During the summer of 2019, the Board of Governors and School leadership formally kicked-off the planning process for the next Strategic Plan for St. Christopher’s. This process is being led by our Board, as stewards and fiduciaries of our institution.
One of the first steps of the process was to survey our community. Nearly 900 parents, faculty and staff, Board members, and alumni participated in a Strategic Planning survey, providing essential insight into the community’s opinion of our school’s core characteristics, strengths, and areas of opportunity.
The results affirm that the mission of St. Christopher’s School is as vibrant and impactful today as it was more than 100 years ago when Dr. Chamberlayne founded a small school for boys focused on academic challenge, athletic and artistic participation, and spiritual growth, with an emphasis on honor and integrity above all else.
The surveys revealed opportunities for St. Christopher’s to enhance its mission delivery through further defining distinctive aspects of our academic and co-curricular program, continued emphasis on strengthening community and inclusion within and beyond our campus, and a focus on thoughtful stewardship of the School’s most precious resources—our people, programs, and physical plant.
We have developed seven Task Force groups that will study these findings and other data points and will ultimately offer a series of recommendations and action steps to both the Strategic Planning Committee and the Board in the spring of 2020.
Our original timeline called for publication of the new Strategic Plan by the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
With the impact of COVID, as well as important movements and conversations taking place regarding matters of racial and social justice, we decided to pause the strategic planning process until this fall.
Over the past several weeks, our task force chairs have dutifully finalized their recommendations to both the Strategic Planning Committee and to the Board of Governors, which will review and consider their reports at the end of this month. We intend to launch the new Strategic Plan by the end of this calendar year. We are grateful to our Strategic Planning Committee Chair Karen Welch and the entire committee for all of their time, thoughtful deliberation, and dedication to St. Christopher’s.