In October of 2016, grounded by BFIS’s mission, vision and values, a group of parents, faculty, students and members of the Foundation Board began a journey of Redefining BFIS. The goal was, collectively, to set the strategic direction of the school using the wisdom of all of it’s stakeholders. During the school year of 2016-2017, parents, students, teachers, school administrators, board members and even founders of the school were led through specific processes and protocols by a professional facilitators to identify what should we KEEP as a school, what should we DROP or improve and what it is necessary to CREATE to keep BFIS on the cutting edge of international education and have our students ready to lead in the 21st workplaces they will be entering.
From this work so enthusiastically carried out by our community, four learning strategies were developed that will be our roadmap until 2022. We started working on this plan soon afterwards. In the spring of 2017, the faculty, school administration and board had already began developing goals that provided the measurable action steps for this next level of excellence for the school. That same year, we already took concrete steps toward these strategies.
Although ambitious in scope, the four strategies are rooted in ongoing efforts with an emphasis on deepening and sustaining initiatives. We are committed to preparing our students for success in a globally connected world where they demonstrate knowledge and skills in the core subjects at a high level of understanding. They need to be innovative and critical thinkers who exhibit adaptability and work well with others. We need them to serve others and actively make the world a better place. This is a tall order but our strategies will provide the roadmap.
We are very proud that this Strategic Plan represents the work and the voices of hundreds of members of our community that worked with the school administration during six months. The results are so incredibly impressive an exciting. What became very clear to me in the past two days is that we are part of a very special community that will continue to put the needs of the students at the forefront of every decision we make. What an exciting time to be here at BFIS!