St. George’s Independent School, located in Memphis, Tenn., is structured with a unique one-school/ three-campus model. The students from both the urban and suburban PK- 5 lower school campuses unite into one class at the middle/upper school campus, a model grounded in a strategic plan objective of “transformative diversity."
Independent schools like St. George’s have to factor in a lot of “marvelous and interesting complexities,” according to Associate Head of School Will Bladt. While St. George’s educational model is unique in the United States, one part of keeping any school running smoothly comes down to having the right course material provider.
Before ultimately choosing to partner with MBS Direct, St. George’s Collierville campus (Middle and Upper Schools) went through several providers. One was a local company that went out of business. Another operated on a larger scale, but had disappointing results for the school.
“Our last provider was really the worst of both worlds,” said Bladt. “We had to distribute most things and when something went wrong, it was our problem. Our prior experiences make offering a single student portal [with MBS Direct] very attractive, with distribution taken care of in a streamlined process.”
In addition to the easy ordering process, the school will also decide exactly what types of course materials they’ll be offering, and can choose to turn off options that aren’t appropriate for their students and families.
“We can hone in and customize what we sell based on what will work best for our school and parents,” said Bladt.
“Another feature that’s really appealing to us is the EZ Drop buyback. With our previous provider, our students would wait in line, only to learn that they were going to receive less back than they thought they would. With MBS Direct, there won’t be any surprises — because everything except the drop-off is online, students and families can see in advance what they’ll be getting. ”
Because St. George’s also stresses the importance of experiential learning, it was important to find a partner who could help sculpt the right solution for the school.
“We were looking for a provider that would be very proactive with us, with a workflow built for our school and a process that fit with what we needed,” Bladt said. “We found these factors, as well as a commitment to a strong partnership, with MBS Direct.“