CDS is Taking Flight with New Mission Statement
The Board of Trustees is the guardian of the school’s mission. It is the board’s responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the community it serves and to monitor the success of the school in fulfilling its mission.
One of the first orders of business when Carrollwood Day School became a not-for-profit school, was for the newly formed Board of Trustees to create a mission statement to guide the school’s direction. Revisiting the mission statement annually serves to anchor the school’s goals and objectives for the year. In reviewing the mission statement, it is just as valuable an exercise to intentionally affirm the current wording, as it is to change it. Since the crafting of our school’s first mission statement, CDS has evolved to become an International Baccalaureate World School, moved to a permanent home, expanded to include a high school, and implemented new programs and curriculum changes to provide students with skills they will need to be successful in our increasingly global and technology-rich society. Over the years, the school mission statement has been enhanced and updated to keep pace with the growth of our school and the evolving educational landscape.
At their annual retreat this past August, the board completed work on our “new” mission statement and vision. The new mission statement and vision were enthusiastically embraced by the administration, faculty and staff. You may have noticed the new mission statement posted in classrooms and offices throughout the school. We hope you agree that this new mission statement clearly articulates the vital characteristics of our school.
The mission of Carrollwood Day School is to create entrepreneurial thinkers for a global society. We provide strong character-based education emphasizing problem-solving skills and philanthropic understanding. Our students are prepared to be world leaders using the International Baccalaureate Programmes, cutting-edge technology, creative arts, and competitive athletics. Most importantly, CDS fosters the development of the entire student not only in academics, but also ethically, emotionally, and through social experience. Our goal is to help students discover and develop their own talents and interests and use these to better the world and themselves.
Carrollwood Day School enriches the mind, strengthens the character, and inspires the hearts of our students.
Carrollwood Day School’s new mission statement, vision, core values, and points of pride can be found on the updated Mission & Vision page on the school website.
Hand in hand with review of the mission statement, the board periodically updates the strategic plan for the school. This is done to ensure that the vision of the school’s desired future can be realized. It focuses on the next three to five years and provides the ‘big picture’ of where we are, where we are going, and how we are going to get there. As the strategic planning period for our school’s current strategic plan nears its conclusion, the board has directed the development of a new strategic plan to guide our school through 2016-2021. The board and administration have formed the steering committee for development of our school’s next strategic plan. Drafting of the new strategic plan will include input from all stakeholder groups within our school community.