Strategic Priorities 2017-2020

Message from the Board President and Head of School

Building upon the excellent work that was done in 2012/2013 by the Strategic Task Force, the TPS board of trustees is pleased to share an updated set of priorities. These four priorities reinforce the previous plan’s commitment to preserving, enriching and evolving our wonderful school and its rich program and history, and boldly challenges us to continually assess and measure our efforts toward achieving excellence in all that we do. 

1.  Deliver Academic and Faculty Excellence 

2.  Maintain Financial Health and Vitality 

3.  Strategically Manage Enrollment 

4.  Proactively Plan for TPS’ Future Success 

We invite you to read more on each of the four strategic priorities and their respective initiatives intended to provide current and long-term financial and enrollment stability, press the school to persistently strive for brilliance and innovation, and, most important, continue to deliver a world-class program to students today, and well into the future. Ultimately, it is our unwavering mission to empower every student to achieve his or her academic and personal success. 

Pam van der Lee Todd Stansbery

Board President Head of School

1. Deliver Academic and Faculty Excellence 

Dedicated to academic excellence and the education of the whole child, TPS will continue to enrich its rigorous academic curriculum and treasured character education program and will proactively identify, evaluate and implement pedagogical advances that will best prepare its students for academic and personal success. Celebrating the role that teachers play in delivering the student’s education, TPS is committed to cultivating an inclusive and collaborative learning community for faculty and partnering with them to identify and develop new and enhanced skills needed to educate students in a rapidly changing and technologically advanced world. 

  • Nurture, develop and advance world-class faculty 
  • Continuously research, evaluate and enrich academic programming and delivery, to ensure the development of the knowledge and skills needed to best prepare students for secondary schools and beyond. 
  •  Continue to revere character education as an essential part of TPS curriculum and embrace it as a differentiator of our program 

2. Maintain Financial Health and Vitality 

Guided by sound financial management principles, TPS will maintain a balanced budget through sustainable enrollment, effective cost management, efficient application of capital resources, and additional fundraising/revenue-generating initiatives. 

  • Ensure responsible fiscal management, while striving to minimize tuition increases  
  • Realize a balanced operating budget with no deficits year on year 
  • Grow our endowment 
  • Responsibly manage debt and surpluses 
  • Invest in Development Team and continue success of fundraising efforts 
  • Complete master facility plan and achieve/allocate appropriate funds to implement specified phased building and plant enhancements 
  • Identify additional/new, innovative revenue streams to reduce dependence on tuition

3. Strategically Manage Enrollment 

Reliant on strong enrollment to maintain the financial health of the school, as well as providing an optimal classroom and learning environment for our students, TPS will attract, cultivate and retain a diverse student population that thrives in a program committed to rigorous academic excellence and upholds the core values, traditions and experiences of the school. 

  • Achieve enrollment targets for new students year over year 
  • Maintain/minimize attrition rates year over year 
  • Launch a comprehensive, multi-faceted marketing program to increase our name/brand recognition and communicate the beneficial qualities of a TPS education 

4. Proactively Plan for Future Success 

Devoted to delivering exceptional learning outcomes for its current and future students that are consistent with the school’s mission and expected of best in class independent schools, TPS is committed to ongoing self-examination of our educational quality, financial model and operational competency. Our dedication to excellence, proactive evolution of our programmatic offerings, and regular self-examination, will ensure that TPS is well positioned to optimize the benefits and mitigate the challenges associated with an ever-changing educational, economic and demographic landscape in our area, our nation and our world. 

  • Assess regional and national economic and demographic shifts and preemptively explore ways to optimize opportunities and mitigate challenges 
  • Explore partnerships/strategic alliances with educational experts and partners to identify potential signature programs/exclusive offerings and/or broader/differentiating experiences for TPS students 


Giving Thanks
We give thanks to those who led the way at the beginning our strategic initiatives and to all those who have followed in their footsteps. Your support is integral to the future of Tuxedo Park School, and we are proud and grateful to partner with you.  

Faculty and Professional Development
Monderer Initiative for Professional Development
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Monderer, P’13

Mr. James and Mrs. Nina Obolensky Prudden ‘76
Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature by Carol Monderer

21st Century Education
Brain & Learning Initiative for Differentiated Instruction
Mr. Marc Kirschenbaum and Dr. Stacey Kirschenbaum

STEAM Initiative and Curricular Innovations
Mr. and Mrs. Pierson G. Mapes

Dr. Prem Lachman and Ms. Joyce Falini, P'17, P'17

Blairhame Centennial Fund to Prepare, Preserve and Expand the Campus
Graduation Garden
2014 Freshman Class Gift
2015 Freshman Class Gift
2016 Freshman Class Gift

Dining Room
2014 TPS Annual Benefit - Raise Your Paddle
Lead Donors:
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Donaghy, P’13, P’15, P’16, P’18

Blairhame Lobby
2015 TPS Annual Benefit - Raise Your Paddle
Lead Donors:
Dr. Prem Lachman and Ms. Joyce Falini, P'17, P'17
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Swanson
Convertible Performing Arts and Assembly Center
2016 TPS Annual Benefit - Raise Your Paddle
Lead Donors:
Mr. and Mrs. Terrance Coughlin, P'16
Dr. Prem Lachman and Ms. Joyce Falini, P'17, P'17
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