Academic Excellence Initiatives

  1. Initiative 1

    Ensure that the K-12 curriculum is effective, unified, connected, and sequential.
    • Assistant Head for Academics and Innovation position created.
    • Academic Council established, bringing together faculty and administrators from all three divisions. Have completed the St. Paul’s Student Profile and have drafted learning narratives for all three divisions.
    • New Mastery Behaviors and Habits Rubric, new requirements for Headmaster’s List have raised the academic bar in the Middle School
    • Grade 4 to 5 and Grade 8 to 9 Transition Group established.
    • K-12 Curriculum Review cycle established for all disciplines across the three divisions.
    • Creation of Academic Council task teams focusing on Technology Integration and Curriculum Review.
  2. Initiative 2

    Provide students with practical and authentic learning opportunities through local and global partnerships with schools and universities, corporations, and municipalities.
    • Student internships established at 21st Century Engineering Group and Strajillion.
  1. Initiative 3

    Offer innovative programs that foster collaborative global learning, entrepreneurial and creative thinking, and opportunities for problem-based learning.
    • Establishment of Sprouts community garden in Lower School courtyard provides hands-on learning for students in all divisions.
    • New partnership established with Rikkyo school in Japan.
    • Upper School students to take summer trip to American Southwest, studying region’s history, environment and geology.
    • Full-time Global Exchange Coordinator hired.

Coordination Initiatives

  1. Initiative 1

    Employ all levels of leadership to seek and embrace opportunities to work cooperatively to promote educational excellence.
    • Online Learning Management System enables students in coordinated classes to seamlessly access all course materials.
    • A Grade 4 to Grade 5 transition group has been formed to better understand how SP can work together more effectively with SPSG to prepare girls for Middle School.
    • Ongoing joint retreats of combined SP/SPSG administrative teams have led to greater cooperation and collaboration.
    • Administrators hold regularly scheduled meetings with their SPSG counterparts.
    • Joint SP/SPSG professional development day held in October 2016.
  2. Initiative 2

    Work cooperatively to identify ways to expand and integrate student life experiences.
    • Joint Dean of the Arts hired to ensure arts program is fully coordinated and provides best possible curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students at both schools.
    • SPSG students taking classes in all IB disciplines at St. Paul’s.
    • Joint College Counseling nights held in the Arts and for Case Study Night.
  3. Initiative 3

    Continue to work cooperatively to enhance the operational efficiency of both schools.
    • Approved revised schedule to fully align SP and SPSG on daily basis.
    • Initiated joint campus security project.
    • Initiated shared campus-wide signage project.
    • Shared technology initiatives including Magnus online health records and Senior Systems cloud based access.
  1. Initiative 4

    Initiate co-marketing efforts to increase enrollment and retention, as well as coordinate and strengthen internal and external communications.
    • Held joint admissions events for applicants from key feeder schools.
    • Designed and launched coordinated websites.
    • Wrote, designed, and produced coordinated Admissions materials that tell a cohesive K-12 story for male and female applicants alike.
    • Coordinate on content and timing of all internal communications, and collaborate on external media relations, as with the One Love event.

Diversity Initiatives

  1. Initiative 1

    Broadly define diversity to include gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, internationalism, and cultural orientation, physical disability and sexual orientation.
    • Definition of diversity accepted by Board and School administration.
  2. Initiative 2

    Establish and achieve specific goals for diverse representation within the board, administration, faculty, staff and student population.
    • Board Diversity Subcommittee formed.
  1. Initiative 3

    Develop programs to support diversity goals, including growing under-represented groups on campus.
    • K-12 Diversity Committee established, with 4 meetings held
    • Inclusivity survey of all parents and Upper School students completed
    • New inclusivity statement drafted and approved
    • Establishment of alumni mentoring group to support currently enrolled African-American students

Episcopal Tradition Initiatives

  1. Initiative 1

    Build upon our Episcopal foundation and celebrate our historic connections with Old St. Paul’s Church.
    • Annual Service of Lessons & Carols, as well as the Upper School Winter Choral Concert, held at Old St. Paul’s.
    • New faculty visit Old St. Paul’s during their orientation and learn about the Church’s founding role.
    • Old St. Paul’s Choral Director is a St. Paul’s faculty member.
    • Website and new Admissions materials highlight faith tradition as key to St. Paul’s educational experience.
  2. Initiative 2

    Expand our existing commitment to character development across each division.
    • Lower School has increased emphasis on the Character Counts program.
    • Public Honor Statement signing during Upper School Chapel.
  3. Initiative 3

    Integrate religious and spiritual formation more fully into the curriculum.
    • Conducted curricular review of Religious Studies, resulting in the addition of a new Upper School “Religion and Film” class, and the return of a 6th Grade Religious Studies class
  1. Initiative 4

    Strive for school worship that is creative, inclusive and draws fully upon the liturgical resources of the Episcopal Church.
    • Middle School has expanded its Thursday morning Chapel service, and faith is a formative part of the life of the division.
  2. Initiative 5

    Elevate service learning activities across School divisions and ensure they are unified and connected.
    • This work is ongoing and expanding, with the school-wide Thanksgiving food drive that generated an unprecedented amount of donations as an example.

Faculty Excellence Initiatives

  1. Initiative 1

    Retain a diverse and highly qualified faculty within all divisions of the School to support and extend the excellent academic program.
    • Capital Campaign establishes as a priority support for faculty across the career arc: Recruit, Retain, Reward from early career to end of career.
    • Expand recruitment efforts among HBCUs, at Morgan State, and attend NAIS Diversity hiring fair.
  2. Initiative 2

    Invest in professional development that enables teachers to improve their capabilities and clearly identify a path to continue their careers at St. Paul’s.
    • Preliminary capital campaign discussions focusing on fully funding a faculty professional growth program.
    • Academic Council finalized and approved a school wide Faculty Profile.
    • Capital campaign establishes as priority fully funding a faculty professional growth program.
    • Submission of grant proposal to E.E. Ford Foundation to fund instructional coaching program for Upper School teachers.
    • Creation of Academic Council task teams focusing on: Teacher Evaluation and Professional Development.
  1. Initiative 3

    Recruit faculty using traditional as well innovative techniques that ensure our access to superior candidates.

Financial Sustainability Initiatives

  1. Initiative 1

    Establish optimal enrollment targets by division, and invest the resources necessary to merit a high level of demand for a St. Paul’s education.
    • Kindergarten Task Force conducts research project to determine audiences and key messages. Targets these audiences with digital marketing initiative in support of Lower School enrollment.
    • Expanded merit scholarship program to ensure it provides greatest possible net tuition, while attracting most highly qualified students.
    • Achieved significant reduction in attrition rate.
  2. Initiative 2

    Strategically invest in the people, programs and infrastructure necessary to support academic and extra-curricular excellence across all three divisions.
    • Campus Master Plan to guide campus development for the next decade nearly completed.
    • Administrative team completes discussion of program priorities to be included in upcoming Capital Campaign.
  3. Initiative 3

    Exercise best-practice financial management across all facets of the school to control costs and ensure the competitiveness of St. Paul’s in the marketplace.
  1. Initiative 4

    Plan and implement a capital campaign to raise operating and capital resources to support program innovation and endowment funds to sustain the long-term excellence of our people and programs.
    • Capital Campaign in leadership phase, making steady progress in first year.

Governance Initiatives

  1. Initiative 1

    The Board will review its own structure and actively engage its responsibilities to accomplish St. Paul’s mission and goals.
  2. Initiative 2

    The Board will consult with and advise the headmaster in matters material to the overall experience at St. Paul’s School.
  1. Initiative 3

    The Board and administrators will embrace corporate, educational, and community partners to enhance operational efficiency, the learning environment and opportunities within all School programs and activities.