Welcome to Fulfilling Our Promise, Crescent School’s Strategic Priorities 2020-2024. It will guide the next chapter of our school’s history with a focus on four strategic priorities: Our Way, Our People, Our Campaign and Our Future.
A Promising Future
Strategic planning provides an opportunity to contemplate our future and commit to our ongoing school improvement. We developed our new strategy in a highly collaborative manner, involving parents, students, faculty & staff, alumni, Board members, and others in our community. The result is a roadmap that affirms our bold mission, provides a clear vision for our boys and our School, and sets distinct goals to achieve our aspirations.
Our last strategic plan (2015-2020) laid the foundation for our academic plan (The Crescent Way), established the Crescent Centre for Boys’ Education (CCBE), enabled us to develop the Master Campus Plan, and deepened ties with our Alumni community.
Crescent’s new Strategic Priorities 2020-2024 extends this work to operationalize our mission further and encourage future-forward thinking into our school’s legacy. Four strategic priorities - Our Way, Our People, Our Campaign and Our Future - are explored fulsomely in this plan.
We are excited to embrace this work and realize even greater promise for what lies ahead.
MICHAEL FELLIN, P’24 HEADMASTER
JAMIE COULTER, ‘87, P’21 BOARD CHAIR
Crescent’s mission, Men of Character from Boys of Promise, recognizes that boys with curious minds and open hearts have the potential to develop in a manner that will fit their purpose in life, whatever it might be.
We demonstrate four core values daily in our behaviours and our interactions:
Fulfilling our promise, requires us to define what our vision will be for both our boys and our school.
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Our Portrait of a Graduate identifies the knowledge, skills, and character strengths our boys require to achieve future success, wellbeing, and purpose in their career, community, and family life. This is accomplished through an education that is directed towards three guiding questions and six essential qualities:
A Crescent graduate must be a moral person with the courage to uphold and act upon the highest standards of ethical behaviour. Additionally, he needs to be self-aware and self-regulating with a strong sense of purpose, agency and potential.
A Crescent graduate needs to be committed to being a positive leader who builds relationships and understands the importance of serving others in order to inspire action and accomplishment. He must also be a critical thinker who listens clearly, communicates effectively and collaborates well.
A Crescent graduate must be an engaged citizen who respects people’s differences, is mindful of interconnectivity and seeks betterment in his local and global community. What’s more, he needs to be adaptable, resourceful and creative in meeting the challenges of an increasingly complex world.
We aim for our exceptional staff, and our inclusive community of alumni, parents, and friends, to be fully engaged in supporting the growth and development of our boys by focusing on four areas:
Understanding today’s rapidly changing and interdependent international community, Crescent will prepare our graduates for success. We will do this by establishing a distinctive curriculum and associated programs that will enable them to become globally-minded learners and leaders of social enterprise.
As a boys’ school whose depth of mission is recognised in Canada and beyond, Crescent will continue to evolve from being a school with a local focus to a school with a significant national and international presence. This will be accomplished by augmenting our positive reputation for research-based boys’ education and educational leadership.
A microcosm of the developing culture of our country, Crescent will enrich our students and staff and their learning experiences by strengthening the diversity and inclusivity of our community.
As Toronto continues to expand, Crescent will meet the educational needs of our students, and support connection with our families, by sourcing new and innovative ways to provide outstanding facilities for the fulfilment of our mission.
Working collaboratively is a hallmark of how we do things at Crescent. It is why we formed a joint Board and School committee to engage current parents, students, faculty & staff, alumni, Board members, and a variety of experts in the strategic plan development process. In this way, we ensured a shared vision for what we might become, as well as what we must do together, to achieve our goals.
There were three stages in the planning process:
We began by auditing the School’s existing culture and practices. We used a survey and focus groups with parents, students, faculty/staff, alumni and Board members to gauge current perceptions of Crescent’s performance across a variety of dimensions.
The audit findings were the basis of four workshops focused on Our Difference, Our Standing, Our Diversity and Our Campus. Teams of educators, Board governors, community members, and experts evaluated white papers that identified issues, explored opportunities, and proposed recommendations in these areas.
Recommendations from the workshops were evaluated and prioritized. Four strategic priorities emerged to help guide the next chapter of our school’s history. These are the measurable commitments we are making to deepen our mission and realize our vision for Crescent School and the boys we serve.
Our mission and values remain constant. Their application in an increasingly complex world requires us to build on our existing capacity as a leader in boys’ education nationally and internationally to realize our vision for our boys and our School. Over the period 2020-2024, we choose to focus on four critical areas:
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