On Friday, May 5, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart launched its five-year strategic plan, Epic Vision: Soaring with Heart at an all-school assembly. The celebration included all members of the Princeton Academy community. Headmaster Rik Dugan welcomed those in attendance and addressed students, "Welcome everybody, today is a really big day in the life of Princeton Academy and we are starting our day with you, our young men because as we look to the future, we look into each and every one of your eyes." Dugan continued by expressing his gratitude to Chair of the Board of Trustees Kenneth Harlan, Strategic Planning Committee Chair Nathaniel Howe and the entire Strategic Planning Committee.
"I want to thank everyone for participating in this transformational process," said Howe. The strategic planning process began one year ago and over the course of that year, Princeton Academy's Strategic Planning Committee collaborated with all members of the community to build a shared vision and initiatives to guide the school for the next five years. "Most schools choose not to include their entire communities in this process - favoring a board-down approach - and so, it is incredible to see the excitement that Epic Vision has brought to our campus as we plan to take Princeton Academy on a bold new path for the next five years," added Howe.
The vision set forth for 2017-2021 is indeed bold, "Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart in 2021: Leading a national reinvention of boys' education for a new generation of enlightened men." Four pillars will guide the initiatives driving the success of the plan: Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Identity and Loyalty, Thought Leadership and Strategic Growth. Back in February, the community mobilized to make its vision a reality by drafting over 150 initiatives, which the School Leadership Team (SLT) worked enthusiastically to coalesce into 70 meaningful initiatives spanning all four pillars of the plan. "Herein lies how community-wide collaboration produces bold vision, strategic thinking and action implementation," said Dugan.
Princeton Academy was founded 18 years ago and is poised to cement its established reputation for educating boys in the Princeton area. The school's mission is augmented by a philosophy rooted in the 200-year tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart. It is befitting then that the launch of the school's strategic plan was aligned with its Sacred Heart Goals - in particular, Goal III, "a social awareness which impels to action." Director of the Mercer County Wildlife Center Diane Nickerson was invited to present to students on raptor birds during the launch event. The school's mascot is a hawk and when Nickerson revealed the Harris Hawk she brought with her, the metaphor of Epic Vision: Soaring with Heart was crystallized.
After Nickerson's presentation, representatives from Middle School student government presented her with a donation to the Mercer County Wildlife Center on behalf of the school. The combination of service learning with the celebration of Princeton Academy's strategic plan was meaningfully executed. Nickerson was also presented with a "Princeton Academy Hawks" shirt that she enthusiastically accepted.
To learn more about Princeton Academy's strategic plan, please visit princetonacademy.org/epicvision.About Princeton Academy: Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent school for boys in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Our mission is to develop young men with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs. We educate the whole boy in mind, body and spirit. A rigorous, inquiry-based, hands-on academic program joins unparalleled character development and a wide variety of arts, athletics and co-curriculars to provide an ideal learning environment for boys. To learn more about how we bring out the best in boys, please visit princetonacademy.org.
The event was streamed live on the school's Facebook page, www.fb.com/princetonacademy.
Below are photos from the event: