Connecting Our Strengths
The Andover Endeavor
We launch this effort with the Academy in tremendous shape. Our faculty and programs consistently earn high praise from students and parents. Our programs in the arts, athletics, and academics are as strong as they have ever been. Our benchmarks in admission results, endowment returns, and philanthropy are high. Alumni/ae of both Phillips Academy and Abbot Academy express deep appreciation for the lifelong relationships forged here, often describing their experiences as the most transformative of their lives.
As we chart Andover’s future, this plan asks us to foresee trends in education and in the world at large. We aspire to act with creativity and courage in our work. Today’s society, driven by advances in technology and limitless access to information, presents vast opportunity. Now is the time for us at Andover to generate new possibilities.
Now is the time for us at Andover to generate new possibilities.
Consider the lives of teenagers constantly drawn to their electronic devices. As we take advantage of new technologies, we must at once instill in them—and model ourselves—healthy behaviors that keep us physically well, intellectually engaged, and emotionally present.
Consider the future of secondary education. As we focus like a laser beam on the students in our midst, we will continue to share our knowledge—as we have for decades—by publishing our work and by scaling those ideas with the greatest potential to advance the broader education system. The difference is that today’s technologies allow us even greater scope and reach.
Fundamentally, this Strategic Plan calls us to create a richer intellectual and developmental experience.
On many fronts, the strategic plan is already in motion. We’ve broken ground on the new Sykes Wellness Center, launched a study of our campus climate with respect to inclusion, examined our athletic facility needs, and begun a campus master planning process, among other important initiatives.
We are partnering with a number of entities that care as deeply as we do about how students learn, including the MacArthur Foundation and Khan Academy. We introduced the Tang Institute, establishing a center devoted to the art, science, and assessment of learning. Navigating across disciplines with colleagues at Andover and beyond, faculty are experimenting with new pedagogical tools and methods, eager to discover a novel approach or to expand their own view on what works (and what does not work) in the classroom.
Fundamentally, this Strategic Plan calls us to create a richer intellectual and developmental experience. It is our privilege and responsibility to prepare our students for leadership and service in a world radically different from what any previous generation has experienced.
We are eager to guide their journey while also enriching our own understanding as faculty, staff, and administrators. We are extraordinarily excited about what lies ahead for Andover.
John Palfrey, Head of School
Peter Currie ’74, President, Board of Trustees