Emma Willard School celebrates a vibrant learning community, a growing endowment, and alignment with our mission where we proudly foster the habits of an intellectual life for young women. Founded in 1814, we acknowledge the early years of our third century by imagining an even brighter and more committed future. Our world today calls out to young women leaders who demonstrate moral strength and a commitment to serve and shape the world for the better. Emma Willard School was built for this moment in time. Just as founder Emma Hart Willard recognized the need for girls to be educated across all disciplines, we must take this opportunity to reflect on the needs of our students and anticipate how an Emma Willard student of today can positively impact others as leaders, collaborators, problem-solvers, and well-educated young women.
With bold and aspirational intentions, our school community chooses to establish a vision for the next decade by embarking upon a strategic planning process that will clarify our strategic direction, reinforce our mission, and establish the central priorities that will guide the school. We’ve been inclusive in our process by drawing on thinking from our students, parents, faculty, staff, alumnae, and others. We engage in this strategic planning process as a way to infuse creative approaches in all areas of the school with the central focus on enhancing the student experience.
We’ve utilized insights and recommendations from the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) accreditation process which incorporated a community-wide assessment, along with a recent analysis of market trends and the school’s market position to engage in conversations about the school’s strengths and challenges. Building on this excellent work with various community inputs, we take this opportunity to examine questions related to mission, purpose, and educational possibilities within a changing landscape. We stand on a platform of opportunity, our school is strong across all measures, and our job is to build on that strength in the same bold and courageous manner that Emma Hart Willard displayed when she opened the doors to this incredible school.
This webpage dedicated to the strategic planning process will contain information and reflections gathered during our journey.