What is the Best Model for Online Learning at Independent Schools? | Marcus Muster | 2 Min Read

The Kiski School, an all-boys boarding school located just outside of Pittsburgh, PA, has been involved with online education in one form or another since 2007. I have been teaching remotely through various platforms and scenarios since then, even teaching my Precalculus class at 5:30 a.m. from a hotel room just before my first OESIS Conference in Marina Del Rey, California. When the global pandemic struck in the spring of 2020, Kiski was well-positioned for a transition to remote learning. As we look forward to what our schools will look like in the fall, I am sure some independent schools are implementing or are considering an online branch of their brand. This concept should be viewed through multiple lenses based on our experience.

Independent schools come in all shapes, sizes, and degrees of financial means, each with its challenges. Financially speaking, both day schools and boarding schools would want to consider a reduced tuition rate to their online students. By doing so, day schools would risk cannibalizing the market they are trying to target. Boarding schools would splinter the communities that make them unique while still demanding an incrementally higher cost with the risk of impacting in-person programming and…

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Marcus Muster

Marcus Muster has been at the Kiski School since 1987. He is currently the Math Department Chairman and Director of Technology. Over the past 34 years, he has held numerous positions at the school including Chair of the Honor and Discipline Counsel, Head Football Coach and, Head Baseball Coach. Appointed as Director of Technology in 1994 he implemented Kiski’s one-to-one laptop program in 1997.