Strategic Plan
2016

For more than 130 years, Breck School has been preparing students to make the world a better place. Rooted in Episcopal values and in the spirit of perpetual learning, our progressive approach to education pushes us to review our past, to reflect on our present and to reimagine our future. The following strategic plan provides an outline for moving us forward, beginning with declarations of who we are and what we know to be true.

We are a community of lifelong learners and teachers, innovators and scholars, artists and athletes, servant leaders and independent thinkers boldly engaged in transforming lives and the world beyond our doors.

  • We know that learning is not a spectator sport.
  • We know that strong leaders serve the common good.
  • We know that self-reflection sets the stage for action.
  • We know that diversity and multiple perspectives enrich us all.
  • We know that success happens when we have a safe place to fail.
  • We know that thoughtful questions lead to deeper understanding.

Our Core Pillars

Breck Culture

Academic Innovation

Student Experience

Faculty

Financial Stewardship

Breck Culture

Our community is warm, open and inclusive of all backgrounds and all faiths.

Short-term goals

  • Reimagine what diversity and multicultural education mean to the Breck community
  • Deepen understanding of implicit/unexamined bias for search committees, faculty and staff
  • Investigate and initiate academic activities related to equity and social justice
  • Assess the perception and understanding of the value of our Episcopal identity

Long-term goals

  • Maintain our commitment to the diversity of our student body and continually work to create an inclusive environment for all of our students, families and faculty
  • Measurably increase the diversity of faculty and staff so that it reflects our student/family diversity by 2019
  • Continue to promote individual spiritual discovery that is respectful of all, as taught in the Episcopal tradition

Potential future goals

  • Endow scholarships to ensure that financial need is not a barrier to entry

Academic Innovation

Our curriculum is robust, dynamic and nationally recognized, with individual pathways to success.

Short-term goals

  • Foster and elevate academic collaboration and innovation
  • Review and revise our daily schedule to ensure that it meets the needs of our students and faculty
  • Expand opportunities for faculty to teach and observe each other
  • Maximize the capabilities of the Peter Clark Center for Teaching & Learning by fostering student self-knowledge and self-advocacy, enriching and inspiring faculty, and engaging parents
  • Assess the Lower School curriculum and programming to enrich the student experience and attract prospective families

Long-term goals

  • Create a more consistent, coherent and seamless curricular experience across divisions
  • Establish a curriculum review process that encourages broad participation and innovation
  • Develop a vigorous, customizable curriculum

Potential future goals

  • Establish professional learning communities for exchange and sharing both within and across divisions

Student Experience

Our students are active and reflective, critical and accepting, self-aware and socially conscious.

Short-term goals

  • Expand opportunities for student voice and ongoing feedback about student experience in the classroom and on campus
  • Strengthen communication to students and families about resources and available support
  • Generate student-led community building events for parents and students
  • Incorporate focus on self-advocacy, leadership, stress management and balance across the curriculum
  • Identify gaps in curricular alignment and transition points
  • Examine homework, looking at quantity, efficacy and necessity
  • Evaluate the possibility of extending after-school sports options to grades 5 & 6

Long-term goals

  • Build and promote a P-12 comprehensive student support model for learning, wellness and life skills
  • Using the recent Sustainability Audit as a guide, investigate ways for students to help Breck become a more environmentally aware community

Potential future goals

  • Interview and survey young alumni to determine what our graduates need for college and early-career years
  • Review possibilities for change and growth within our signature Community Service program

Faculty

Our faculty are valued, vibrant, talented, diverse and challenged to excel.

Short-term goals

  • Recruit broadly and boldly, seeking both best fit and greatest talent
  • Expand partnerships with teacher preparation programs that focus on diverse candidates
  • Identify and create partnerships with leading professional development programs
  • Examine current teaching loads in the Middle and Upper Schools
  • Establish a participatory evaluation process that focuses on assessment and growth
  • Explore opportunities to enrich the teaching experience for our faculty

Long-term goals

  • Ensure that Breck faculty are viewed as leaders in the independent school community

Potential future goals

  • Create fellowship programs for faculty of color and establish professional pipelines

Financial Stewardship

Our financial model is transparent, sustainable and aspirational, encouraging broad participation.

Short-term goals

  • Clearly and effectively communicate our financial model with the Breck community
  • Focus on building and strengthening relationships with our current and future donors
  • Continue to maintain a balanced budget
  • Assess our P-12 enrollment model

Long-term goals

  • Investigate tuition models that will support the Breck strategic plan initiatives now and for the future
  • Survey different funding models for long-term programs and capital projects
  • Broaden and increase philanthropic support

Potential future goals

  • Continue to grow the endowment

Breck School
763.381.8100
123 Ottawa Ave N
Golden Valley, MN 55422

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