“What a blessing you are from God! ˜ere is no doubt that the hand of God has brought CSM into the workings of our Diocese and speciÿcally John Carroll High School. You conducted a ˛awless retreat which resulted in very practical and attainable dra˝ goals for our school. Participants have been expressing to me how excited they are to get to work. ˜e future is certainly bright, and with your help, God is going to accomplish miraculous works for our students (present and future). Once again, thank you for everything that you have done for our school. May God continue to bless you and the ministry of CSM.”

Ben Hopper, Principal John Carroll Catholic High School, Fort Pierce, Florida

Strategic Planning

Catholic School Management (CSM), a division of Christian Brothers Services, has helped Catholic elementary schools, high schools, parishes, dioceses and religious orders to prepare and implement more than 120 strategic plans.

Grounded in Mission
CSM approach to planning keeps mission at the forefront with the resulting plan providing the bridge that takes an organization from its current state to its vision or desired state. Maintaining and enhancing Catholic identity are of paramount importance with school and diocesan school office strategic plans designed to align with the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools.

Designed to Meet Your Needs
All CSM approaches to strategic planning reflect the belief that both data-based information and the perspectives of people are equally important to the ultimate design and success of a strategic plan. Planning processes are always highly collaborative and participative to ensure excitement and investment in a plan beginning with its creation. Processes are customized to client needs and can be facilitated in collaboration with school leadership or highly directed to give maximum consultative input into outcomes. Options are available for demographic studies, focus group interviews, online surveys and market research.

Comprehensive Planning
Planning elements consider the entire organization ensuring maximum growth. Planning areas include:

  • Catholic Identity
  • Ownership and Governance
  • Administrative Structure and Span of Control
  • Academic, Co-Curricular and Extracurricular Programs
  • Instructional Delivery
  • Technology
  • Guidance and Counseling Programs
  • Enrollment and Marketing
  • Institutional Advancement and Development
  • Finances
  • Plant and Facilities
  • Relationship of the school or organization to communities served
  • Educate for service
  • Proclaim Gospel message
  • Provide opportunities for worship.

Just in Time and Ongoing Support
CSM approach to planning goes beyond the delivery of a written plan to provide extra support with critical elements to support long-term success. This begins with guidance related to communication and marketing during and upon the adoption of a plan. Also included is the delivery of recommended systems, templates and procedures designed to ensure maximum buy-in and success throughout the strategic plan development and implementation processes.


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