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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Strategic Initiative #8
    Poly Fund 2015 16 Search Strategic Initiative 8 STRATEGIC CHALLENGE At a school with an ambitious and growing academic and co curricular program and with leadership and faculty eager to innovate and incorporate 21 st century skills cutting edge pedagogy and new technology into the classroom the laboratory the stage the art studio and onto the playing field it can be easy to lose track of our ancillary programs Given their highly disparate target audiences missions programs curricula faculty staff facilities requirements and resource demands it can also be a challenge for the school to view them as a coherent whole with an explicit purpose and measurable program outcomes As new programs are added on an ad hoc basis they may not always be adequately resourced or effectively planned Integration with our core academics and co curriculars may also be less than ideal Yet the community outreach brand impact income generation and student benefit of these programs are real and vital at a time when experiential learning collaboration teamwork skill building pre professional experiences global education opportunities are more important than ever before STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE Poly must continue to use its two historic and beautiful campuses during the summer and during off hours evenings and weekends to supplement the school s core academic and co curricular programs for our own students We must also offer skill building ranging from academics and athletics to test prep and the chance to collaborate in teams and performances provide opportunities for global education and pre professional experiences serve the larger communities where we operate and live educate children beyond those enrolled in our school and help build our brand and reputation Integrating our summer program more closely with our academic program ensuring that after school programs appropriately supplement our Lower School curriculum enhancing our

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Strategic Initiative #9
    Performing Arts Poly Fund 2015 16 Search Strategic Initiative 9 STRATEGIC CHALLENGE Competition for New York City s best and brightest students has increased as other and new New York City independent schools more aggressively target affluent families the city s diverse communities and students with outstanding academic artistic and athletic abilities Improvements in the city s public magnet schools both middle and high schools also pose recruitment and retention challenges to Poly at various grade levels Determining the right level and demographic breakdown of enrollment school wide and by grade is sometimes challenging due to yearly fluctuations in the applicant pool and yield High demand for Lower School slots at the earliest grades pose different challenges because it is hard to accurately assess student ability for Poly s challenging curriculum at very young ages Moreover slots for talented Lower School students in higher grades are limited by space constraints making it difficult to accept new students in those grades STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE Poly will strengthen its ability to attract and retain the best applicants at all entry levels who will support and fulfill the mission of the school We will particularly target students at the highest levels of academic ability

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Strategic Initiative #10
    Welcome to Poly Upper School Middle School Lower School Tuition Financial Aid Meet the Admissions Staff Take a Virtual Tour Giving Giving Guide Poly Fund Tower Society Matching Gifts Give Online Performing Arts Poly Fund 2015 16 Search Strategic Initiative 10 STRATEGIC CHALLENGE Over the last decade there has been an unprecedented increase in the number of charitable organizations across the country This fact combined with the persistent skepticism around an uncertain economic climate means organizations are competing for fewer charitable dollars as giving options have expanded while individual corporate and foundation giving has declined With ever increasing tuition costs independent schools have the added pressure of convincing current families as well as other stakeholders that the institution requires more than tuition and ancillary income to operate As such Poly like its peers must find innovative meaningful and effective ways to compel all of its constituents to be active participants in the school community with the dual goal of ensuring a positive experience and having that experience translate into support that will enhance or offset our annual budget and increase our endowment In addition the Trustees and administration of the school have a fiscal obligation to maximize their return on investment in fundraising staff ensuring that the resources committed to raising money are reasonable and proportionate to the income realized by those efforts STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE Independent School Management ISM defines a Development program as the strategic process by which schools identify cultivate solicit recognize and steward prospects and donors to establish and nurture relationships and to raise resources The development strategic plan is designed to define and outline how this office will provide a business model of action and accountability to support the administration in meeting this objective It is the duty of the Development Office to demonstrate the connection

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Strategic Initiative #11
    Fund 2015 16 Search Strategic Initiative 11 STRATEGIC CHALLENGE While recent admissions and fundraising successes four year improvements in website social media metrics and increased satisfaction levels in parent surveys all indicate Poly s brand is growing and healthy Poly faces three key challenges First external market research indicates that in an information economy attention is the rarest and most expensive commodity All brands face growing marketing white noise or a dramatic increase in marketing messages both from for profits and non profits Such noise makes it harder to reach audiences even when they have strong pre existing relationships with a brand The dramatic decline of traditional news media as a source for news and effective advertising also poses related challenges Second Poly faces growing marketing competition from New York City area peer independent schools high profile magnet public schools and new independent for profit schools The related need to add and maintain social media and video marketing while also improving the school s website and continue our use of print direct mail and direct email poses staffing and funding challenges Third with three main revenue streams admissions development and ancillary programs and exciting new strategic initiatives Poly must strengthen management collaboration marketing planning consistent branding and graphic identity and the use of audience data to formulate effective messages choose brand vehicles and effectively target and convert key audiences STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE To meet these challenges Poly will grow its brand via the four primary spheres of public relations and marketing 1 owned platforms including the school s print collateral email direct mail and websites paid platforms advertising via news sites and blogs with dramatic shift to web based advertising earned platforms placed or influenced news features in local or national media blogs and shared platforms word of mouth social media

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Strategic Initiative #12
    the Admissions Staff Take a Virtual Tour Giving Giving Guide Poly Fund Tower Society Matching Gifts Give Online Performing Arts Poly Fund 2015 16 Search Strategic Initiative 12 STRATEGIC CHALLENGE Even in a sluggish economy attracting and retaining the best human capital will remain a top challenge for Poly Peer New York City independent schools and magnet public schools are competing with us to recruit the most talented employees Poly s STEM technology and 21 st century skills initiatives will require Poly to find scientists technologists mentors and instructors in hard to recruit disciplines where there are few qualified or experienced applicants As Poly s student body grows more diverse the school must seek out a more diverse faculty and staff Poly families also have increasing expectations about the quality and commitment of their children s teachers coaches and of the school s staff and administration Finally all fields academic artistic and athletic and administrative areas are changing rapidly necessitating both an institutional and a personal commitment to continual professional development for all employees STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE Poly will continue to encourage the growth of an institutional culture of accountability collaboration self improvement and excellence among all employees The school will

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Strategic Initiative #13
    Middle School Lower School Tuition Financial Aid Meet the Admissions Staff Take a Virtual Tour Giving Giving Guide Poly Fund Tower Society Matching Gifts Give Online Performing Arts Poly Fund 2015 16 Search Strategic Initiative 13 STRATEGIC CHALLENGE While Poly Prep enjoys the use of two beautiful and historic campuses in Brooklyn a landmarked recently renovated LEED certified Lower School in Park Slope and a college like 25 acre Middle Upper School in Dyker Heights with high quality arts and athletic facilities the school nonetheless faces three major challenges in managing its physical plant First peer independent schools are targeting significant funding towards campus enhancement posing competition for recruitment and retention Second Poly must continue to modernize ageing building infrastructure and find ways to better accommodate current and projected enrollment Third the school must ensure that its campuses can support its ambitious strategic initiatives for academic and programs and for greening STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE To meet these challenges Poly will benchmark its own facilities improvement plans and funding against peer schools implement and enhance existing plans for infrastructure modernization including measures for greening and sustainability and the expansion of useable learning space and seek additional funding to meet the needs of

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Strategic Initiative #14
    Diversity Library Policies Health Safety Explore Poly Prep Summer News Calendar News Daily Calendar Athletics Calendar Photos Videos Poly Publications Parents Bus Schedules Lunch Menus Alumni Performing Arts Home Admissions Welcome to Poly Upper School Middle School Lower School Tuition Financial Aid Meet the Admissions Staff Take a Virtual Tour Giving Giving Guide Poly Fund Tower Society Matching Gifts Give Online Performing Arts Poly Fund 2015 16 Search Strategic Initiative 14 STRATEGIC CHALLENGE In an economy whose short and medium term prospects remain uncertain ensuring the current and future financial health of a non profit independent school will require careful stewardship Peer New York City schools with much larger endowments wealthier parent and alumni communities and smaller less historic campuses will also challenge Poly as it seeks to remain a top independent educational option Issues of tuition the full cost of educating each student financial aid fundraising managing expenses and supporting the school s ambitious agenda for the advancement of its mission and its academics and programs will demand robust financial planning and oversight STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE The school will continue to ensure prudent day to day fiscal management make savvy investment decisions minimize debt control expenses optimize revenue and make

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Poly Prep | Mind, Body, Character
    Poly s News Archive Our Program Academics Athletics Upper School Middle School Lower School Poly Prep Summer Academic Excellence Honor Societies Performing Arts Visual Arts Technology Sustainability Diversity Library Policies Health Safety Explore Poly Prep Summer News Calendar News Daily Calendar Athletics Calendar Photos Videos Poly Publications Parents Bus Schedules Lunch Menus Alumni Performing Arts Home Admissions Welcome to Poly Upper School Middle School Lower School Tuition Financial Aid Meet the Admissions Staff Take a Virtual Tour Giving Giving Guide Poly Fund Tower Society Matching Gifts Give Online Performing Arts Poly Fund 2015 16 Search About Poly Since 1854 a Legacy of Service Success Since 1854 Poly has graduated thousands of alumni who have become some of the nation s leaders in the arts athletics business science medicine law government education philanthropy and helping others Poly s mission is to prepare and inspire the next diverse generation of leaders and global citizens to act with intelligence imagination and above all character David B Harman Headmaster Poly Offers Outstanding Faculty Global Learning Through Diversity Our students join Poly s outstanding faculty most with advanced degrees and all deeply committed to teaching in an intellectually challenging yet nurturing learning community Imbued with humility and the ability to listen Poly students engage with teachers and peers from very different ethnicities and backgrounds and with many different talents and interests in order to study take risks and grow A cross section of New York City s best and brightest Poly offers global learning through diversity to train leaders for the 21 st century where many nations and cultures must work together Poly Provides a Secure Urban Oasis for Growth Poly is one school with two beautiful campuses that each provide an urban oasis in Brooklyn New York Poly s Middle Upper School Dyker Heights together with our Lower School Park Slope educate students from Nursery through 12 th grade Our environmentally friendly campuses also foster ecological awareness Directions to Poly Poly Builds Character In our Upper School 9 th 12 th grade our students must complete a community service curriculum including freshmen classes in volunteering and service learning the completion of at least 40 hours of service with a charity or non profit before graduation many go far beyond our minimum requirement and complete hundreds of hours and a reflection project such as an essay Power Point presentation or diary in which students write about analyze and evaluate the impact of their service on themselves and those they sought to help In addition many Poly students also organize fundraising drives for specific charities or causes Last year school wide Nursery 12 th grade Poly students raised 42 000 for hundreds of NYC area charities while Upper School students collectively volunteered thousands of hours of community service locally and abroad Poly Educates the Whole Student Poly educates the whole student mind body and above all character Through mentoring formal advising programs ethical education health and wellness curricula and nurturing student teacher engagement Poly take a

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