Strategic Plan

Winter, 2010

To the ASL community,

By its nature, a strategic plan looks to the future and establishes the goals and aspirations that allow an institution to reach new heights.  A school’s strategic plan sets the priorities and identifies the strategies that will help it provide the very best education for its students.

Over the past 18 months, representatives of the ASL Board of Trustees, the administration, faculty, staff and parents have been gathering information, debating alternatives, setting aspirations and considering ways ASL should evolve to meet future needs and challenges. The Strategic Plan now being presented is the culmination of this work. The plan identifies areas that are priorities for the School in the next three to five years and recommends specific initiatives that can be undertaken to strengthen and enhance ASL. While any strategic plan is a living document requiring continuous review and reflection, this plan provides a roadmap to move the School forward. The administration is now charged with its implementation.

The strategic planning process is always about the future, but it necessarily reflects both the past and the present situation of the School. One outcome of this process is confirmation that we start from a position of great strength. We have an outstanding faculty and administration, and a community of responsible and engaged students. We have sound financial health and the beginnings of what we hope will become a sizable endowment. We are in the fortunate position of being able to aspire to achieve even greater heights.

Our work on this plan has been inevitably colored by the economic climate of the past two years as well as our acknowledgment that the world around us is changing. We recognize the need to consider the School’s role and position in an increasingly global and economically diverse world, and some of the new strategic goals reflect this: the importance of providing our students with a global perspective and an authentic commitment to character, service and leadership, and the need to ensure that our community remains inclusive and diverse. Other goals reflect our thoughts on how to provide appropriate facilities to meet our future needs and how best to preserve and enhance our financial stability.

Ultimately, however, every goal and each strategic initiative identified represents our most important priority – to ensure that we best meet the educational needs of our students and successfully fulfill the School’s mission. Through this plan, we are continuing ASL’s evolution as a truly unique and outstanding educational institution in the heart of a great international city.

Lori E. Fields
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Coreen R. Hester
Head of School

Caroline M. Clark
Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee

Michael P. Spies
Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee

The ASL Strategic Plan was adopted in 2010, and identifies areas that are priorities for the School in the next three to five years.View a copy of the ASL Strategic Plan.

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