Steward50: Give to support our strategic plan

Steward for All Steward for Learning Steward for the Individual

Compass 2022, a strategic plan developed by and for our community, will lead our school proudly toward our 50th anniversary in 2022. The plan focuses on five key areas of prioritization. Every few months this year, we'll share more information about one area that you can help support via your mailbox, inbox, and social media feeds. In September, we focused on Steward for Learning (Modern Knowledge) in November, the subject was Steward for the Individual (Wellness) and in February, the subject was Steward for All (Community).

Steward for All

How will programming focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) enhance our learning environment and our community? DEI-focused programming - both in and out of the classroom - will help us maintain and enhance our welcoming, safe, and connected environment. This is the type of environment in which students and faculty can thrive, one in which they are able to become their own best selves. This not only enhances the learning experience and connectedness among our student body today, but it will also develop our students into people who are well-equipped to navigate college and life in today’s world.

How can Steward50 support a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) community?
Funds raised as part of Steward50 will support our endowment, which in turn supports programmatic enhancements. Endowment funds create increased curricular and extracurricular opportunities, such as speakers, field trips, clubs, events, and staffing - all of which build understanding and connection among our students and staff.

Steward for the Individual

What does it mean for a school to take care of the “whole person?”
In order for students to thrive in an academic learning environment, they must have the space and skills to care for themselves so that they are both emotionally and physically ready to learn.

What’s different about our approach at Steward?
The increasingly fast-paced, competitive, and technology-based modern culture can have an impact on all of us, from the smallest JK’ers to Upper Schoolers and teachers. It’s essential that our school recognizes this and directly addresses it in our program. Steward, a generally joyful learning environment for students and teachers, is providing tools for mindfulness, character education, and healthy choices. We’re adding more time outside and bringing in special speakers and professional development about health and wellbeing. These things are making a difference already, and we will continue to enhance this programming in the months and years to come.

Through your support for the Steward50 campaign, we can build on this programming now and for years to come. To learn more about how your gift to Steward50 supports programming like this, reach out to Development Director Shawn Morrison at Please click here to donate.

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Steward for Learning

In the fall of 2019, we first focused on “Steward for Learning,” the part of the strategic plan that details how we approach modern knowledge in our program.

What is modern knowledge?
Head of School Dan Frank explains, “We’re not pursuing knowledge for the sake of knowledge at Steward. Today’s world is in need of thinkers, doers, and leaders who will be idea-generators and solution-builders. That’s what we’re teaching. Traditional curricula gives us fundamental knowledge, but modern knowledge, such as systems thinking and design thinking, combines that knowledge and teaches us how to apply it.”

What’s different about our approach at Steward?
Our intentionality,” Mr. Frank said. “Not only do we train our faculty on how to teach it, but we hold them accountable for it. That sets us apart.”

Watch the video below to learn more about how modern knowledge comes to life at Steward. To watch more videos about our school, our strategic plan, and our campaign, click here. To learn about how your gift to Steward50 supports this programming, reach out to Shawn Morrison, Director of Development, at Click here to make a gift today.

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