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Strategic Plan: Vision 2020

In 2015, the Board of Directors, Administration and Faculty of DePaul College Prep developed and began implementing the school’s first strategic plan. Vision 2020: Faith in our Future is our five year blueprint for success in six key areas: Learning Environment and Faculty Growth; Student Life and Community Engagement; Catholic Identity and Heritage; Marketing; Facilities; and Finance.

Embedded within the plan and in all we do are our four Core Values: Faith, Respect, Excellence and Service. DePaul Prep consciously partners with our students, our families, our faculty, our academic partner DePaul University and the larger Chicago community to create a supportive and successful learning environment for our students. In turn, as an important community anchor in Chicago, we embrace our responsibility to educate students how to use their God given talents to help make our city and our world a better place.

By addressing the goals of Vision 2020, DePaul Prep will contribute to the betterment our society as we achieve our vision to help create a compassionate, educated and just world, one student at a time.

Vision 2020: Recent Accomplishments

  • AdvancEd and ISBE site visits successfully completed
  • Continued professional development regarding use of technology as teaching tool
  • Introduction of Director of Instruction working with all faculty
  • Created and implemented mentorship program for new faculty
  • Created Board Committee focused on University Partnership to ensure continued enhancement of academic partnership with DePaul University
  • Successful hiring process for new Principal and successful transition from first Principal to new Principal
  • Successful transition from former Assistant Principal to new Assistant Principal
  • Graduation of first four year DePaul College Prep class; 100% college acceptance
  • ACT scores continue to rise
  • Second cohort of IB students graduated in 2018; 3 of 5 achieve full IB Diploma
  • Graduated first cohort of ComEd Scholars
  • 13 students enrolled in dual enrollment classes for college credit at DePaul University, Summer 2018
  • Successful recruitment of new faculty, counselors, administrators for 2018-19
  • Introduced All in for DePaul Prep theme
  • Developed strong partnership with reconstituted Parent Association
  • Introduced new parent orientation/social/affinity events
  • Hosted Kleinschmidt Recognition Ceremony; established Kleinschmidt Endowed Scholarship Fund and achieved 75% funding toward goal in Year 1
  • Varsity boys basketball game vs. DeLaSalle at Wintrust Arena
  • Hired Director of Student Life/Student Activities for 2018-2019 academic year
  • Successful transition from long time Athletic Director to Interim Athletic Director and Interim Assistant Athletic Director
  • Successfully introduced singing of Call to Faith, DePaul Prep alma mater at liturgies and graduation ceremonies
  • Introduced Call to Victory at athletic events
  • Office of Mission and Values fully integrated for liturgies, retreats, service, core values recognition
  • Establishment of Ubi Caritas initiative
  • Introduction of Green City Market health, nutrition and service learning partnership in steam curriculum
  • Through the generosity of the DeCaigny family, filmed and produced new marketing video
  • Full page ad and article in Crain’s Private School Planner
  • Welcome video for Class of 2022 created in-house and sent to accepted freshmen
  • Hired Communications staff to coordinate all marketing, social media, and communications and ensure consistent message and branding
  • Created DePaul College Prep Alumni Association and installed Class of 2018 as inaugural members at graduation
  • Class of 2022 recruitment yields 154 students - 48% more students than Class of 2018 graduating class Total Enrollment projected to reach 500 in 2018-19
  • Increased number of academic scholarships awarded to Class of 2022 and achieved conversion rate of students who received academic scholarships and enrolled from 0 in 2017 to 47 in 2018
  • Consulted with DePaul University Director of Facilities, architects and contractors
  • Retained Capital Campaign consultants
  • Director of Finance and Operations fully on board and involved in budget development and planning, revenue projections for short and long term enrollment growth, facilities discussions
  • Tuition and fees increased and tied to financial benchmarks
  • DePaul College Prep Foundation established; Illinois not for profit and IRS recognition as tax exempt achieved
  • Endowment initiated with first contributions from Tom Kleinschmidt Endowed Scholarship and other donations
  • Reserve funding continued
  • ComEd scholarship grants renewed
  • Advancement calendar created
  • Invest in Kids Scholarships (24) awarded to DePaul Prep families or prospective families, relieving some financial burden from DePaul Prep funded tuition assistance
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