We are pleased to present The Strategic Plan 2009–2014 to the CSUS community. This plan emerges from three years of effort, including the creation of a mission statement, a long-term vision and strategic initiatives. The planning process involved a variety of people, internally and externally, who worked diligently to affirm the underlying values of CSUS, identify areas that distinguish the institution, and determine a set of priorities that will direct institutional resources for the next five years. The new strategic plan is meant to be a living document—a roadmap that provides focus and direction to ensure that CSUS builds a strong and vibrant future.
A good strategic plan is mission-driven; it is meant to be a product and an emblem of who we are as a community. Therefore, the first step in the planning process was the creation of CSUS’s first mission statement. Working in collaboration with administrators, faculty, parents, students, alumni and the Board of Trustees, the new mission statement reflects both the kind of learners we hope to attract as well as the environment and experiences we aspire to create.
|At CSUS, we inspire motivated learners to lead meaningful lives in a rapidly changing world. Our intimate, collaborative community encourages students to pursue passions, explore new interests, build confidence, develop compassion and thrive in an environment of academic excellence.|
|Having crafted a mission that captures who we are, we began to look toward our future. As part of the process, we referred to several resources including the 2008 California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Accreditation Report, two Image Audits (2006 and 2008), board retreats, surveys of seniors and graduates, and nearly five years of community feedback.
As we imagine the school we would like to become in the future we are energized by our tremendous strengths and by the exciting opportunities that lie ahead. Our vision for the future of CSUS requires us to preserve the things that distinguish us today: excellent academics and faculty, strong and supportive relationships between and among faculty, students, parents and administrators, and the opportunity for our students to participate broadly as they pursue their passions.
All of these elements were used to inform an exciting future which includes a new campus for a larger Middle School with a distinct program, a new curriculum that is more global and better integrated to meet the needs of the 21st century, and an educational experience that is broader in its offerings. We will strive to increase the diversity and inclusiveness of our school in all of its constituencies to better reflect the diversity of the communities in which we live. These strategic priorities became the focal point of the plan and, as such, are highlighted in its core initiatives:
- Outstanding teachers and coaches
- World-class curriculum
- The student experience
Our vision for the next five years is to direct institutional energies towards the continuation of meaningful experiences inside and outside the classroom. These changes will reflect the quality and depth of instruction for which we are known, while incorporating innovative curricula and enhanced student experiences. CSUS needs to navigate these changes with an eye towards preserving its intimacy and “smallness,” but also to distinguish itself from an increasing number of private, public and charter schools. In doing so, CSUS will continue to thrive and enjoy many years of prospective students eager to enter its gates.
We look forward to a future replete with new challenges and unparalleled opportunities for CSUS. We are confident you will want to take part in this exciting journey.