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Start a SchoolStarting A Private School or University Needs The Guidance Of Professionals With Experience Starting and Leading Sustainable US, International, and Canadian Private Schools

Halladay Education Group is the premier educational and management consultancy specializing in school formation, managing, and supporting the development of private K-12 schools and colleges around the world. We're a consortium of internationally experienced consultants who can advise you in starting, operating, buying/selling, leading, and improving private schools globally. Our clients are based in the US, Canada, and Internationally. 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- or non-profit school; be it one school or part of a planned land development project in a brand new city.

Our mission is “To help you to start and maximize your school's performance to the highest standards of excellence. Our firm is committed to providing customized solutions for your School or non- or for-profit organization. We're experienced working on local and major international projects

Here is a fact for you...starting a private school requires exceptional planning, preparation, experience, and a commitment to a clear vision. Without a solid foundation and groundwork your structure will collapse. In today's complicated education environment, the need to work smarter and be ready for the first day of school operation is critical and can't be repeated. With proper pre-planning and our expert guidance over a project’s life cycle, we can help founders like you to be better prepared to start the school of your dreams and manage costs and project development efficiently, and establish a school to be proud of. Our specialty is starting K-12 Private Schools (US, Canadian, IB) and accredited American International Universities.
Our services span the globe, with experience starting schools in the USA, Canada, and Internationally (Middle East, Asia, India, China, Europe, Singapore, and more!).  Our experienced team is already organized and can provide turn-key services (e.g., marketing, accounting, staffing, programming, designing, architecture, planning, procuring, infrastructure). We can develop a better school and have it ready on time and under budget. Why invent the wheel!

Six Customized Approaches To Help You Start Your School

We would like to help you start the school of your dreams. The simplest way to do this is to select one the following options and call our firm at 604-868-0002 or email HEG at info@halladayeducationgroup.com to make arrangements to move forward.

FREE CONSULTATION: Hold a complimentary 1-on-1 30 minute telephone consultation to find out more about your project. We can help you get started in the right direction and help you understand where to go to first. This can be can set up just by calling me at 604-868-0002 or email me at info@halladayeducationgroup.com to take the next step (valued at $150).


ONE DAY WORKSHOP AND FOLLOW-UP REPORT: Hold a 1-day workshop where we provide a comprehensive presentation on the 10 key stepping stones to starting your school and address all of your questions. We review the critical elements you need to consider in starting a sustainable school. Afterwards, we follow-up with a comprehensive Summary Report that provides details on your schools: purpose and direction, educational program, marketing and admissions, project overview, organizational structure, facility needs, fundraising, budget, and recommendations, timelines, and action plan to move forward. This is a valuable strategy in moving forward in a coordinated effort.


FEASIBILITY STUDY: We perform statistically driven surveys to gauge real market demand for your school. This approach determines whether the formation of your school is realistic and feasible. Our professional survey process include both qualitative and quantitative tools including: focus groups, phone surveys, mail surveys, online surveys, and more. As with the One-Day Workshop, we meet with you in person to better understand the type of school you want to start, as well as provide a comprehensive presentation on the 10 key stepping stones to starting your school and address your questions. Our follow-up Feasibility Report is extremely detailed and provides answers to all key questions about market demand and enrollment, including: purpose and direction, educational program, marketing and admissions, statistically validated enrollment projections (grade, gender, location), work plan, organizational structure, location and facilities, fundraising, finance (start-up budget, 5 year financial forecast, revenue projections, ROI, payroll, programming, and more). We can provide this with for- and non-profit schools.


DEVELOP YOUR BUSINESS PLAN: In many cases, founders need a detailed Business Plan to assist them with approaching investors to provide the capital needed to fund the formation of your school and cover potential shortfalls in the first few years of operation. In addition, non-profit schools need a business plan as part of their fundraising case to convince donors or lenders on the true costs of the start-up budget and the first five years within the operational budget. We can assist this with developing a comprehensive business plan that covers all the financial details needed to start and operate your school. Essentially, it is the detail of the Feasibility Study without the survey data.


FORMATION CONTRACT: When you are ready, we can tailor a proposal for our services specifically for your formation project that will assist you through the entire process of starting your school, from concept to opening your doors. This includes developing, implementing, and overseeing your strategic plan, financial plan, educational plan, human resources plan, marketing and admissions plan, fundraising, infrastructure, accreditation, and much more. Please note that the fee we charge for any of the above services will be directly discounted from this contract.

   MONTHLY RETAINER/COACH FEE: Many founding groups feel that they have the internal staff to handle the critical elements in starting their own own school, but like many, they want to have a coach to go to when they have questions or have hit a wall. We can make arrangements to set aside as many days/hours per month so that you can bounce ideas and questions off of us, or determine what the next step is.
If you would like more information about how to start a school, or project assistance with starting a private school, don’t wait…let’s make it happen!! Please call me at 604-868-0002 or email me at info@halladayeducationgroup.com to take the next step.

What Others Say About Our Formation Services

"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 Pla, 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, and educational philosophy, as well as human resource requirements, organizational structure, etc. The final deliverable is a very complete report that covers all aspects of new school development requirements, which is of high enough calibre for presentation to banks, investors, and others required for the implementation phase of the project.

Our group is 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 the 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 provides 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 is moving along 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

You Want To Start A Private School But Don't Know Where To Get Started...You Just Need The Right System and Expert Guidance

Halladay Education Group is an experienced private school consulting firm dedicated to providing you customized solutions to help you start your own private school in the USA, Canad, and Internationally. With our effective systems, collective experience of specialized professionals, and our knowledge in starting and leading schools, we can guide you through the enormous challenges you will face.

But first let me ask you...why should you take on the pitfalls and stress that every group faces in starting a new private PreK to 12 school or post secondary institution when you could utilize our services and focus on the big picture – making your dreams a reality.

As you can understand, the tasks required to start a school are extensive and specific to your unique education sector and can be costly if not implemented correctlyin relation to profits, recognition, and the long-term implementation of your programs.

Here's a fact for you...by utilizing our services and wisdom we add value in many ways – you take advantage of professionals who have a proven background in leading schools and who are experienced in the mechanics of school formation. With our know-how we can put together a solid plan, assist you with meeting regulatory requirements, maximize enrollment, align your decisions with your vision, and ensure that your mission is achieved. Ultimately, you will build on this success in all other areas of your school's programs.

Our Approach to Starting a School

Establishing a school is a very unique process that requires professionals with appropriate experience, who understand the specific tasks and the decision that need to be made. HEG follows the four stages related to creating and operating a new school.

Would You Like To Start An Outstanding School? We Specialize in Starting A Variety of Schools

You've found the right company to help you start your school. Our firm is dedicated to starting world class independent and private schools. As school formation consultants, we specialize in opening schools with variety of formats and curriculum, including:
  • Private or Independent Prekindergarten to Grade 12 (For- or Non-Profit)
  • American
  • Canadian
  • International
  • Canadian International Offshore
  • Religious (e.g., Christian, Catholic, Muslim)
  • International Baccalaureate Program
  • Advanced Placement
  • Preparatory
  • Special Needs (Dyslexic, Therapeutic)
  • Boarding
  • ESL/Language
  • Preschool and Daycare
  • Montessori
  • Waldorf
  • US Offshore Accredited Universities and Career Colleges (certificate, diploma, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral)
  • And more...call us and share your vision...every great school had to start some time.

Our Free Special Reports Share With You The Critical Steps To Start A School

 Special Reports - How To Start A SchoolWe want to help advise you on taking the right step when starting your own new school (even for 2008!). One of the quickest ways for HEG to share with you the critical elements of starting a school is for you to download our two Free Special Reports , the "13 Critical Steps of School Formation " and a "Readiness Assessment Checklist, " which outline the model we utilize when starting a school, and a checklist you should utilize to ensure you are on track. Click right here to download one of our free Special Reports on starting a school :
Our Associates Have Been Involved in Starting and Leading Prestigious Private Schools

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.
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  • 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).
  • The 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.
        You Can Start A Private School More Efficiently In As Little As 12 To 18 Months With Our Comprehensive Services

        Halladay Education Group’s mission is to ‘Help You Achieve Greater Success.’ We want to become your trusted adviser, as invested in your future as you are. Halladay Education Group’s services will assist your founding Board with the critical elements needed to start or merge your new school. We can assist you from the ground up sharing our expertise with:

        • Developing of a Compelling Vision;
        • Creating the Strategic Plan, Mission, Values, Goals, and Operational Plan;
        • Establishing your School Society, Non-Profit Status, Bylaws, Constitution, and Incorporation;
        • Building Credibility and Awareness in your Community;
        • Recruiting and Educating the Board and Senior Administration on Exceptional Leadership,Governance, and Team-Building;
        • Developing the Business Plan and and the Formation and Operational Budgets;
        • Marketing Research to Ensure your Vision Meets Existing Community Demand;
        • Supporting Development of the Facility Needs, Design, Site Search, and Lease/Purchase;
        • Identifying Personnel Needs, Executive Search, Staff Recruiting, Job Descriptions, and Contracts;
        • Ongoing Evaluation and Support for the Head of School and Board of Governors;
        • Establishing your Faculty Appraisal System and Professional Development Plans;
        • Building the Education Program;
        • Determining Combinations for Starting Grades and Phase-In Stages;
        • Developing the Marketing Plan to Drive Enrollment, Public Relations, Competitive Positioning, and the Admissions Process;
        • Establishing Comprehensive Fund Raising Plans (e.g., Capital Campaign, Annual Giving, Major Events);
        • Devising the School Schedule and Timetable;
        • Establishing Student Management, Record Storage, Accounting, and Reporting Systems;
        • Supporting the Procurement Process;
        • Preparing Policy Manuals for Staff, Students, and Parents;
        • Establishing Timelines and Project Management Systems in Formation Stage.
        Who Do We Work With?

        We can help just about anyone start their own school. For the most part, there are 6 main clients that we can help with our School Formation Services:

        • Parents living within communities who are looking for a educational consultant to assist in starting a quality independent school solution for their children;
        • Churches that want to provide their parish and community with a quality independent school solution for their members;
        • Investors who want to start private schools to create a magnet for community demand and sales, and/or to provide profits to their investors;
        • Land Developers and local government and/or homeowner associations seeking an independent school formation specialist to support the services necessary to expand their community and the drawing tool to continue growth;
        • Large Corporations requiring educational facilities for the children of their employees;
        • Commercial and Residential Sector that will need the ancillary space constructed adjacent to or nearby to the school campus;
        • Existing Independent Schools looking to expand and/or be taken over, allowing for additional space for real estate development.
        Our Comprehensive 11-Point School Formation Process Can Be Tailored To Your Needs In Helping You To Start A School

        The further you read into this web page, the more you will realize that our services are extremely comprehensive and available at any stage of starting a school. Please take a moment to read over our exhaustive list of services that we can provide to your formation project to ensure that you start the best school possible.

                          Start-A-School Toolkit

                          If you need immediate help, our Start-A-School Toolkit is a quick and inexpensive solution. It's a comprehensive Series of Audio Presentations and Handbooks that reveal the...

                          The fundamental building blocks of starting a school of your dreams. You'll Find Tremendous Value in Our Incisive Toolkit that explains How To Start A Private School. Our Toolkit explains how to start a school from the viewpoint of those who have started their own private schools and understand how to put a school together efficiently and cost effectively. And we want the same to happen for YOU. We've recorded all the presentations on MP3 Cd's and then had them transcribed and desk topped into a high quality Handbooks for you and your founders to read over to grasp the critical elements of starting a successful school. Our Toolkit includes:

                          The Critical First Steps Of Independent School Formation
                          The 9 Secrets Of Starting A Charter School
                          Starting A Successful Private Senior School from the Ground Up
                          The 8 Golden Rules of Starting a New Private Junior School

                          Visit our secure Online Store now to find the proven resources that will show you how to effectively start your own school. Click here to take a closer look at the Start-A-School Toolkit.

                          What Should You Do Next?

                          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. HEG can assist you with planning, forming, and operating your 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: If you are interested in receiving written material about HEG, or would like to discuss your particular schooling needs, please contact Doug Halladay directly to find out more about our School Formation services. You can set this up by sending him an email to info@halladayeducationgroup.com or calling directly at 1-604-868-0002.

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