Catholic School Strategic Planning


What is Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is a process where key constituents of a school examine its current state (strengths, weaknesses, and areas for growth), involving stakeholders in a systematic thinking process, to plan ways of increasing the school’s strengths and areas for growth. The stakeholders are those most immediately affected by planning, including students, parents, staff and parishioners but a broader responsibility falls to all Catholics.

Why do Strategic Planning

School leaders who engage actively in strategic planning:

  • Think strategically and develop effective strategies.
  • Establish priorities and clarify future direction.
  • Develop a coherent and defensible basis for decision making. Make decisions in light of future consequences. Make decisions across levels and functions.
  • Exercise maximum discretion in the areas under organizational control.
  • Solve major organizational problems. Improve organization performance.
  • Deal effectively with rapidly changing circumstances.
  • Build teamwork and expertise.

Timeline of Events

  • January 2018: Surveys sent out to parents, faculty, staff and students at schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit.
  • March 2018: Surveys sent out to non-school parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit.
  • Spring 2018: Results from surveys will be available.