St. Anselm's Abbey School has enjoyed over 70 years of success since its founding in 1942. Along the way, many people have worked hard to maintain the School's careful balance of tradition and innovation. The School is in the middle of a five-year Strategic Plan which articulates a precise framework for preserving this legacy. Called Building on the Past, Looking to the Future, the Strategic Plan is designed to ensure that St. Anselm’s Abbey School will maintain its place as the premier school for intellectually gifted and academically motivated young men in the Washington Metropolitan area.
The Board of Trustees, in collaboration with the Headmaster and President of the School, began work on a new strategic plan in the fall of 2010. This was required by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools as part of the School’s re-accreditation process. To oversee the process, the Board established a Strategic Planning Committee composed of Trustees and School administrators.
In the Committee’s initial discussions with faculty, monks, parents, alumni and Trustees, three major strategic priorities emerged: a continued commitment to Academic Excellence, the School’s unique Benedictine Ethos, and the Financial Strength of our institution.
Through faculty and staff interviews, surveys of parents and alumni, and the work of myriad subcommittees, the Committee collected and analyzed relevant data from each constituency in the St. Anselm’s community. As part of this process they developed key goals and objectives for each of the three main areas, a summary of which appears in these pages.
The Strategic Planning Committee thanks the Board of Trustees, the faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and friends for their assistance in the development of this Strategic Plan. It is a testimony to our community’s commitment to the ongoing mission of the School. This plan provides a road map that will ensure the vitality and sustainability of St. Anselm’s Abbey School in the years to come.