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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.

I. Learning Environment and Faculty Growth

Goal: Enhance academic programs and support faculty growth.

Objectives:

  • Attract and retain an outstanding faculty
  • Strengthen current and develop new high-quality academic programs to support learning and innovation
  • Strengthen and expand the use of technology
  • Enhance the current program of support services for students
  • Focus the DePaul Prep community on the growth of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program

II. Student and Community Engagement

Goal: Enhance the daily life and extra-curricular experience of the students through opportunities for student growth and enrichment within a diverse community committed to the mission and vision of the school.

Objectives:

  • Cultivate a holistic education grounded in Catholic teaching
  • Create a culture of philanthropy within the DePaul College Prep community, while strengthening the connection between our students and families to the school's mission and core values
  • Engage faculty, staff and parents to facilitate and model student development academically, spiritually, athletically and creatively in the life of the school community
  • Engage faculty, staff and parents to support the mission and vision of the school
  • Enhance and expand the student Community Service program

III. Catholic Identity and Heritage

Goal 1: Become a school with a strong Catholic identity based on the dual charisms of the Resurrectionists of the Congregation of the Resurrection and the Vincentians of the Congregation of the Mission.

Objectives:

  • Integrate and communicate the mission, vision and Catholic identity of DePaul Prep to students, parents, faculty and staff
  • Prepare our diverse student body for a global world by making service a key value and element of the culture of the school; involving students, parents, faculty and staff in service related projects; and demonstrating how service relates to the academic and Catholic identity of the school
  • Develop a strong Catholic identity through communication and liturgy while still being inclusive to non-Catholic students
  • Develop days of reflection and assemblies on the four pillars of our core values: faith, respect, excellence and service

Goal II: Reignite a sense of history of the Catholic high schools of Gordon Tech and Archbishop Weber in Chicago, and promote a love for the past and a pledge for the future.

Objectives:

  • Develop public spaces in the school for the heritage of Gordon Tech, Weber High School and the Congregation of the Resurrection
  • Engage DePaul Prep students in conducting and preserving oral history interviews with alumni, faculty and staff of Gordon Tech and Weber High School to reflect the heritage of the schools and the roles the schools played n the Catholic heritage of Chicago
  • Explore the creation of scholarships that commemorate Rev. Francis Gordon and Archbishop Weber at DePaul College Prep

IV. Marketing

Goal: Bring the DePaul College Prep brand to life ensuring a strong pipeline of academically qualified students who reflect the core values of faith, respect, excellence and service.

Objectives:

  • Meet or exceed annual enrollment targets
  • Raise awareness of DePaul College Prep among target audiences
  • Bring the DePaul College Prep brand to life
  • Clarify DePaul College Prep's point of difference
  • Establish DePaul College Prep as an anchor institution in the community

V. Facilities

Goal: Create a welcoming, safe, fully equipped, accessible and environmentally efficient facility for students, faculty and staff.

Objectives:

  • Identify, assess and complete short term renovations and repairs to the facility
  • Develop appropriate funding mechanisms to support ongoing renovations and repairs to the facility
  • Identify and assess the long term facility needs
  • Develop capital campaign and funding mechanisms to support and maintain long term facility plans for growth

VI. Finance

Goal: Achieve a balanced budget as quickly as possible while continuing to invest appropriately to improve the academic quality of the institution. Work to reduce the dependence on philanthropic support to fund ongoing operations so that gift activity can be used to develop a reserve fund supporting financial aid, scholarships and long term capital improvements.

Objectives:

  • Establish policies and procedures to ensure financial oversight for budgeting and financial planning, reporting and the monitoring of internal controls
  • Develop an advancement plan to establish an endowment to support and shift the burden of financial aid from the operating budget to a more balanced funding source
  • Develop a sustainable operations model
  • Create a multi-year operating budget that integrates the strategic plan goals and objectives

Vision 2020: Year 3 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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