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Strategic Plan

Where we are going

The overall purpose of planning is to serve students and families better, enhance the school’s program, and strengthen its market position. This can be accomplished with a few well thought out initiatives that align strategy and vision to the school’s mission:

  • Restoring the Lower School to full enrollment, sustaining full enrollment in Middle School, and modestly increasing enrollment in the Upper School.
  • Enhancing the uniquely inclusive culture of Seven Hills by reaffirming the school’s commitment to enrolling a diverse and engaged student body.
  • Sustaining the excellence of the faculty and staff.
  • Focusing on shaping new programs within all four divisions in order to remain competitive and to meet the evolving needs of students.
  • Addressing significant facilities issues so all of these programs can flourish.

 

Our Goals

Accordion

  • Invest in faculty to ensure the evolution of engaging curriculum, future-focused teaching methodologies, and the ability to attract and retain the strongest teachers from a national pool.
  • Ensure both access and full enrollment of well-qualified applicants through the judicious use of financial aid and merit scholarships.
  • Sustain the curricular emphasis on fostering such future-focused skills as critical thinking, creativity and innovation, and collaboration.
  • Foster real world learning by strengthening career exploration, service learning, and leadership opportunities.
  • Nurture individual talents by:
    • Developing a signature program to guide students toward opportunities to specialize, both at school and beyond.
    • Enhancing opportunities in the fine and performing arts and athletics.
  • Expand the early childhood program to include a two-year-old program on both campuses and to support enriching the all-day curriculum.
  • Build a new, state-of-the art, early childhood education facility on the Hillsdale campus to support more robust enrollment in the Lower School.
  • Expand the array of meaningful after-school enrichment activities.
  • Provide an enhanced world language experience.
  • Build a new Middle School facility designed to support grade level social structures, interdisciplinary, project-based learning, and the use of instructional technology.
  • Enhance the advisory program in Middle School to provide opportunities to explore age-appropriate social and emotional issues and nurture self-advocacy and civic engagement.
  • Engage students in better understanding their own learning styles and provide on-going faculty training to help students develop strategies to maximize their learning.
  • Develop a strategy to coordinate the Lower and Middle School language programs.
  • Enhance the social and programmatic richness of the Upper School by modestly increasing enrollment, while maintaining traditional class sizes and faculty/student ratios.
  • Engage students in sustained, interdisciplinary explorations of issues of global, national and local significance.
  • Institute a coordinated program to promote meaningful engagement beyond Seven Hills, including career exploration and internships, community involvement and service learning, leadership training and entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Develop a signature program to help students identify special, individual interests and to guide them toward opportunities to specialize, both at school and beyond.
  • Expand course offerings in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects.
  • Build a multi-purpose performing arts facility to provide both ample classroom and rehearsal space for a rapidly-expanding performing arts program as well as a suitable performance and gathering space for the Seven Hills community.
  • Provide a wide range of visual and performing arts courses and electives, with an emphasis on student-led, performance-based experiences.
  • Support the exploration and implementation of appropriate technology and innovative technical practices throughout the arts program.
  • Provide adequate support for the musical theater program in Middle School and explore the feasibility of a similar program in Upper School.
  • Explore the feasibility of establishing a dance program.
  • Build a new Lower Field complex with turfed surfaces and reallocated field space to maximize access to practice and game space and allow for more teams.
  • Explore additional team opportunities, especially in the winter season, based on student interest.
  • Sustain the excellence of our coaching staff by providing on-going evaluation, professional training, support, and program coordination for volunteer and staff coaches.