Strategic Plan

KEY FOCUS AREAS

GROWTH AND SUSTAINABILITY

Student learning will continue to improve and the institution thrive when we act as responsible stewards of our resources, stay true to our mission and continuously strive to be the best we can be.

Elementary students exploring science and nature outdoors

CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT

Guiding statement:

YIS requires a world-class facility that aligns with our mission and learning programs, accommodates growth but also fluctuating enrollment, and supports the close sense of community that has always been a YIS hallmark.

Outcomes:

  • Student learning is improved through a campus with sufficient and flexible learning spaces that match our teaching and learning philosophy, accommodate individualized learning and better support our mission.
  • A larger campus with flexibly designed learning spaces promotes long-term institutional sustainability by accommodating future programmatic changes, shifts in enrollment across all school sections and growth in enrollment up to 800 students.
  • Students, teachers and the broader school community benefit from enhanced activities, outreach and professional learning programs made possible by excellent athletic, arts, exhibition and conference facilities all located on one site.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Guiding statement:

Consistent with our mission and values, we have a responsibility to understand and minimize our environmental impact as a school and as individuals.

Outcomes:

  • Students experience real world learning opportunities and help make a difference through involvement in environmental design of the new campus.
  • Students make connections between their outdoor education and classroom learning experiences to develop understandings and take action on environmental issues.
  • The school’s impact on the environment is reduced through positive actions driven by policies, practices and a change in culture.
  • The new YIS campus is designed to obtain LEED Gold certification, minimizing environmental impact and reducing operating costs.

RECRUITMENT

Guiding statement:

Quality recruiting practices and internal capacity development complemented by a robust professional learning program ensure a faculty who reflect the school’s mission and improve student learning.

Outcomes:

  • YIS attracts excellent faculty to support student learning and well-being through recruitment policies and practices that are professional, effective, consistently applied, and which meet the highest expectations in child protection.
  • Innovative recruitment methods lead to larger pool of high quality candidates who understand and promote the YIS mission and values and can help improve student learning.
  • Active succession planning is linked to internal leadership development and professional learning programs, promoting continuity and long-term stability.

FUNDRAISING AND FINANCIAL AID

Guiding statement:

Developing a culture of giving strengthens community involvement and provides valuable resources to advance the school’s mission and promote diversity.

Outcomes:

  • A successful capital campaign provides significant funding to support the new campus development.
  • Parents, alumni, board members and trustees are actively engaged in promoting as well as contributing to the capital campaign.
  • The Board evaluates the feasibility of introducing a financial aid program providing partial and/or full scholarship funding to increase socioeconomic diversity, aid families experiencing sudden hardship, and support enrollment.