Case Study:

Acquisitions with a Twist: The Village School of Naples' Unique Approach to Growth

Kevin Folan
Kevin Folan

An interview with:

Dennis Chapman

Head of School

The Village School of Naples

Redefining School Growth: Inside The Village School of Naples' Successful Acquisition of Quest for Success

Mergers and acquisition discussions continue to heat up in independent schools— two schools coming together to create a stronger community.

But, acquisition stories don't always revolve around one school acquiring another. Often, they're about a smaller, strategic acquisition that aligns perfectly with and boosts a school's institutional goals.

And this is why I'm so excited to share my latest case study: Acquisitions with a Twist: The Village School of Naples' Unique Approach to Growth.

In this insightful interview, Dennis Chapman, Head of School at The Village School of Naples, offers a behind-the-scenes look at how acquiring the college guidance program Quest for Success harmonized with the school's objectives and aligned with its strategy to grow its new upper school division.

It was the right acquisition at the right time.

Hear how Dennis and his team:

✅ Grew enrollment by 54%.

✅ Nearly quadrupled the size of their upper school.

✅ Enhanced the school's college counseling services and raised its community profile. 

✅ Enabled the school to provide college placement services to over 500 students from all over Collier County, Florida.

Chapman's reflections offer a unique perspective on growing an independent school and serve as a blueprint for alternative ways to approach acquisition as a growth strategy.


What comes with the case study?

1. Watch the video or listen to it as a podcast.

Watch Dennis Chapman share The Village School of Naples' unique twist on mergers and acquisition. The interview is available as a podcast as well!

2. Interview transcript

For the note-takers at heart: Dive into our detailed interview transcript and jot down your insights.

3. Discussion prompts

Dive into the lessons at your next team meeting using a set of curated discussion prompts. Dig deeper into how The Village School's experience relates to your school and spark meaningful conversations to drive progress.

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