STRATEGIC PLAN 2020-2023
Having successfully completed our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, AHS made the decision to embark on a three-year Strategic Plan in order to focus and complete significant initiatives already underway from our previous plan.
Our 2020-2023 Strategic Plan is rooted in a strong foundation: our Catholic identify and the Mercy charism that enlivens everything that we do. Having recently celebrated the 65th anniversary of Assumption High School, we affirm that these core elements of our identity remain unchanged. Our Catholic faith grounds us as the Mercy charism guides us – yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Likewise, we also affirm our commitment to our mission and vision statements. Through them, we are compelled each day to educate and empower our students to be socially responsible women committed to Gospel living, live-long learning, and leadership and service in society.
Although our commitment to these bedrock principles and statements remains unchanged, the world our students enter upon graduation does not. We are called by the Catholic Church and our founders, the Sisters of Mercy, to faithful citizenship as we work for social justice, especially in the areas of non-violence, anti-racism, immigration, care for the earth, and women. While our commitment to preparing our students to affect change in these areas of critical concern, we recognize the importance of continually evaluating our efforts and adapting our programming to a complex, ever-changing world.
Today, the world is calling us and the Gospel is compelling us to look closely at issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As such, Assumption has developed a separate, comprehensive DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) plan that will help us implement our mission and vision in ways that ensure cultural and racial sensitivity.
In short, our Catholic identify and commitment to the Mercy charism are not goals within a strategic plan; they are the rock-solid foundation upon which our plan is built.
There are four key focus areas: Academics, Co-Curriculars, Finances, and Campus. The following is a synopsis of major points under each of the four categories.
- To further elevate the academic achievement of all students.
- Continue to increase ACT scores and National Merit recognition.
- Fully implement Professional Learning Communities that ensure a rigorous academic curriculum, opportunities to gather and analyze data, and capacity for implementing needed interventions to help students excel and achieve.
- Create an innovative school schedule that expands learning opportunities for all students.
- To implement a coordinated LEAD Program that provides enhanced opportunities for all students in the areas of leadership, engagement, advocacy, and direction.
- Develop explicit, formalized leadership development and advocacy education curricula open to all students.
- Ensure engagement of all students in some co-curricular activity or program.
- Enhance the comprehensive advising program that helps students make effective choices about course selection, college and career planning, and personal growth and safety.
- To ensure our financial future by engaging our many constituents, increasing our fundraising, growing our unrestricted and endowed funds, and funding key priorities.
- Fund the campus expansion and grow the endowment.
- Increase tuition assistance and scholarships.
- Strengthen alumnae engagement and grow the annual fund.
- Attract top talent by offering competitive salary and benefits including incentives for teachers of color.
- To address critical space and circulation issues through the completion of a campus expansion.
- Add additional classrooms, chapel, larger cafeteria, kitchen, and accessible main entrance, and complete the connector on all floors.
- Create new Learning Differences Center and Visual Arts Center.
- Expand STEM space.
- Conduct an assessment to identify future facility needs.