Introducing Plan 175

An aspirational path forward for Friends’ Central School that is true to our mission and vision and makes way for us to thrive into our next 175 years

Introducing Plan 175: A Message for the Friends’ Central Community

We are pleased to introduce you to Plan 175, Friends’ Central’s new strategic plan, named to honor our approaching anniversary and our tradition of providing an extraordinary education since 1845.

Plan 175 describes an aspirational path forward for us that is true to our mission and vision and makes way for Friends’ Central to thrive into our next 175 years.

Plan 175 is the product of wide community involvement, including surveys and focus groups of students, parents, and alumni/ae, and a committee of faculty, administrators, and board members who interpreted the data and shaped the Plan’s recommendations. We are grateful to community members for their participation—it was invaluable.

Plan 175 fortifies Friends’ Central’s ability to provide our students with an outstanding education. It invests in our talented faculty, with specific focus on supporting cutting-edge curriculum development and nurturing opportunities for deepened collaboration with students—both of which are at the heart of our School’s strength.

Our Board of Trustees approved Plan 175 in the spring. Since that time, administrators and faculty have developed action plans and begun phased implementation.

Plan 175 is intended to be a flexible, living document. Consistent with the Friends’ concept of continuing revelation, we expect that new ideas and initiatives will emerge that will further the goals of the Plan.

Thank you for being part of the Friends’ Central community. We look forward to keeping you informed as we move ahead together.

Elizabeth Cohen ’83 and Head of School Craig N. Sellers

Our Pillars:

Quaker Values
Strategic Directions 

  • Nurture the spiritual life of the School
  • Deepen community understanding of the School’s values 
  • Demonstrate our Quaker values to our full school community and beyond

Program + Curriculum
Strategic Directions

  • Expand exceptional academic content that challenges and sparks curiosity
  • Optimize opportunities to learn: time, structures, and relationships
  • Expand the way FCS serves students from around the world 
  • Strengthen our focus on physical, social, emotional, and spiritual wellness

Faculty + Staff
Strategic Directions

  • Nurture relationships between faculty and students inside and outside of the classroom
  • Provide competitive compensation that allows FCS to attract and retain faculty who embrace the School’s mission and culture 
  • Invest in professional development for new and established faculty 

Diversity + Inclusion
Strategic Directions

  • Build upon an understanding that intellectual development requires a broadly diverse community and diverse programming and educational content
  • Increase capacity and structures to support equity
  • Use longitudinal research to develop and set priorities for professional development and student programming

Stewardship + Financial Sustainability
Strategic Directions

  • Support growth and excellence through mission-driven fundraising 
  • Maintain financial aid at a highly competitive level
  • Promote healthy enrollment by investing in strategic marketing and geographic regions of interest

Guiding Principles

Excellence
We combine challenging and engaging content with new skills and experiences to elevate learning and achievement beyond traditional educational models. Students develop into effective and engaged community members while preparing for a future where they will excel. 

Connections
The strength of our School is derived from meaningful student-faculty relationships in a context of intellectual engagement, Quaker values in the classroom, and a diverse and inclusive community.

Stewardship
Friends’ Central School was founded 175 years ago. This plan, which we are calling Plan 175, will ensure a future as healthy as our past. It invests in our excellence and brings it to new heights in every division.

Visit friendscentral.org/Plan175 for more details about our strategic plan!

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