Hackley Launches Strategic Plan


In presentations to employees, Upper School students, and parents, on October 9 and 10, Hackley announced its strategic plan, the result of more than a year’s research, discussion, and planning by the Steering Committee and five working groups. 

The process was built on the aspirations articulated in Hackley’s Portrait of a Graduate, and driven forward with the collaboration of over 60 members of the Hackley community—including students, faculty and administration, parents, alumni, and trustees. 

The plan, “Redefining Excellence: Learning Beyond Boundaries,” acknowledges Hackley’s strengths and seeks to support the School’s ongoing, thoughtful evolution toward greater strength, in recognition that the needs of our students change continually.  The plan looks to prepare Hackley to support the educational needs of students graduating in years to come, including our current kindergarten class of 2031 and beyond.

Following remarks by Board President John Canoni and Steering Committee Chair, Trustee Vin Sandhu, parents at the October 10 “State of the School” event saw this video, heard from Head of School Michael Wirtz as he forecast the many ways the plan could materialize in meaningful ways over the near and longer term, and from Valentina Castro, current senior and member of the steering committee, who shared a student perspective on the vital importance of the bold initiatives ahead.

The plan lays out four strategies:

 I. Redefine a Liberal Arts Education

II. Promote the Hilltop as a Learning Hub

III. Build for the Future

VI. Nurture a Culture of Wellness

The plan will be presented to Hackley alumni returning for Alumni Day on October 13, and ongoing communications will keep the community advised of news and progress.

As Michael Wirtz noted, “This is a big moment in the history of the school, and it’s such a wonderful time to be at Hackley. There’s this sacred trust our families and employees have in the institution itself. What this plan is actually about is living out that trust.”

Chris DeFrancesco