Strategic Plan

This year, in partnership with consulting firm Concentrics, Girard College is undergoing a Strategic Planning Process. A strategic plan is a vision for the future and a road map to get there; in this process we focus on what is, what if, and what's next. Community partnership is a vital part of this process.

Strategic Planning Glossary

The Core Working Group

The CWG is a leadership group that serves as the governance mechanism for the Strategic Visioning process. The Core Group brings optimism, vision, institutional knowledge, wisdom, and helpful diversity to the strategic planning process.

The Steering Committee

The STC is a future-focused group that represents a microcosm of the community including faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and trustees.


20-minutes to 1-hour interviews with approximately 20-25 individuals. Subjects typically include: Thought leaders, Community Partners, Alumni, Staff, Parents, Alumni Parents, and Families who showed interest but chose to go elsewhere.

Community Forum/Focus Group

Forums are open invites to all parents, staff, and alumnae, although our numbers are limited to 16 per session. Focus groups are built around strategic themes or constituencies that have emerged as strategically important through our discovery process (1-1.5 hours each)


Surveys will be the largest data set in the “explore” phase of the Strategic Visioning Process and will provide invaluable insight into the strengths, challenges, and opportunities stakeholders identify for the school.


Participants from every major stakeholder group work together to determine key strategic priorities that will help shape the draft plan.

Conference at a glance:

Facilitated by Concentrics

A grand rotation of small and large groups

2 days (10-12 hours)

70-100 participants


February 28th - March 27th: Interviews and Community Forums
15 external interviews (thought leaders, educators, community partners, alumni)
10 internal interviews (alumni, current staff and faculty, board members)

Open Community Forums:
Families, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni

March 28th - April 11th: Surveys
Current parents, Students (grades 6 to 12), Alumni, Faculty/Staff

April: Focus groups
6 sessions, covering topics that come from discovery process

May 11th - 12th: Conference
A microcosm of the school community, including families, faculty/staff, students, alumni, community partners and board.

TBD: Community Update Meeting

Key Documents


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