“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

In creating the model for our strategic planning, the administration made a few key decisions.   First, we endeavored to engage our entire school community in the process.  This approach allows all Academy community stakeholders, as well as friends of the Academy, to provide feedback.  We also decided to shorten the strategic planning timeline from five years to just three.  This allows the Academy to more quickly adapt and react to the rapidly changing educational world in which we function.

At the core of the strategic planning process is our Planning Committee, made up of trustees, parents, faculty, and administrators.  This group attends each of the strategic planning meetings and engages in the many group conversations that generate a whole host of innovative ideas and suggestions.

Our first few strategic planning meetings have resulted in thought-provoking conversations and creative ideas.  Each week the dynamics are different, as new parents and community members join the discussion.  By using one broad question each week, the meetings become our own Academy “think tank,” as multiple groups wrestle with the same question but come up with radically different feedback.  The five guiding questions used in our strategic planning model are as follows:

How do we achieve the long term enrollment goals at the Academy? (April 10)

What internal improvements and partnerships with other organizations (including global ones) can be made to the academic, extracurricular, and co-curricular programs to provide an experience of excellence for our students? (April 24)

How does the Academy best demonstrate its value to parents, alumni, and the greater Harrisburg community? (April 30)

How does the Academy achieve the goals of our new Comprehensive Campaign and continue to build a culture of philanthropy? (May 15)

How does the Academy attract, cultivate, and retain its most talented faculty to achieve the mission of Harrisburg Academy and provide our students with the 21st century skills they need? (May 22)

Please join us for our two final conversations.  Don’t miss your chance to have your fingerprint on the blueprint for the Academy’s future.