Dear Town School Community,

Last fall, we started work in earnest on a new Strategic Plan for Town School. A Strategic Planning Committee comprised of alumni, faculty/staff, current/past parents and trustees has completed excellent work through this year and Town trustees approved a framework for the plan at the June board meeting. We will have a finalized plan to share with you in the fall. With summer upon us, we write with an update on the themes which emerged from the work and serve as guideposts.
 
We entered into the planning process with a strong foundation and history of success. As a result, our Strategic Plan is intentionally focused on the future and builds upon Town's strengths which include our teaching staff, the core academics, arts and athletic programs and our facilities, especially the new Dolby Center.
 
The world is changing at a rapid pace with technology innovations and global economies redefining the skills and knowledge necessary for the success of today’s students. More and more, people entering the workforce need to be nimble thinkers, able to understand and collaborate with those of different backgrounds and skill sets. Town is known for successfully preparing boys for high school and beyond, and we recognize our graduates need flexible skills and new experiences to respond to the world’s changing economies. The strategies and tactics in our plan forward an outstanding educational program that better prepares students to thrive into the future.
 
While new thinking skills and learning experiences are critical, character development is also a cornerstone of our plan. Town aspires to be known in San Francisco and across secondary schools not just for preparing academically-capable boys, but also and equally for launching young adults who are known for their kindness, emotional intelligence, integrity, and ability to treat others with respect both while on campus and in the broader community. When school starts in the fall, we will take a positive first step by rolling out a new set of core values at school and for the boys to share at home.
 
We are developing initiatives which enrich our curriculum, identify ways to encourage faculty and staff development and retention, foster character development in and out of the classroom, build community throughout the school and our larger environment, and further extend our learning assets. Specific components of the plan outline priorities for the next few years so that Town boys develop into:
  • Agile learners and thinkers who wholeheartedly embrace life’s challenges
  • Leaders who speak up and act with integrity and humility
  • Compassionate and kind listeners
  • Global citizens who are active and engaged with their communities
  • Balanced and well-rounded young people who have a sense of self and purpose
We end by sharing our appreciation for all the community members who have contributed to the planning process. Over 70% of parents and faculty and staff provided valuable input through participation in focus groups, surveys and/or the Community Brainstorming Day. Strategic Planning Committee members met each month and interviewed dozens of Town administrators, K-12 educators and business leaders, sharing hallmarks of 21st century education to include in our plan. Huge thanks also goes out to Carla Silver of Leadership + Design who provided critical direction, expertise and positive energy.
 
We look forward to sharing more details of the Strategic Plan and the launch of core values in the fall. Ann Chen, who chaired the Strategic Planning Committee, will serve as the new Board Chair for Town School starting July 1, 2019. She and the Board will continue to support Lorri and her team in implementing this plan and providing resources to realize the school’s priorities.
 
Thank you and we look forward to partnering with you in taking Town to the next summit!
 
Sincerely,

Julie Ashley, Parent '14, '16, '19 and Chair, Board of Trustees, 2017-19
Lorri Hamilton Durbin, Head of School
Ann Chen, Parent ’17; Chair, Strategic Planning Committee; and Chair, Board of Trustees, 2019-20
 
We are working with consultant Carla Silver of Leadership + Design during our planning process

 
 

Strategic Planning Timeline

Strategic Planning Committee

A huge thank you to the 20 Strategic Planning Committee members who will be leading our work. In selecting members, we sought parent representation across the grades, as well as from recent alumni parents. In addition, we need the perspectives of faculty and administrators: from those teaching our boys as they enter Lower School to those helping our 8th graders prepare for high school and beyond. We have included on the committee  alumni from the 1980s through the early 2000s. Several trustees who currently lead Board Committees will support implementation of the plan. Finally, each member was specifically chosen because of the diverse perspective he or she to brings to the process and adds to the outcomes. This group is committed to serving the school and looks forward to helping identify and implement ways to make Town School for Boys even better.

Strategic Planning Committee

Ann Chen, Parent ’17, Trustee and Chair, Strategic Planning Committee
Bryan Andrzejewski, Parent ‘23
Sandeep Bhandari, Parent ‘24
Tina Bou-Saba, Parent ‘24
Lorri Hamilton Durbin, Head of School
Annie Ganem, Parent ‘24,1st grade teacher
Gareth Hornberger ’01, Trustee  
Tonia Karr, Parent ‘26
Rebeccah Kilian, Director of Secondary School Counseling, 7th grade Latin teacher
Nellie Levchin Parent ’24, Trustee
Hilary McArthur, 7/8 math teacher
Fred McCrea ’81, Parent ’26
Flora Mugambi-Mutunga, Director of Community Building and Inclusion
Krista Moatz, Parent ‘24 & ‘26, Trustee
Kana Muraki, Parent ‘25
Will Robbins, Parent ’12 &’18, former Trustee
Corbett Simons, Parent ‘12, Director of Teaching, Learning and Innovation
Dr. Jennifer Warren, Head of Lower School
Carrie Wheeler, Parent ‘22, Trustee
Jeff Yasuda ’86, Parent ‘21 & ‘25
 
Workshops: Kelly Steremberg, Parent ‘22,Trustee
Communications: Dana Marineau, Parent ‘25 & ‘27
 

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Town School for Boys is an independent all-boys’ day school in San Francisco for students in grades K-8. Students at Town School benefit from a supportive environment emphasizing academics and character education. At Town School, learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated.