This plan addresses six core goals for the Catholic school system: Catholicity, Academics, Leadership, Operations, Office of Catholic Schools (OCS) Reorganization, and Funding. The School Board is confident that focused, proactive attention to all six areas will increase the number of students benefiting from an excellent Catholic education.
"I am grateful to the Archdiocesan School Board who, with the cooperation of the Archdiocesan Superintendent of Schools, Sr. M. Paul McCaughey, O.P., worked long and hard on this strategic plan," remarked Cardinal Francis George. "It took effort to research and write; it will take more effort to implement. But the determination for the task is strong. I am confident that this plan will be successfully brought to completion in our schools, with the help of God’s grace, by all those who have contributed to it."
The plan’s action steps to achieve the six goals include measures to (1) insure the continuing strength of the schools’ Catholic identity; (2) make sure that academics stay strong and in pace with the highest norms; and (3) find, foster and reward excellent principals and teachers. Implementation of the plan also requires (4) an immediate hands-on assistance program, which has already begun to stabilize struggling schools by helping them institute best practices. (5) In addition, the OCS management structure will be reorganized and staffed to make sure these efforts are effective. (6) Finally, the Plan proposes a substantial fundraising campaign to create a sufficient endowment going forward.
In the next few months the School Board will produce a more detailed list of specific tasks tied to a timeline to implement the Plan. The Board believes that targeted funding and strategic use of both old and new infrastructure will help ensure the overall goal: to provide a great Catholic education to every child who wants to enter our school doors.
The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools serve over 85,000 students in 250 schools across the City of Chicago, and Cook and Lake counties. In each of the past three years elementary school enrollment has increased in the City of Chicago, and over half of all schools are stabilizing and growing their student enrollment. It is the United States' largest private school system and the recipient of the most U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Awards of any other system. Parents or guardians seeking faith, focus and achievement for their children are encouraged to visit http://schools.archchicago.org.