Arlington school board approves new strategic plan to provide roadmap for the district

Arlington school board approves new strategic plan to provide roadmap for the district
APS LogoThe Arlington Public Schools (APS) Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan at its July meeting. The strategic plan provides direction for the board, district leadership, teachers, parents and students and includes actionable strategies that drive improved achievement and student success.

During the 2016-17 school year, committee members from the APS Advisory Council for Education, representatives from higher education and business and community partners reviewed and updated the strategic plan. A survey was also sent to parents, staff and community members in the spring to determine what priorities the district should focus on.

Mission: Arlington Public Schools educates all students, preparing and inspiring them to graduate and seek their full potential as lifelong learners.

Motto: Educate ∙ Prepare ∙ Inspire

Goal Areas:

Student Learning & Achievement
Students will engage in learning that is rigorous, research-based and focused on successful grade transitions leading to graduation and further pursuits.

Safe and Caring Environment
We will cultivate and maintain a safe and caring environment that supports a positive culture to increase student achievement.

Resource Stewardship
We will align all resources (people, time, money and property) to support the District’s mission.

Parent & Community Partnerships
We will engage and encourage parents and our community to partner in the education of students.

In addition to the strategic plan, the board also approved an updated logo. The logo includes a graduation cap – with every student graduating being the ultimate goal of the district – but also includes elements of mountains and a river to capture the Arlington community.

“I would like to thank everyone who shared feedback through the online survey and for the committee members who participated in reviewing and updating the district’s strategic plan,” said Dr. Chrys Sweeting, APS Superintendent. “This plan will direct our actions, align our efforts, promote accountability and bring coherence to our efforts to educate, prepare and inspire each student.”

The strategic plan was last updated in 2010. The complete strategic plan can be downloaded from the district website.