In 2009 Vermont Commons School, led by the Board of Trustees, began developing our first Strategic Plan. The process involved participation and input from all of our key constituencies: students, parents, alumni, faculty, administrators, key community partners, and trustees. The result was a cohesive, sound, and exciting plan built upon four pillars: Programs, Community Engagement, Financial Stewardship, and Facilities. These four tenets, along with the Mission and Vision, served to guide all decisions about the future of the school.
In the the implementation of that initial Strategic Plan, among other achievements, the school accomplished the following:
- The NEASC (New England Association of Schools & Colleges) accreditation process
- Four phases of the facilities plan, from the purchase of our school building to multiple major renovations
- A 10 year financial plan that supported the needs of our program while ensuring the long-term financial well being of the school
- An updated curriculum of the core subjects ensuring reflection of the school’s Mission, parity with the best progressive independent school education in the country, and preparation of our students for informed, active, meaningful lives.
Since that time, the Board of Trustees has moved to a rolling strategic plan. At the Board Retreat in the fall of 2021, the Trustees made appropriate updates to the rolling plan, with the Strategic Plan now in place including these six strategic goals:
- Advance financial sustainability.
- Pursue optimal enrollment.
- Develop and implement a 10-year master facilities plan.
- Advance diversity/equity/inclusion/justice initiatives.
- Pursue environmentally sustainable programming, facilities management and faculty/staff
- Provide strategic growth of programming, faculty and administration in order to sustainably meet
the initiatives above.