• Greetings, WSSD Community,

    Welcome to the online home of our strategic plan. This section provides information and resources related to the plan, opportunities to get involved, and updates on plan implementation. 

    It is our hope that through the strategic planning process and resultant strategic plan, we will collectively forge a path that continues to elevate Wallingford-Swarthmore (WSSD) not only as a destination of choice for families but also as a premier K-12 institution in the country.  Our community will achieve this goal by building on our strengths, addressing critical areas for growth, and developing a plan to align our goals, dreams, and ambitions moving forward.

    Our District has a rich, vibrant history. When Wallingford-Swarthmore School District was established in 1971, as a result of the state-ordered merger between Nether Providence School District and Swarthmore School District, it drew on its grounding principles not only to continue the work of excellence but also to brightly imagine and to collaboratively forge the path ahead. Together, we will continue to define and write the story of who we are and who we aspire to be as a district and as a community.  Indeed, our school district, built on over 130 years of foundational values that have positioned our district in a place of excellence in the past and present, is most certainly destined for greatness in the future.

    In 2022, in collaboration with every member of our community and through a partnership with Bloom Planning Consultants, we launched our Strategic Planning process. The first phase of this process, the Discovery Phase, draws on the voices of our entire community. During the course of last year, we heard your voices through individual and group meetings, surveys, interviews, and town halls. Through the three in-depth audits: curriculum, communications, and equity, we received 4,430 surveys, reviewed more than 700 documents and artifacts, conducted over 120 classroom visits, and held approximately 200 focus groups and interviews. The collection of community feedback and data enabled us to connect common threads and glean a collective voice around key focus areas. The Strategic Plan is informed further by the 2022-2025 Comprehensive Plan and the Special Education Plan. 

    As a result, these focus areas have emerged:

    • Teaching, Learning, & Innovation
    • Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging
    • Culture, Community, and Communications
    • Wellness & Social/Emotional Competencies  
    • Infrastructure & Finance  

    Importantly, these areas of focus are not binding as we consider what additional themes could present themselves as we move to the next phase.  They do, however, provide an opportunity to ground our work thus far. 

    We have scheduled these meetings with our various stakeholders, staff, families, and community members at different times and on both weekdays and weekends to give as many individuals as possible an opportunity to be active participants in the Strategic Plan. We intend to work in both small and large groups to solicit your feedback and gather your input.

    At the January 2023 Community Meetings, we began soliciting interest and forming sub-committees. These sub-committees will make recommendations and decisions related to how the strategic plan will be put into action.  If you are interested in being considered to serve on an action-oriented sub-committee this spring (2023), we hope you were able to attend one of the two January Community Meetings.  

    Our success moving forward on this path to transformation will thrive with the contributions made by all of you. It is my conviction that the success of this journey will not be possible without your support and active participation. I am not a proponent of the notion of “buying in”; instead, I invite you to “build in” by becoming an integral part of the Strategic Plan process, by sharing your voice and your vision for our school district, and by investing in the process. The WSSD Strategic Plan is OUR plan, and for it to be relevant, meaningful, and stand the test of time, we all have to "build in."

    Dr. Wagner Marseille,


  • June 13th, 2023

  • May 22nd, 2023

  • March 29th 2023 Update

  • Discovery-Strategic Plan Executive Summary

  • January 20, 2023 Update

  • January 13, 2023 Update

  • January 6, 2023 Update

  • Comprehensive Plan 2022-2025

  • WSSD Focus Areas

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Study Findings

  • Equity Data Analysis Key Findings

  • Equity Data Analysis Recommendations

  • Curriculum Audit Recommendations

  • Communications Audit Recommendations

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