Developing a shared vision for Emma Willard School began the day Head of School Jenny Rao arrived on campus. The work culminates in Leading with Purpose, our newly adopted strategic plan, designed to guide our school for the next five years.
What started with careful listening and fresh-eyed examination of every facet of the school quickly grew to include a formalized, inclusive process soliciting input from hundreds of members of the Emma family, on campus and around the world. The result? Inspired initiatives that show how we will recommit to our mission within five broad areas that touch every aspect of the school.
Each of these overarching categories defines an area in which teams are sharpening, refining, and organizing action plans. Together, we will chart a deliberate path forward for our historic institution—one that will ensure not only educational excellence, but also a healthier, more connected community and fiscal strength for years to come.
Approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2021, the strategic plan is a living document that will chart our course moving forward. The details of how we achieve this vision will continue to evolve as concepts are tested and new opportunities emerge.
LEADING WITH PURPOSE: PRIORITIES
PRIORITY 1: LEARNING Nurture a learning environment defined by creativity, deep inquiry, and wellbeing.
PRIORITY 2: TEACHING Cultivate faculty excellence and curricular innovation.
PRIORITY 3: BELONGING Value and affirm each person in a community that reflects the world.
PRIORITY 4: CONNECTION Deepen and expand our local, national, and global networks.
PRIORITY 5: CAPACITY Build a physically, financially, and environmentally sustainable future.
Honoring its founder’s vision, Emma Willard School proudly fosters in each young woman a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape her world.