
  • Stenberg College: Stenberg College was acquired in 2002 by a joint venture company that owns CATO. It offers post secondary diploma programs in the area of nursing and allied health care.
  • Center For Arts And Technology: CATO is the industry leader and a respected digital arts school, with campuses in Kelowna, B.C., and Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Fredericton, New Brunswick. It was formed by one of our associates in a joint venture with the Center for Digital Imaging and Sound (CDIS), a leading Vancouver film school. CDIS was subsequently acquired by the Art Institute of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania (now know as the Art Institute of Vancouver).
  • Pacific Institute of Trades and Technology: We're presently working with a group of investors to start a new trades and technology institute in Surrey, British Columbia, using the Red Seal Programs of Industry Trading Authority and accreditation through PCTIA
  • American National College: Offers Sri Lankan students affordable alternative to spending 4 or more years overseas pursuing higher education. Students obtain 1-2 years of credits toward Associates or Bachelor Degrees at ANC. All courses are 100% transferable to partner Universities in the USA, offering US University courses taught by US professors, US textbooks, and course outlines.
  • Pan Pacific International English College: PPIEC offers English as a Second Language, High School, School Preparatory programs, and teacher training institute (TESL).
- Recent School Formation Projects click to expand
  • Please click here to see additional projects that HEG has recently been involved with.

They are flexible and a joy to work with...

"The Halladay Education Group is a very professional team that brings a myriad of talents to private schools and are quite focused and results driven. They work efficiently and are task-driven. As a start-up school we have so many items in our punch-list to complete and Doug and the HEG team came in and helped us with almost every aspect of the operations in a very short time frame. They are flexible and a joy to work with. I would recommend them to any group that wants to start a world-class international school or improve their performance of your established private school."

-- Dr. Jorge Nelson, Headmaster, International School Songdo, Korea


Strives To Make The Big Picture a Reality...

Doug is highly motivated and approached his services with a great deal of enthusiasm and professionalism …He is highly skilled in helping us visualize and strive to make the big picture a reality. Doug advocated to the board the needs of the school and ways of prioritizing and practical ways of attaining those needs…His knowledge of strategic planning and board governance as a consultant is incomparable.”

-- Becky Warren, Principal, Westmont School, B

Starting A School On Your Own Can Be Challenging

Starting a school is a complicated and unique project that requires a team of experienced professionals who have had direct experience with all of the elements of school formation, and can take you from concept to operating your school. We can provide full “turn-key” services (e.g., feasibility studies, business plan, project management, human resources, marketing, and more). HEG can work with you in each of the stages of school development related to starting and operating your school, and can assist you with planning, forming, and operating your new school...around the world. There are many reasons why HEG continues to be the leader in the development of schools. We can help answer your questions...

  • Do you want to start a school either for profit or as part of a housing or community development project?
  • Do you want to start a non-profit independent school but are not sure where to begin?
  • Do you feel the idea of starting a school is viable but you are not sure what needs to be done next?
  • Do you want professional support and guidance to ensure the sustainable success of your new school?
Next Step With Opening a School: If you are interested in receiving written material about HEG's school formation services, or would like to discuss your particular schooling needs, please contact Doug Halladay directly to find out more about our School Formation services or other . You can set this up by sending him an email to info@halladayeducationgroup.com or calling directly at 1-604-868-0002. Don't wait...make your dream a reality!

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We Work With For-Profit and Non-Profit Clients

From our headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, we provide innovative services globally, including: strategic planning; board governance; Head of School evaluations and searches; starting schools; institutional assessments; admissions and recruiting; surveys; policy development; and, the design, implementation, and management of major international development projects. Please click here to see more about our recent private school consulting projects. We understand that every institution and project is unique, and our approach provides a flexible and specialized team of consultants specifically chosen for each individual client. Halladay Education Group provides innovative private school consultant services tailored to a number of education sectors, be it for- or non-profit Private or Independent PreK-12 schools, non-profit organizations, educational reform projects for NGO's or Ministry of Education, or founders that want to open their own  private schools, colleges, or universities. For more information on each, just click on the service you're interested in.

"Pleased with the professionalism of HEG’s consultants and the quality of the work delivered..."

Our project is the start-up of a new PreK-12 International Baccalaureate School in the city of Panama. HEG was initially hired by our group to carry out the Feasibility Study and Business Plan, which included the analysis of local market conditions to set up the school, analysis of market demand based on the study's results, financial projections of the entire operation for a 10-year period, plus all activities required to prepare the new school for operation. The feasibility study included guidance regarding our school's mission and vision statements, educational philosophy, as well as human resource requirements, organizational structure, etc. The final deliverable was a very complete report that covered all aspects of new school development requirements, which was at an extremely high level of quality for presentation to banks, investors, and others required for the implementation phase of the project.

Our group was very pleased with the professionalism of HEG’s consultants and the quality of the work delivered. The feasibility study stage required Doug Halladay and another member of his team to travel to Panama twice – where we had very productive work sessions with our group and were fortunate to have a good working relation with HEG at all times. In addition to their visits, we had regularly scheduled teleconferences as the study advanced and everything worked out well. We feel that the investment was definitely worthwhile as we were able to receive guidance and advice from experts in the field, including people who have started-up and owned their own schools. The end-product received from HEG has been very valuable to our group. The feasibility study and business plan developed by HEG provided us additional credibility from experts in the field, given HEG’s extensive experience with top quality schools internationally.

In a nutshell, when we sit down to present our project to financial advisors and land developers, and they review our Business Plan, they immediately conclude that we have done our homework, and thus our project has moved forward swiftly.

We are now at the Project Implementation Phase and finalizing financial arrangements to proceed with school formation activities, including retaining HEG as our advisor for the implementation stage. I would definitely recommend HEG without hesitation. Their expertise in planning and managing top international private schools is very valuable when sitting down to define what your projects needs are, especially in the financial aspects of the operation.

H. Ramirez

Founding Director

The Metropolitan School of Panama

Panama City, Panama

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