Strategic Directive

Adopted by the Board of Trustees in November, 2015, OES’s new strategic directive contains four key areas of strategic focus and inquiry to guide our work over the next 3-5 years: People, Place, Program, and Plan. We will use the Essential Competencies (I Explore, I Create, I Connect, I Commit) to structure and inform our work.

Each of these areas of focus is a continuation of the great work we began in our 2010–15 strategic plan. The prevailing theme is renewal: renewing our almost 150-year commitment to excellent academics through our inquiry-based program, renewing our 50-year-old campus, and renewing our commitment to incredible employees—ensuring their contributions are recognized and appreciated so they stay and thrive.

The Strategic Planning Committee, under the leadership of Trustee and parent Elizabeth Gewecke, was comprised of Trustees, parents, alumni, and employees. The process engaged nearly 700 individuals. This plan is informed by their insights and guided by the prevailing principles of OES.

It is our pleasure to present this plan to you. We offer our heartfelt appreciation to all who participated in the process of its creation. It has truly been a group effort.


Kate Lieber
President, Board of Trustees

Mo Copeland
Head of School 

January, 2016

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