Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning


Olympia School District’s 5-year Strategic Plan expired at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Work is underway to Small Group Discussing Strategic Planning develop a long-term strategic direction for the district based on shared values and agreed-upon student outcomes.

In May 2018, more than 130 people representing a cross-section of the community — students, staff, family members and community members — came together for an intensive two-day Educational Summit at the Hotel RL in Olympia. Leading up to the Summit, the district received thousands of responses to a budget and pre-Summit survey, all of which helped to inform the two-day event. 


In addition to 40 students, who were the largest represented group in the room at the Summit, Strategic Planning Meeting Roomthere were family members, teachers, principals, custodians, bus drivers, other support staff, and community members from many backgrounds. The event culminated with the group identifying some key educational focus areas for the board to consider as it finalizes student outcomes to drive the measures for determining school district performance and the creation of improvement plans. Summit participants narrowed key focus areas to the following:

  • Assuring Foundational Skills/Lifelong Learning
  • Addressing Bias and Inclusion
    Students look at Summit data
  • Focusing on Safety
  • Producing Global Navigators
  • Maximizing Choices/Pathways
  • Ensuring a Strong Sense of Self-Worth


To learn more about the Educational Summit, including details related to the focus areas above, results of a pre-Summit survey, photos from the event, and other relevant data, see related information listed at the bottom of this webpage.

The school board reviewed work done at the Summit during a board study session and summer board retreat in July, 2018. During the board's one-day retreat, directors created draft student outcomes to drive the goals of the district's new Strategic Plan.

The school board shared the draft student outcomes beginning in August with staff, students, families and the community and asked for input during in-person focus groups and on an electronic feedback form. After reflecting on that initial input, the board made some revisions to the draft student outcomes on October 1 and again on October 29, 2018.

Directors approved the outcomes at the December 10, 2018 school board meeting. They read:

Our students will:

Outcome 1: Be compassionate and kind

Outcome 2:
Have the academic and life skills to pursue their individual career, civic and educational goals.

Outcome 3: Advocate for the social, physical and mental wellness of themselves and others and be hopeful about the future.


Outcome 4: Have the skills, knowledge and courage to identify and confront personal, systemic and societal bias.

Outcome 5: Discover their passions, be curious and love learning.

Outcome 6: Be critical thinkers who contribute to and collaborate with our local, global and natural world.


Related Information (check back for updates)