Dear Parents,

I want to thank the parents who attended our listening tour report sessions earlier this week. In our meetings in the last week with students, educators, and parents, we have shared the top themes that I heard most frequently during the 58 listening tour sessions with over 850 participants.  It has also been a time for me to reflect on my first seven months as your head of school and propose our key next steps going forward as a school. More on that below.

During the listening tour, by far the most common theme I heard from students, parents, and faculty is: “We are happy to be at SAS. The school has great strengths.” That is certainly a very good place to start!  

And, like any high performing organization, people in our community are committed to pointing out where we can grow and what we can do to improve. This balanced feedback on our strengths and areas for growth has been extremely valuable for us. We provide links below to summaries and details of all the data and feedback we collected. 

As a result of the listening tour’s feedback, as well as the observations that I have gained in my 200+ classroom visits at SAS, dozens of lunches and dinners with students and faculty, visits to seven US universities, and discussions with our talented leadership team here, I believe we have very strong support in our community for our core values, our learning aspirations, and our areas of strategic focus. People want to see how these pieces align and support each other. 

Please click here for a diagram and brief explanation of our proposed strategic framework. The proposed strategic framework emphasizes our core values, our learning aspirations, our three areas of strategic focus, and our goal to promote joy and purpose in learning in all our students. In the sessions this past week, I detailed this strategic framework and what it might mean for us going forward. I am very excited about the possibilities it offers for our students!

If you were unable to attend one of the sessions, you can access the information hereIncluded are the presentation decks and videos of the sessions and the complete set of several thousand comments from the listening tour.  Also, included is a feedback form where we welcome your feedback on our proposed strategic framework going forward.  


I will be hosting sessions in the coming weeks at PTA parent coffees at the elementary, middle and high school, as well as sessions in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.  Please see the listening tour language sessions here. In addition, the next campus upgrade advisory group will meet on Wednesday, February 26 at 3:30 p.m. Click here to RSVP for that session.

Thank you again for your participation, and I look forward to continuing our work together as a community to deliver on our vision for our students.



Tom Boasberg