As Marlborough neared successful completion of its 2000-2010 Strategic Plan, the School’s Board of Trustees embarked on the process of envisioning our future for the next decade. Marlborough’s students, parents, alumnae, and employees were surveyed to assess and identify the School’s current strengths, as well as areas of improvement for the future. The Trustees led an 18-month-long planning process that included examining the survey results, revisiting the School’s mission, analyzing data comparing Marlborough to other independent schools, and meeting with college admissions officers, educators, researchers, and other consultants. This process led to our new Strategic Plan, “The Next Ten Years at Marlborough 2010-2020.” Executing the Plan will keep Marlborough not merely at the forefront of educating young women, but at the forefront of independent school education in the nation.
Over the next ten years, we look to assertively pursue the following goals:
Preparing Marlborough Girls for the Future
The strength of Marlborough School has been and will always be its students. When one asks Marlborough faculty why they teach at Marlborough, invariably the answer is, “to work with these girls.” To this end, we aim to prepare our students to meet the challenges of the 21st century by enrolling students who are inquisitive, engaged learners; supporting each girl to achieve her “personal best”; and providing exceptional learning experiences that emphasize the fundamentals while capitalizing on innovation and creativity.
- Enroll a diverse group of students with the promise of participating fully, achieving their best, and contributing their talents and interests to benefit the community
- Focus on girls as the top priority of the School: their learning, their development, and their experience, including maintaining School/life balance
- Provide a dynamic learning program that makes the years at Marlborough a graduate’s most meaningful educational experience
Growing, Developing, and Sustaining Marlborough
Marlborough thrives today, over 120 years since its founding, because we are “standing on the shoulders” of those visionary and generous alumnae, faculty, friends, and families who have committed themselves to providing the finest education possible for the young women at the School—through their talents, time, and treasures. It is our goal to ensure the School’s future resiliency and flexibility by prudently managing resources and intentionally engaging constituents throughout their lives with a continuum of opportunities to support the School. Through our mutual efforts, we seek to ensure the ever-increasing value of a Marlborough education for current and future generations.
- Secure the financial and other resources necessary to meet and enhance the School’s Mission
- Invest in employees and students
- Ensure strong financial management
- Maintain, enhance, and expand facilities
- Leverage technology to enhance operations and educational programs
Leading Marlborough Today; Leading Marlborough Tomorrow
Marlborough alumnae have earned the well-deserved reputation as leaders in their communities, professions, and peer groups. They are women who inspire others, serve in public office, run companies, lead cities, and mentor others in achieving their goals. Through intentional and creative opportunities for leadership development, coupled with active engagement of our alumnae, Trustees, employees, and parents as persuasive role models and advisors, we seek to instill in all Marlborough students both the competence and confidence so they may become visionary, compassionate, and ethical leaders today and into the future.
- Establish leadership development as a hallmark of Marlborough School
- Engage and energize all alumnae
- Develop and pursue visionary, innovative, and bold leadership of the Board of Trustees, alumnae, students, and employees
Engaging Locally, Leading Globally
In remarks delivered to Marlborough’s Class of 1898, the School’s founder, Mary Caswell, urged graduates: “Don’t wait. Begin something at once. If it be helping those who have helped you…Help with all your might and with all your heart…An education while it brings privileges, brings also responsibilities.” Now, over a century after Mrs. Caswell delivered her remarks, we, too, seek to reinforce her message by inspiring, supporting, and preparing our students to become engaged, contributing citizens in their local communities and the world.
- Preserve and enhance a diverse community as a unique attribute of the School
- Extend the four walls of the School, locally and globally
- Inspire philanthropic spirit and commitment, making giving of one’s time, talents, and treasures a lifetime pursuit
|During the strategic planning process we also reaffirmed our commitment to uphold Marlborough’s mission.
Another result of the process was identifying Marlborough’s Core Values. The words themselves—Community, Excellence, Confidence, and Honor—may not sound new as these common beliefs have been shared at the School since its founding over a century ago. By highlighting our Core Values, however, we intend to focus on what drives Marlborough’s culture and priorities, as they ultimately provide a framework for decisions affecting the School.
View the 2010-2020 Strategic Plan
Strategic Planning Committee
Peter V. Shoemaker, Chair
Carol J. Bennett
Laura Mehren Hotchkiss ’86
Gretchen Hartnack Milligan ’69
Katherine Marik Thompson ’83
Martha Taylor Schuur ’74
Barbara E. Wagner