In September 2013 following 16 months of thoughtful, research-driven collaboration of a diverse group of community stakeholders—faculty, staff, parents, students, and volunteer leaders—Parker’s Board of Trustees approved a working Strategic Plan (The Plan).
The Plan provides a roadmap for ensuring that students develop personal traits and qualities essential for success—not only in college, but throughout their adult lives. The objective of the Plan is to position each student to reach “as far as the mind can see” through an unwavering commitment to achieving excellence in all facets of academic life.
Over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year, we assumed the task of reviewing The Plan: first, to celebrate successes achieved; second, to modify and strengthen each of the eight original pillars as necessary and appropriate.
Predictably, progress/success in some of the initiatives has been more pronounced than in others. Namely, we have identified a viable on-site parking solution; dedicated classroom space for a Parker Design Laboratory; and redefined the daily schedule and annual calendar to support academics, arts, and athletics. That said, there is additional important work to be done.
The updated version of the Plan has consolidated all aspects of the 2013 version, focusing on seven core goals: inspiring excellence in teaching, program, and curriculum; enriching the student experience; celebrating Parker’s identity; fostering a culture of philanthropy; reaffirming our commitment to inclusivity; ensuring financial sustainability; and expanding our public purpose.
Our work on The Plan review was inspired in large measure by feedback received from trustees, faculty, staff, students, parents, and volunteer leaders. In particular, the results of the 2017 parent survey administered by Ian Symmonds and Associates reaffirmed a commitment to those components that arguably matter most. Interestingly and of special note, the survey revealed that when asked about the determining factors in choosing Parker, the top five responses submitted by families were: quality of faculty; academic rigor; character development; breadth of curriculum; and access to faculty.
Included on this website, you will find the updated and Board of Trustees approved version of the Parker Strategic Plan which we believe will redouble a sense of pride and purpose as we continue “to create and inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective, and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.” To turn an old phrase, there are more good things to come. Of that, we are supremely confident.