Goals for a Vibrant Future
A message from the Board of Trustees
Berkeley Carroll’s trustees are often asked about our role and our vision for the school. Above all, the trustees are guardians of the school’s mission, which says:
“A passion for learning is at the heart of Berkeley Carroll. The school is a creative and intellectual community where devoted teachers challenge and engage talented students. Our demanding curriculum and vibrant civic life prepare our diverse graduates for success in college and the greater endeavor—a life of critical, ethical and global thinking.”
There are parallels to the mission in the board’s work. We are passionate about the school and the learning it engenders. We think critically, ethically, and globally about what it takes to be an excellent, 21st century school. Though we have accomplished a lot, we never rest on our laurels. There is always more work to do, but it is deeply satisfying work because it results in students who go out in the world and flourish.
The following information summarizes some of our recent accomplishments and our goals for the future. I hope you find it as inspiring as I do.
Chair, Board of Trustees
What is the role of the Board of Trustees?
At Berkeley Carroll, the board of trustees governs in partnership with the Head of School. We are a group of committed current parents, alumni and parents of graduates who are entrusted with the health and wellbeing of the school today, as well as shaping the growth and change of coming years to make the school even stronger.
How does the board plan?
One of Berkeley Carroll’s great strengths is our embrace of innovation. In keeping with that, we have adopted a dynamic approach to long-range thinking known as a rolling strategic plan that we believe best suits our needs and goals for the school. This allows us to be nimble and attuned to changing realities, and to concentrate our energy and resources where they can be most effective. We pull students, parents, faculty and alumni into our work by reaching out to them on a regular basis to participate in surveys, workshops, task forces, and focus groups as the need arises.
What are the board’s current goals for Berkeley Carroll and how are you meeting them?
Our rolling strategic plan contains three overarching goals that concern investment in academic program and faculty, facilities development and community culture. With those goals in mind, we set near and medium-term priorities for the board. Each spring, we assess what’s been achieved and we adjust our priorities accordingly for the following school year.
Sustain Berkeley Carroll's status as a college preparatory school of choice for high achieving students with a wide range of passions and strengths.
The strength of a school lies primarily in its program and people. Accordingly, we invest in both:
- We plan for future growth and opportunity, including new positions to expand and deepen curriculum. The demands of 21st century learning change rapidly and we are committed to meeting those needs as they arise.
- We prioritize funding for professional development.BC educators are life-long learners who are committed to enriching their curricula. Our Fund-for-Faculty is liberally disbursed and generously replenished annually by the Senior Class Gift and other donations to the school’s endowment.
- In order to attract a diverse, energetic and innovative staff, we keep salaries and benefits competitive.
And we invest in our facilities:
- We opened the state-of-the art Marlene Cleary Performance Space at Sterling Place in 2016 as a venue for music, theater, dance, speech and science presentations by all divisions. BC has hosted a multi-school Jazz Festival and multi-school Science Research Conference at the space.
- We’ve broken ground on a $12 million construction project at Lincoln Place that will provide new dedicated Middle and Upper School libraries, fully renovated and expanded science labs, and a flexible 1500 sq.ft. STEAM space. These modern spaces will facilitate collaboration and widen the scope of students’ research and laboratory work.
- We recently purchased 703 Carroll Street. In the future, this adjoining building will house an expanded Lower School adding 10,195 square feet of programmatic space.
Preserve and strengthen Berkeley Carroll’s inclusive intellectual community, which encourages personal responsibility, and celebrates diversity of thought, perspective, and background.
We are fiercely committed to our distinctive community culture:
- In 2015, we supported the creation of a new cross-divisional position, Director of Community and Inclusion.
- In 2016, we created a board-level Community and Inclusion Advisory Group that includes parents, alumni and trustees.
- We support the newly created position of Director of Community Action, a cross-divisional role charged with strengthening service learning opportunities and supporting efforts to root those opportunities in the curriculum.
- We will use our new Marlene Cleary Performance Space at Sterling Place for an array of community programming, including a documentary film series, a speaker series, and events sponsored by local organizations.
- Over the past five years, we’ve increased the financial aid budget by $2 million (60%) to $5.3 million. This provides greater access for families of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The strong philanthropic spirit of our parents, teachers and alumni through our Annual Fund and Endowment help make this aid possible.
Be bold in supporting innovative programs.
We support the school’s dynamic approach to education. Our curriculum offers deep understanding and mastery in a wide array of disciplines. The following are just a few of the forward-thinking approaches that set our students apart in the college process and in their chosen careers :
- Our Lower School has a Partial-Immersion Spanish program, supported by 19 bilingual associate teachers.
- In support of global perspectives, we send 50-60 Middle and Upper School students and 10-12 faculty each year on curriculum-based travel programs to India, Costa Rica, Tanzania, France and Spain. Financial aid has been made available for these trips through the generosity of our community.
- We support interdisciplinary courses such as Humanities beginning in Middle School.
- Our three-year Science Research and Design program in the Upper School, which students take in addition to their core lab science courses, allows them to pursue independent research with a mentor, and publish their studies in a research journal.
- We support the rapid growth of the Computer Science program, which began as a single coding class and is now a full, multidivisional curriculum, and continues to grow.
- Once the STEAM Lab space is completed in 2018, we will support the fully integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math program.
- The school has added sports teams, additional coaching, and upgraded our level of competition for girls by joining the AAIS league. Currently, one-half to three-quarters of the Middle and Upper school students compete in team sports.