In March of 2018, the Board of Trustees affirmed the launch of a visioning and strategic planning process for Curtis School. This endeavor will bring our community together to discuss the school’s future in order to extend our proud tradition of developing, in every child, a sound mind in a sound body governed by a compassionate heart. As an added bonus, with our centennial celebration coming into view, this planning process will provide us with the opportunity to consider the ways we might honor our school’s remarkable history.

Over the course of this school year, every member of the Curtis community is being invited to engage in important conversations. These are taking many forms: one-on-one interviews, group discussions, group work sessions, and online surveys. As an important component of these conversations, we are continuing to tap into the wisdom of our alumni.

As we proceed, this web page will offer updated information and provide a virtual “place” to continue conversations that may have started elsewhere. Here you will find
the names of our steering committee members; postings for meetings, with times and places; invitations to take part in surveys; and information about other ways to contribute to this work. Throughout the process, we hope you will participate in a variety of forums as they are scheduled.

Upcoming Events

  • Student Interviews - Winter
  • Faculty, Staff & Leadership Sessions - Spring (tba)
  • Board of Trustees Session - Spring (tba)

Envision Our Future FAQs

List of 9 items.

  • What is Strategic Planning?

    Strategic planning is a process of discovery, reflection, discussion, community building, and priority setting through which an organization, like Curtis School, defines its overarching direction and strategy, sets goals, and develops objectives and implementation steps necessary to achieve those goals. A good strategic planning process generates goals that are aspirational, but also practical and obtainable, through a broad-based process that depends upon the participation of faculty, staff, parents, students, and alumni. The best strategic planning process results in a plan that is institutionally resonant—it reflects the unique characteristics and goals of that institution. Curtis School’s new strategic plan will guide the school for the coming five to ten years.
  • Why now?

    A number of external factors call for the development of a Curtis strategic plan: the diversification of Los Angeles; the unprecedented pace of technological change; emerging research as digital natives enter the workforce; imaginative, new ways of teaching and learning; and our goal to make more environmentally sustainable decisions.

    But internal factors are equally, or more, important: the desire to define and realize Curtis School’s aspirations for the next five to ten years in teaching and learning, campus master planning, our next CAIS/WASC accreditation process, future capital campaign planning, and marketing and communications needs. 

    This strategic planning process was not launched to correct any deficiency, fix any problem, or remediate any function or program of the School. Instead, it begins from a position of strength and provides the opportunity for Curtis to plan for even greater accomplishments in the future. Its purpose is not to challenge the direction of our mission or vision; rather, it will build upon our strong foundation.
  • How will we ensure that all members of our community have opportunities to contribute?

    The strategic planning process will provide multiple opportunities for every member of the Curtis community to share their observations, opinions, ideas, and recommendations.

    The process of discovery (information gathering) will include individual and group interviews; focus groups; inter-disciplinary discussions; surveys of faculty, staff, parents, and alumni; and an "idea wall."

    Furthermore, the Steering Committee is a group appointed by the Head of School to help guide the planning process. It is comprised of individuals representing the diverse constituencies in the Curtis community.
  • Why does Steering Committee membership require such an intense time commitment?

    Throughout 2018, and in the spring of 2019, members of the Steering Committee will meet frequently to receive and discuss information being gathered in the process of discovery; given the size and scope of the School and the number and variety of information-gathering methods intended, there will be a great deal of data to manage and think about. Time commitments will be much lighter during the summer, while the consultants are preparing thoughtful analyses of the data. Members of the Steering Committee will participate in monthly planning meetings, and they will play an active and critical role in creating the plan's goals and objectives. Steering Committee members will also have liaison roles with Curtis constituencies.

    While we recognize that the time commitment will be significant at times, the dedication of the Steering Committee will be a determining factor in the final outcome of the planning process.
  • Who are the members of the Steering Committee?

    Please see the list on this webpage for Steering Committee members and a contact email.
  • Who are the consultants on this project, and why do we need them?

    To help us in this endeavor, we have retained Doing Good Marketing; a local firm with deep experience helping independent schools shape their futures and strengthen their brands.

    Their role will be to act as an objective third party, concerned only with the need to create an 
    ambitious yet practical plan that responds to the needs and concerns of the Curtis community and allows every part of the school to flourish while advancing the mission and values of the school. Their impartiality and focus on the project will allow the planning to progress without reducing the working capacity of the school staff. 
  • How will I be kept abreast of progress throughout the strategic planning process?

    The Curtis community received an introduction to the initiative at the State of School Address on April 18. Current Curtis parents may login to CougarNet and go to the State of the School Resource Board to view what was presented during this important evening. 

    Throughout the process, the community will receive regular updates on the progress of the planning effort through this Strategic Planning webpage, periodic emails, and announcements in faculty, staff, and parent association meetings.
  • How can I get involved with the planning process?

    All members of the Curtis community will have a chance to have their voices heard through interviews, focus groups, group forums, surveys, and idea walls, and every voice is important. The more opinions we hear during the process, the better the plan will be, so please volunteer when contacted, and make sure you check your email and the strategic planning website often.
  • What happens once the plan is created?

    The Curtis strategic plan will include specific steps for implementation, including activities required to accomplish goals, timelines, assignments of responsibility and accountability, and metrics for the assessment of progress. The strategic plan is intended to inform decision making and resource allocation; it should not merely sit in a binder on a shelf. To be useful in these ways, the strategic plan must be developed through a trustworthy and transparent process that reflects a balance of leadership vision and faculty, staff, parent, student, and alumni input.

Envision Our Future Steering Committee

Roy Choi, Curtis Parent

Rob Friedman, Trustee, Curtis Parent

Ginger Healy, Fifth Grade Teacher, Curtis Alumna '97

Vanessa Keith Garcia, Trustee, Curtis Parent

Ashley Ma, Director of 6th Grade and Secondary School Outplacement, Curtis Parent

Kirstin Meyer, 2017-18 PA President, Curtis Parent

Kasey Nott, DK Teacher, Curtis Parent

Meera Ratnesar, Head of School

Dan Rothbauer, Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Corinne Schulman, Director of Advancement

Jon Wimbish, Trustee, Curtis Parent


Romayne Levee, President, Doing Good Marketing

Carley Croom, Brand Strategist, Doing Good Marketing

Project Support

Raquel Chung, Executive Assistant to the Head of School

Questions? Contact the Steering Committee