Strategic Plan 2012

Five years into the life of Marin Country Day School, the school song debuted, celebrating “A spirit always surging, with learning ever there, a school with moving purpose...”

This lyric is as apt today as it was in 1962. As we embark upon the next period of our school’s life, we must look forward with purpose. But we must also look back and acknowledge the steady path our school has followed for the past 57 years. It is this encompassing vision that lies at the heart of the recently completed MCDS Strategic Plan 2012, The Arc of Alignment: Mindful Steps.

Building on the work accomplished by our community in implementing Strategic Plans 2000 and 2006, the next five years will continue to establish MCDS as an academically and socially vibrant place for children, families, faculty, and staff.

The past two strategic plans each built on the school’s rich traditions to reinforce the excellence of its curriculum while connecting the community more deeply to the greater world.

With this plan, our community takes mindful steps to align the three key elements that define a sustainable, responsible institution providing a distinctive education: program, community, and financial sustainability.

Program: We will develop an integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program for grades K-8 to strengthen core academic skills. Concurrently, we will explore ways in which 21st century skills such as design thinking and mindfulness can help our students build the capacity for innovation and creativity.

Community: We will develop and cultivate cultural competency skills, K-8, that will help us communicate effectively across a range of human experience and difference. And we will establish the environment and methods for honing these skills in the classrooms, on the playing fields, and outside of the school.

Financial Sustainability: MCDS is committed to thinking broadly and creatively about every aspect of our operating model. We will look for new revenue opportunities beyond tuition, philanthropy, and endowment, which would both improve our finances and expand our mission.

As we have successfully blended the best of the progressive and traditional educational models, we now aspire with moving purpose to blend the best of our past with the needs of our future. Strategic Plan 2012 begins with academic excellence realized through a broadly diverse and inclusive community. Our students’ academic achievement will be enhanced by learning to communicate across differences, to master technology, to practice mindfulness and to bring academic ideas to life through problem-solving and action. Thus equipped, MCDS students can use their unique perspectives to work collaboratively, to design and innovate, and to envision, create, and sustain a better world.

Work on this plan began with the Board of Trustees’ annual retreat in October 2011. A Strategic Planning Implementation Committee was formed to develop a process and sequence for collecting community input, crafting the plan itself, and developing action steps for implementation. The plan was presented and ratified by the Board in December 2012. In early 2013, implementation work required to realize the plan’s vision will commence with the active involvement of many members of our community.

You can read Strategic Plan 2012 here.

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