Woodland Presbyterian School Launches Ambitious Plan

Woodland Presbyterian School in Memphis, Tennessee launched an ambitious strategic plan this month.  After eight months of thoughtful, research-informed planning, Woodland has created a state-of-the-art strategic plan that will advance the school well into its next chapter. This was perhaps the most comprehensive strategic planning process that the school has undertaken in recent history.

Over the past fifty-seven years Woodland Presbyterian School has educated thousands of students and has prepared graduates for success far beyond her walls. Historically, graduates attend the best independent and public high schools in the Memphis area, and Woodland alumni have been honored as valedictorians and salutatorians at their respective high schools. After attending the best colleges and universities, these students have gone on to become professionals worldwide, including business executives, teachers, doctors, lawyers, professional athletes, and public servants. Woodland continues to provide a school experience that makes a lifelong difference in the lives of our students and prepares them for a world that is constantly changing.

To download a copy of the Woodland strategic plan, please click here to access the file in PDF file format. 

Battle Ground Academy Launches Strategic Plan

Battle Ground Academy, a comprehensive independent school located in Franklin, Tennessee, has launched a landmark strategic plan.  The school spent the 2014-15 academic year deep in strategic planning with ISA, developing an innovative and ambitious plan for the future.  Battle Ground Academy launched the plan this month, after unanimous approval from the steering committee and the board of trustees.  Please click here to download a PDF copy of the plan.

Battle Ground Academy is a unique environment: a school that provides a state-of-the-art, 21st century education in the context of the incredibly rich and vibrant traditions that only 125 years of independent school education can bring.

Character, Scholarship, and Excellence comprise a framework for BGA's educational approach.  Whether it is through the Honor Code that holds their students to a high standard of personal integrity or the engaging challenges that students meet in the classroom, the art studio, or the athletic field, these three characteristics have distinguished a BGA education and BGA graduates since the school’s inception in 1889.

Cultivating Unrivaled Excellence: The Strategic Plan for Jackson Prep

September is the season for strategic plan launches, and ISA has completed several over the past year that are in the process of being shared with school and college communities.  Our long-time client, Jackson Prep (MS), just launched their strategic plan this past month to great fanfare.  The plan - "Cultivating Unrivaled Excellence" - is a deep and ambitious plan that will take Jackson Prep into unchartered territory as a independent school leader in the Southeast.  You can download the plan here.  

VAIS Selects ISA

The Virginia Association of Independent Schools has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for strategic planning services.  Our work will commence this academic year.  We are delighted to welcome VAIS to our client community, joining several other associations.  

The Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) was established at Charlottesville, VA on April 30, 1973, through the merger of the Virginia Association of Preparatory Schools and the Virginia Association of Independent Elementary Schools.  VAIS is a non-profit, voluntary membership association of schools that share compatible philosophies and goals.

VAIS is a service organization that promotes educational, ethical and professional excellence. Since its founding, the stated purposes of the Association have been to promote the well-being of and public regard for independent schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia; to safeguard the interests of these schools in matters of legislation and regulation; to act as an evaluating and accrediting organization for independent schools in Virginia; to foster mutually beneficial relations with the Virginia State Department of Education and other educational agencies; to assist member schools in maintaining standards of excellence; to encourage activities and to exchange information about new methodologies and practices; and to provide community service and leadership.

Saint James School (AL) Selects ISA

Saint James School in Montgomery, Alabama has selected ISA for research and strategic planning services.  Our work with the independent school will commence in October and November.

Saint James is an independent, nonsectarian, college preparatory school with a student body broadly representative of college-bound students. The school is committed to challenging and assisting students in realizing their individual potential and preparing them for lives of responsibility, service, and achievement.  Recently, Saint James School has been named an Apple Distinguished School, a title reserved for learning institutions displaying innovation, leadership and educational excellence.  All Saint James Middle School students receive iPads and high school students receive MacBook Airs. In the early grades, Saint James pre-school and elementary students have ready access to iPod Touches, iPads, and MacBooks.  

As a result of its technology program, Saint James is the only school in Alabama to offer students unique electives that introduce them to college studies before they ever even graduate from high school. Students may select from one of 15 “pre-college major” electives, such as Robotics and Pre- Engineering, Pre-Law, Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, Music Technology, and Graphic Design.

French American School of Puget Sound Selects ISA

The French American School of Puget Sound has selected ISA to conduct and complete strategic planning during the 2015-16 academic year.  We will commence our work together in September.

The French American School of Puget Sound (FASPS) offers a dual language program in French and English that exposes students from YPK to Grade 8 to the best of the French and American educational systems.  The school is accredited by the French Ministry of Education, which ensures that the program aligns with French national objectives pedagogically, procedurally, and practically. Students who leave FASPS are able to attend accredited French schools in France or anywhere else in the world.

FASPS is no stranger to ISA.  We completed a highly successful strategic plan for the school just five years ago which drove the school financially and pragmatically.  We are excited to get back on campus to partner again with this outstanding school.

What's Happening and What's the Impact?

What environmental trends or market forces are you experiencing?  And, what's the impact on your planning and strategy for the upcoming year?  Take the time to share so that others can benefit.

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