Welcome to the Milton Hershey School 2020 Vision webpage. The 2020 Vision is Milton Hershey School’s five-year strategic plan to educate today’s students to thrive now and in the future.
President Gurt introduced the 2020 Vision during the 2014-15 academic year, when the school recommitted to the mission that Milton and Catherine Hershey generously created to improve the lives of thousands of children. For more than 100 years, their hard work has changed the lives of families across the country. We will work together to make an impact and help all of our students reach their full potential as an MHS student and after graduation.
The plan is built on three major goals: cultivate strength of character and deliver a top-notch education; expand our mission; and ignite staff engagement and exceptional performance.
Cultivate Strength of Character and Deliver a Top-Notch Education
The MHS Deed of Trust lays the groundwork for everything we do at the school. Our mission is to educate children to lead fulfilling and productive lives. As our world changes, we must advance our educational program to meet current and future demands.
We will cultivate strength of character and deliver a top-notch education by:
· Implementing a transformational character and leadership program
· Infusing educational technology and integrating science, math and career technical experiences (STEAM)
· Elevating global awareness and understanding
· Enhancing career exposure and preparation
As we strive to prepare our students for the world they will enter after graduation, our focus on these areas will equip them to be the leaders of tomorrow.
Expand our Mission
It has been our goal to expand so we can share the life-changing vision of the Hersheys with even more families. Our plan for measured, responsible growth will help us to serve 2,300 students. In 2015, we accelerated our timeline and enrolled our 2,000th student ahead of schedule.
We also must ensure our investment in these children by advancing the support we provide to alumni postgraduation. We will continue to mentor and guide them through their first few years as alumni to help ensure their success.
Finally, strengthening parent/sponsor engagement and education will benefit the children we serve because it will reinforce our commitment to their families and enhance the bond between families and the school. This connection will provide a further network of support for our students.
Ignite Staff Engagement and Exceptional Performance
It is our goal to hire the very best staff to serve the children of Milton Hershey School. Being the best means continually growing, learning and improving, which is what we expect of MHS employees. We support employees to pursue continuous professional growth and learning because it equips them to better care for our students.
Our employees are more than teachers, houseparents and support staff – they are an extended family of mentors and a safety net for the children we serve. By encouraging employees to build meaningful connections with students, we will ensure that each child has a trusted adult on campus who will help guide them to success.
We hold high standards for our students and even higher standards for our staff. When our students see employees modeling accountability and exceptional performance, they learn not only what is expected of themselves, but also how to achieve success.
We look forward to sharing with you updates about our progress toward our 2020 Vision. You also can read about our successes in our latest Brown & Gold Annual Report for the 2014-15 school year.