COMMONWEALTH ACADEMY STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK
Commonwealth Academy is a college preparatory school that embraces students of average to gifted ability who have ADHD, executive functioning challenges, and mild learning differences. In an inclusive caring community, we empower our students to thrive and discover their path to excellence with small class sizes and differentiated instruction.
Commonwealth Academy is a national leader in differentiated instruction for average to gifted students with ADHD, executive functioning challenges, and mild learning differences. Through the deployment of best practices in education and the cultivation of strong relationships in an atmosphere of respect and joyful seriousness of purpose, we inspire excellence, allow students to fully explore their intellectual passion, and foster the personal growth needed to allow our students to excel in college and beyond.
1. WE BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE DESERVES TO FEEL VALUED, SAFE, AND RESPECTED.
2. WE BELIEVE THAT IN A CARING AND RESPONSIVE ENVIRONMENT, OUR STUDENTS CAN THRIVE AND ACHIEVE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE.
3. WE BELIEVE THAT RESPECT, HONOR, TRUST, AND ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT ARE FUNDAMENTAL.
4. WE BELIEVE THAT LEARNING SHOULD BE MEANINGFUL AND AUTHENTIC.
5. WE BELIEVE IN APPRECIATING AND HONORING MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES AND CULTURES.
6. WE BELIEVE IN SERVING AND GIVING BACK TO THE GREATER COMMUNITY.
7. WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF STRONG PARTNERSHIPS WITH FAMILIES.
- People- Community & Connection
Program- Rooted in research
- Place- Room to grow
Perpetuity- A sustainable future
A diverse, involved community of families and faculty allows students to grow a deeper respect and understanding of differences and to be prepared to succeed in the broader world outside of C/A.
- Emphasize health and wellness for students and faculty/staff alike.
- Expand programming for adults in the community and look for ways to bring programs to families rather than families to programs.
- Focus on and strengthen our commitment to diversity in our hiring and admissions practices.
Our school is built on understanding and applying current educational research and best practice. Students' and families' needs are constantly evolving, as is the brain research that informs our teaching and learning; we remain committed to staying up to date with both.
- Invest further in the professional development and training of faculty and staff in order to deliver an outstanding program for children with executive function challenges.
- Enhance offerings beyond regular school hours, in particular before and after school and summer programs.
- Foster partnerships with other institutions such as other schools with similar programs, high ed institutions, and businesses to expose students to resources and experiences beyond C/A's walls.
As the school grows over time, facilities will need to reflect that growth and adapt to the changing needs of the students and the program.
- Expand enrollment as appropriate to fit present facilities comfortably.
- Consider program needs and continue to adapt and build to serve those needs.
- Continue to evaluate facility needs as the school contemplates its next location.
As a relatively new school, C/A has focused primarily on growing the school and establishing its success. At this juncture in the history of C/A, it is important to focus not only on the present but also on the future of the school. This means turning attention to increasing philanthropy at every level and growing endowment.
- Invest in marketing and communicating the value of a C/A education and its differentiators to attract and advance enrollment.
- Develop a strong culture of philanthropy with not only current families but also alumni and their families and members of the greater community.
- Build on our growing reputation as a leader in the field of executive function with training programs and other knowledge-sharing opportunities.
- Look for opportunities to grow as a good neighbor, and connect with and serve the wider community.