Background – The Strategic Planning Process
In the summer of 2016, St. George Episcopal School (SGES or School) in conjunction with its Board of Directors (BOD) initiated the of the SGES strategic planning process by evaluating several strategic planning resources, including consultants, to assist in the development of a strategic plan. Ultimately, SGES decided to conduct an analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges using a strategic planning stakeholder survey (involving parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and administrators of SGES; members of the BOD; and St. George Episcopal Church (Church) vestry members (Vestry) and parishioners) and retain The Rev. David A. Madison, D.Min. , Executive Director of the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools, as a consultant to facilitate the strategic planning process. In early September 2016, Rev. Madison hosted a series of phone consultations and facilitated an onsite retreat leading the BOD and key members of the administrative team through a series of conversations and interactive learning sessions, including “Current Trends in Episcopal Education,” “Start With Why,” “Playing to Win,” “Defining the Why,” “Winning Aspirations,” and “Articulating Potential Focus Areas for Strategic Thinking at SGES.” As a result of these conversations and sessions with Rev. Madison, and utilizing the analysis from the strategic planning stakeholder survey, retreat participants were able to identify, define, and articulate the strategic areas of focus for SGES outlined in this document.
Building on this foundation, the BOD and key members of the administrative team met throughout the academic year to develop and further refine elements of the strategic plan by identifying and articulating the specific strategic objectives and initiatives and tactics with corresponding measures associated with each area of focus, as briefly outlined below and more fully set forth in the following chart and tables.
SGES Areas of Strategic Focus
- Making Christ real to others
- Maintaining a strong Church/School ministry partnership
- Marketing the St. George story
- Providing a world class education of body, mind, and spirit
SGES Strategic Objectives
(What we hope to accomplish.)
SGES Initiatives and Tactics with Considerations and Measurements
(How we intend to accomplish the strategic objectives and evaluate achievement of the objectives)