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Strategic Plan

Where we are going

A new Strategic Plan, adopted by the Board of Trustees in May 2019, will guide the continuing evolution of The Seven Hills School over the next five years. Progress is well underway in these, the six main pillars of the plan:

  • Ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of the school’s rich and varied program.  
  • Maintaining the excellence of the faculty and staff.
  • Realizing fully our commitment of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Shaping new, future-focused programs to prepare students for a rapidly changing world.
  • Sustaining a school culture that supports students’ physical and emotional health and well-being.
  • Enhancing facilities to support a comprehensive and innovative program.


Our Strategic Goals

Financial Stability Goals

  • Rebuild Lower and Middle School enrollment.
  • Become the market leader in partnering with families to keep the school affordable.


Initial Implementation Steps

  • Develop sharper value propositions to differentiate Seven Hills from other local options.
  • Aggressively market affordability and the “flexible tuition” concept.
  • Develop strategies to strengthen retention at key exit points.
  • Develop strategies to attract and retain a more diverse student population.
  • Fund significant increases in the financial aid budget.
  • Continue to control costs across all areas of operation.
  • Leverage facilities and explore expanding services to drive new revenue.


  • Attract and retain the most talented and committed teachers available.
  • Sustain the most congenial, collaborative work environment possible.
  • Incentivize creativity and innovation in program and pedagogies.


Initial Implementation Steps

  • Provide compensation and benefits, competitive with the strongest independent schools in our region.
  • Strengthen relationships within and among school divisions.
  • Support wellness and work/life balance for faculty and staff.
  • Create and support faculty teams to research and design curricular innovations.
  • Leverage professional development funds and curriculum grants to stimulate creativity and innovation.


  • Realize fully our commitment of diversity, equity, and inclusion.,


Initial Implementation Steps

  • Continue to build the diversity of our student population.
  • Recruit, support, and retain an administration, faculty and staff, whose diversity aligns more closely with NAIS benchmarks for peer schools in our region.
  • Provide on-going faculty training to ensure that all teachers have the necessary skills to work effectively and confidently with colleagues, students, and families from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Enrich the curriculum to ensure that students at all levels have opportunities to explore the rich diversity of human experience and view the world from a wide variety of perspectives.
  • Design mechanisms to engender greater student buy-in and empower students, in all four divisions, to take responsibility for sustaining an inclusive and equitable community.


  • Develop curricular and co-curricular experiences to foster global awareness, civic engagement, and meaningful interdisciplinary problem-solving.
  • Build out opportunities for student leadership, work, and entrepreneurship experience within and beyond the Seven Hills community.
  • Review curriculum and teaching practices through the lens of diversity and inclusion to promote cultural competency.
  • Develop a more systematic approach to promote digital literacy.
  • Build out STEM offerings to include some high-end, culminating problem-solving projects, fusing coding, engineering, and robotics. 


Initial Implementation Steps

  • Focus professional development and curriculum development grants to create interdisciplinary learning experiences that focus on contemporary issues and foster civic engagement.
  • Design and support co-curricular programs to foster student leadership and entrepreneurship.
  • Develop strategic partnerships to exploit, even more fully, the educational resources of Cincinnati for “real world learning.”
  • Review curriculum offerings through the lens of diversity and inclusion and make modifications where necessary.
  • Develop a scope and sequence of necessary technology skills and a strategy to integrate it into the curriculum.


  • Sustain a culture that fully supports students’ physical and emotional health and well-being.
  • Sustain and build upon the strong sense of community that defines Seven Hills.


Initial Implementation Steps

  • Develop strategies for reducing student stress/workload and creating a more balanced experience.
  • Refine the new programs in social and emotional learning and develop a plan to assess the growth in students’ non-cognitive skills.
  • Build out programs to foster independence and the life skills necessary for a successful transition to college.
  • Leverage new facilities to showcase student achievements and to build community through the arts and athletics.
  • Create shared experiences to bring together students from the two Lower School divisions (Doherty and Lotspeich).
  • Develop a plan to reconfigure the Middle School facility to build closer grade-level communities.
  • Develop an approach to dining that supports community-building and student entrepreneurship.
  • Develop common grade-level academic experiences, possible extensions of the May Term, and peer leadership programs to build community in the Upper School.


  • Continue to improve educational facilities so that they fully support the school’s ambitious mission and program.


Initial Implementation Steps

  • Develop a Master Site plan for the Doherty campus and prioritize the plan for implementation.
  • Develop a space utilization plan to maximize the impact of spaces freed up by construction of the Schiff Center and Fieldhouse, including:
    • New fine and digital arts studio space
    • Gathering space to support a new model for dining, to optimize efficiency, nutrition, and community building.
    • State-of-the-art STEM spaces for Middle and Upper School
    • Additional tennis courts
  • Expand and renovate the Middle School to meet more fully the academic and social needs of Middle School learners.
  • Explore facility adjustments to accommodate growing Early Childhood enrollment.
  • Evaluate need for additional parking in the light of new facilities.
  • Develop a plan to make the school’s facilities more energy efficient and reduce our carbon footprint.