Strategic Plan

strategic plan update 8282019

The Immaculate Heart of Mary School Board is pleased to share the new strategic plan for our school entitled “Worship | Learn | Serve – Together.” In the Fall of 2017, the Immaculate Heart of Mary School Board began the process of developing a five-year strategic plan for the school. The impetus of the plan was to intentionally build upon and strategically improve the outcomes for students and families at Immaculate Heart of Mary School. The School Board Strategic Planning Committee was formed in order to seek input from the school and parish on defining the strategic priority focus areas.

The Strategic Planning Committee consisted of the parish pastor, principal, teachers, school board, ministry leaders, parishioners, along with parents who had experience and expertise in instruction, finance, communication, marketing and systems thinking. The committee consulted with a Grand Rapids Diocesan School Board member for guidance and in order to ensure alignment with the goals of the Diocese of Grand Rapids Catholic Schools.

In January of 2018, a survey was developed and distributed to both school parents and the parish community with the purpose of gauging perceptions regarding the school’s strengths and weaknesses and to gather suggestions on where the school could strategically improve. Based on the survey data, school demographic data and student outcome data, the committee conducted a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats), which was used to determine the strategic priority areas.

In August of 2018, the committee again sought input from the parish and community at a parish-wide tactics meeting for the school strategic plan. Input from the Immaculate Heart of Mary community helped refine the priorities and develop the tactics. The committee then determined the implementation measures necessary to evaluate the execution of the strategic plan. The plan was finalized by the school board in October of 2018 with the focus determined as: Worship | Learn | Serve — Together. The IHM School Board began planning for the initial action plans for a tactic in each of the strategic priority areas in November 2018.

Below is a copy of the Worship | Learn | Serve — Together strategic plan. Over the next five years, we will need to work as a parish community to implement this shared vision. If you feel called to volunteer for one of the five strategic priority committees, please contact the IHM school board at

Strategic Plan Condensed

Five-Year Strategic Planning Map

Click here to view as a web page — IHM Strategic Plan