About Us

Our Strategic Plan

Leadership Reimagined

Education at Severn reaches far beyond what you know; it's about who you are and the impact you can make on the world. With our 2022 strategic plan, we commit to a program that empowers our graduates to take on the challenges previous generations have laid at their feet by practicing the many ways to lead. 
Dear Severn Community,

We are excited to share with you Leadership Reimagined; our strategic plan that will act as a compass in the coming years, provide direction for the Board, faculty and staff and bring our community together toward one common vision. 

While resolute in our mission to challenge our students and graduates to marshal the courage to lead, we recognize our world, our country, our communities, and even our school need something different from leaders today. We must teach and model a reframed definition of leadership. 

For our students to lead successfully and contribute to an ever-changing world, we must instill broad competencies and mindsets that are agile, adaptable, and applicable across a range of novel situations. They will need to possess intellectual agility for careers and lives in which uncertainty is the only certainty and possess equal parts emotional intelligence and compassion. They will need to model balanced, personal wellness and follow a broadly shared moral compass with unwavering integrity. And they must instinctively include and make space for the contribution of all voices. At Severn, we envision a world where education is about more than what you know—it’s about who you are. 

If the past 24 months has taught us anything, it is that structured plans will fall apart. We can only prepare for the uncertainty ahead. Our strategic plan is a promise to create a community that reframes leadership and prepares this generation and generations to come to contribute to the world around them. 


Doug Lagarde
Head of School

Scholarship → Discover What Matters
There’s what we learn in school, and then there’s the impact that knowledge can have on ourselves and those around us. A Severn education is contextualized for the real world, so each student can explore new ideas and make meaning of what they learn. We prioritize intellectual engagement and a lifelong growth mindset as foundations to an excellent education.

Character → Take a Stand
We are proud to learn and work alongside many talented, caring, and unique individuals. We show appreciation, support, and respect for one another not just through our words, but through our actions. Our students learn to take a stand by embracing honesty, integrity, and consideration for others in every interaction big and small.

Conduct → Build Community
We are capable of extraordinary things as individuals, but together, we can reach even greater heights. Keeping community at the center gives us the energy and enthusiasm to explore ideas and try new things. This support allows us to make progress toward our collective vision.
Health and Wellness → Be Well, Live Well
Proper nutrition, consistent movement, and a balanced perspective are key ingredients to a driven yet sustainable lifestyle. A Severn education prioritizes the whole person - mind and body - to ensure each student has the fuel they need to grow inside and outside the classroom.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion → Everyone Belongs
We want every single member of our community - past, current, and future - to feel that Severn is a place where they belong. While diversifying our school is an outcome, ensuring that everyone is included and empowered is the real benefit.

To fulfill our mission, we make the following commitments to our community as we reimagine the way we think about, and prepare our students to be, the kind of leaders the world needs in the 21st century.

Intellectual Agility

The ability to engage in, and adapt to, wide-ranging situations by nimbly and thoughtfully accessing foundational knowledge, considering varying perspectives, and questioning our own understanding.

Our students will discover what matters in their learning with the ability to process and evaluate information in reflective and transformational ways.

  • Support every individual's ability to make meaning out of information in reflective and intentional ways through a shared language and understanding of our "Discover What Matters" value. 
  • Develop adaptable and applicable cognitive skills and competencies across a thorough and intentional curriculum. 
  • Advance forward-thinking measurements of academic and social competencies through an articulated school-wide assessment and feedback philosophy.
  • Support the individual and collective growth of our faculty through responsive professional development that provides opportunities for curricular experiences.
  • Encourage collaborative and flexible teaching and thinking within dynamic and multi-purpose learning spaces. 

Unwavering Integrity

The ability to understand the ethical and moral complexity inherent in today’s world, aligning our decisions and actions with honesty, character, and purpose.

Our students will learn to take a stand by embracing honesty, respect, and consideration for others inside and outside of school.

  • Advance our collective pursuit of integrity inside and outside of school through a shared language and understanding of our "Take a Stand" value. 
  • Model ethical citizenship through a curriculum in which the importance of a healthy and productive digital lifestyle and footprint are highlighted. 
  • Instill a sense of responsibility for, and commitment to, being integral, active, and engaged community members through a school-wide service-learning philosophy. 
  • Leverage the power of student-adult relationships to further integrate our mission and newly articulated core values into our student leadership development program. 

Instinctive Inclusivity

The ability to include and engage other people, perspectives, and experiences without prompt, recognizing that such openness broadens knowledge and deepens community.

Our students will create an environment where everyone belongs by developing a deep sense of appreciation for others, the desire to lift others up, and a commitment to anti-bias.

  • Strengthen our community's commitment to anti-bias, making sure that every voice is heard, and that learning is equitable through a shared language and understanding of our "Everyone Belongs" value. 
  • Cultivate a diverse and thriving community by ensuring equity in all touchpoints of the Severn experience. 
  • Combat bias through a course curriculum that uplifts diverse perspectives, cultures, and lived experiences and promotes genuine understanding and acceptance. 
  • Reduce financial barriers that may stand between qualified students and a Severn education by strengthening our financial access program to further meet the needs expressed in the applicant pool. 

Emotional Intelligence

The ability to understand the feelings, emotions, and experiences of others as well as our own, developing healthy connections and relationships through self-reflection, outreach, and empathy.

Our students will build community through strong and healthy relationships by developing an understanding of themselves, their emotions, and the perspectives of others. 

  • Support each individual's awareness of their feelings and ability to regulate actions so that they empathize with others through a shared language and understanding of our "Build Community" value. 
  • Prioritize the development of non-cognitive skills and competencies in all aspects of the Severn experience through continual review and refinement of our curriculum. 
  • Enhance how we equitably meet the social and emotional needs of our students, faculty, and staff by codifying the intention and impact of our support programs. 
  • Build school culture and emphasize the importance of connection and engagement by expanding opportunities for community and togetherness. 
  • Champion the ongoing social-emotional development of our students through robust parent and guardian education.

Personal Wellness

The ability to find physical and mental balance through life experiences, successes, and disappointments, developing sustainable habits that lead to fulfillment and joy.

Our students will learn to be well and live well at Severn by making choices that lead to mental and physical well-being.

  • Support each individual's ability to make choices that lead to mental and physical well-being though a shared language and understanding of our "Be Well, Live Well" value. 
  • Integrate wellness education into all aspects of the Severn experience through an enhanced, school-wide understanding of Severn's wellness philosophy. 
  • Promote organization, time-management, and self-sufficiency in our students through curricular and co-curricular practices that encourage prioritization, efficiency, and purpose in all touchpoints. 
  • Ensure the sustainable health and wellness of our students through robust parent and guardian education. 
  • Foster the mental, social, and emotional health and well-being of our community members through programs, activities, and dynamic opportunities that maximize the use of our physical space. 
We invite you to join our effort to reframe leadership for this generation and generations to come.

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If you would like more information about giving to Severn, please email Director of Development Shannon Howell.

Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012

Middle/Upper School

Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146