Graduation & Retention

At FLSM, we value the opportunity to offer high quality massage education to students of widely varied ages and backgrounds - professional, educational, and cultural. When practicing massage, students work in pairs, giving and receiving the work of the day. In the massage classes, at least two and often four instructors are present, offering active mentoring during student practice. Students remain in their groups throughout their time at FLSM, providing consistency and the opportunity to develop close working relationships that frequently endure long past school. Students also have the opportunity to work one-to-one with an instructor during the program.

In all classes, emphasis is placed on the value of individual needs within the learning process. Meaningful student-teacher contact is essential to learning at FLSM; our low student-teacher ratios (15:1 lab 30:1 lecture) facilitates personal attention and intentional presence in the classroom.

In addition, and central to our educational philosophy at FLSM is the idea that each person learns visually, auditorily, and kinesthetically with varying degrees of immediacy. Therefore, the curriculum is presented in all three modes, with inventive activities incorporated into each class. Students are encouraged to notice how they learn best and to work with the resources of the school to maximize their learning experience.

The effective pedagogical practices described above promote the wellbeing of students, teachers and the school community, even as they improve student and teacher confidence and retention.

Below are our retention / graduation rates for all program starts within the time period of September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2016 at our Ithaca and Mount Kisco campuses.

Ithaca Campus




Had a completion rate of 89%. Programs included in this rate are September 2015, October 2015, January 2016, April 2016, June 2016.

Mt. Kisco Campus




Had a completion rate of 89%. Programs included in this rate are September 2015, October 2015, November 2015, January 2016, April 2016, June 2016.

The transfer rate for this time period for both the Ithaca and Mount Kisco campuses was < 1%. The next report will be issued for program starts that fall within the following time period: September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017

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