Strategic Plan 2022: Laying the Foundation for the Future ensures our alignment to the mission of the School and reflects a planning process led by the Board of Trustees, senior administrators, and faculty representatives, with input from the greater Antilles community. The Plan designates four strategic priorities and the initiatives that are necessary to accomplish each. Together, these priorities create a solid foundation on which Antilles can grow and prosper in the years ahead.
Our priorities are four-fold:
- to foster a more inclusive community;
- to evolve and innovate our curriculum and student support programs;
- to support faculty in their professional growth; and
- to reach a level of financial stability that allows us to fulfill our goals.
Our goal is to create an environment in which all Antilles students feel safe, seen, celebrated, and integral to the School in a community committed to guiding principles that include cultural competency, empathy, social justice, and equity. All member schools of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) are expected to create and sustain diverse, inclusive, equitable, and just communities that are safe and welcoming for all. This includes valuing the representation and full engagement of individuals within school communities whose differences include – but are not limited to – age, ethnicity, family makeup, gender identity and expression, learning ability, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
Antilles has a foundational commitment in the language of the stated mission and core values. We seek to ensure that all Antilles students are supported and can be their authentic selves on campus. We are committed to fostering a student and faculty culture that understands and values differences and prioritizes equity, social justice, and cultural competency.
Our academic program lies at the heart of all we do at Antilles. We need to continue to promote the development of curriculum and programs that cultivate inclusivity, innovation, creativity, and character-building in our students. Over the next three years, we need to take a closer look at our strengths and weaknesses and evaluate the deep pedagogical work to come. We need to develop best practices, boost our co-curriculars and student support programs, and continue to find ways to educate and innovate at high standards. Early stages of the plan will be dedicated to analysis and evaluation; later stages will be devoted to program development and implementation.
Antilles School students will thrive under faculty who are committed to upholding the mission of the School and who encourage creativity and inclusivity in their classrooms day in and day out. We need to develop skills in our current faculty that foster collaboration, cultural competency, inspiration, and innovation. Our goal is to continue to hire, retain and attract outstanding educators who integrate the Antilles mission, vision, values, and beliefs into teaching and mentoring our students. Our classrooms need to be the cornerstone of our community, and students’ ability to blossom within these spaces is of the utmost importance.
Financial stability is most certainly a top priority for Antilles. This plan will use improved data gathering techniques to analyze the cost of each school program and determine which bring value to the student and family experience. We will also aim to balance school revenue growth and expense efficiency, assess risk exposure across the campus, and develop a plan to prioritize and mitigate risk. We will also enhance revenue growth by developing reliable data for donor capacity and by initiating a planned giving program.