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Raising the Bar: Strategic Plan 2019-2024

In a community that fosters academic excellence, ethical responsibility and global engagement, Pacific Ridge School prepares students for college and a purposeful life.

Raising the Bar: Strategic Plan 2019-2024

At Pacific Ridge, we continually call upon ourselves to grow and provide the most relevant education possible. This is why, in 2018, we launched a strategic planning process to guide us to the future based on the strong foundation we have built since 2007.

The strategic plan was developed to provide a long-range view of future school priorities created by a highly inclusive and participatory process. Through surveys, interviews and months of working group meetings, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and subcommittees have worked hard to achieve their objectives and fulfill their charge. Over 950 people participated in the process in one way or another, and the plan represents voices from students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and community members. This process culminated in the spring of 2019.

Internal planning groups composed of faculty, staff and parents have since been formed to develop action plans for each initiative. Specific tasks may be revised, but the plan's goals and objectives are the compass by which the school will gauge its progress and effectiveness.

The strategic plan will support Pacific Ridge School's mission and vision: to inspire young people to dream big, contribute to a global society and live purposeful lives.

Read the plan here:

List of 3 items.

  • Goal 1 - Reimagine our Signature Education

    Combining a dynamic, mission-inspired curriculuim with meaningful co-curricular programming yields a uniquely powerful educational experience. Reimagining this educational program means recommitting to its core tenets, while exploring ways to strengthen and refine them. In this work, we will constantly look forward so we can meet our students' needs as the world changes.

    • Articulate and refine our Harkness learning approach as a distinct learning philosophy in the San Diego region.
    • Continue to refine our service learning and global travel programs and integrate them more intentionally into our curriculum.
    • Determine the appropriate role of AP courses within our signature educational program.
    • Recommit to a mission-driven curriculum, with a clearly articulated scope and sequence, that is centered around students and empowers them to become agile thinkers
      in a rapidly changing world.
    • Reimagine our use of time through redesigning our schedule in creative ways that will enhance student learning and opportunities.
    • Develop citizen leaders who demonstrate empathy and understanding of people with different perspectives through truthful, productive, respectful civil discourse.
  • Goal 2 - Invest in Our Community

    The Pacific Ridge community created the school we enjoy today and is the foundation upon which our educational and institutional value is built. We are committed to supporting an environment in which all members of our community - students, faculty and families - belong, feel valued, grow and thrive.

    • Strengthen and inspire parental engagement in our community through relevant programs and services.
    • Cultivate a sense of school pride, spirit and belonging to the school.
    • Cultivate a diverse, empathetic, and inclusive community of learners by fostering a safe environment where all voices feel a sense of value and belonging.
    • Promote mental wellness, mindfulness and stress management throughout our community.
    • Develop a learning environment that promotes curiosity and risk taking to help students thrive in an ever-evolving world.
  • Goal 3 - Commit to Our Future

    Pacific Ridge's quick rise as a valued educational resource in San Diego has been remarkable. Our position is strong. The strategic plan commits us to creating an equally strong map for the future, one that will allow us to remain at the forefront of secondary education, operate sustainably and increase our value to the larger community.

    • Build the Library and Innovation Center as a permanent “incubator” on our campus.
    • Become indispensable to our North County community by establishing Pacific Ridge School as a recognized contributor to local nonprofits, a vital and consistent voice in community affairs, an industry resource for the community and a world-class educational opportunity for industry employee families.
    • Inspire a culture of philanthropy among all stakeholders throughout our school community.
    • Articulate and execute our sustainable, long-term fundable business model.
    • Build the first Pacific Ridge School endowment.