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2019-2024 Strategic Plan

As Léman prepares to celebrate its 18th anniversary in the 2022-23 school year, we have reflected on our successes, areas of growth, and defining characteristics that differentiate a Léman education. Now well into our second decade, it is an opportune time to define the future vision for Léman and build upon our established academic program and strong community. With that in mind, we are pleased to share the Léman Manhattan 2019-2024 Strategic Plan.

The Strategic Plan outlines Léman's goals and objectives to carry our institution into the future and fulfill our mission of providing an academically rigorous program in a global context to students ages 12 months to grade 12. We look forward to building upon this plan over the next five years and beyond. A learning experience in a diverse community like Léman prepares students to thrive in today's interconnected world, and to become knowledgeable, collaborative global citizens with a sense of purpose.


Léman Manhattan is an International Baccalaureate World School that delivers an academically rigorous program and sets high expectations for students from early childhood through 12th grade. Serving our local neighborhoods and a diverse international community, we prepare students with the knowledge, confidence and fluency they need to engage in a rapidly changing world.

Léman challenges students’ intellect and inspires their creativity. We encourage them to think critically and work collaboratively. Celebrating each student’s individuality, we foster the skills they need to grow in mind, body and spirit. Our unifying mission is to instill a positive outlook in each of our students and a certainty for all they can achieve in life.

Léman Manhattan. Each student, future prepared.


The greatest lasting impact of a Léman education will be the achievement of our students and the contributions they make to their communities and to the world.

Preparing each student for a future filled with personal growth, fulfillment and success defines, unifies and inspires everyone and everything we do at Léman Manhattan.


Our core values are the essential and enduring tenets of our school community. These principles, reflected in the Portrait of a Léman Manhattan Learner, guide all of our actions. At Léman, we firmly believe in the essential value of:

• Thinking critically and working collaboratively.
• Achieving excellence through academic rigor
• Respecting diverse opinions and cultures
• Fostering meaningful student-teacher-parent partnerships
• Addressing each student’s individual learning style
• Discovering passions and nurturing creativity
• Serving our local and global communities
• Encouraging independent thinking and decision-making
• Cultivating resiliency and determination
• Instilling confidence and optimism
• Growing in mind, body and spirit
• Recognizing the importance of preparation for life

Inclusion Statement

Léman Manhattan Preparatory School is a community of diverse cultures, languages and countries of origin, which draws unity through the acknowledgment and celebration of our differences. As a mosaic of individuals who believe everyone should feel safe and respected, we strive to facilitate opportunities for meaningful engagement with openness and empathy. This process of communication is integral to fostering a just and harmonious place of learning.

Ours is an inclusive school where students, families, caregivers, faculty and staff are supported equally and where each unique identity, voice, ideological viewpoint and experience is valued. We honor all members of our community, diverse in: ability, age, appearance, belief system, citizenship, culture, family structure, gender, gender identity, language, learning style, national origin, political view, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic level and all other protected characteristics.

Committed to sustaining an environment free of harassment in any form, including bullying and discrimination, we maintain that the work of inclusion is a responsibility held by all and done for all, person to person. We embrace this challenging, yet rewarding opportunity and understand that this is an evolving work which enriches our lives.

Academic Rigor


1. Provide students with a highly engaging learning experience that encourages creativity, compassion and advocacy, and inspires students to make meaningful contributions to their local and global communities.

2. Deepen the IB philosophy across PK-12 instruction, placing student inquiry at the center of our curricular approach to encourage curiosity, knowledge-building and resilience.

3. Offer expert college counseling services, focused on personalized guidance and best in class university preparation to support each student in reaching their desired goals.

4. Enhance interdisciplinary STEAM offerings to build technology fluency that supports student learning, fosters creative design thinking, promotes digital citizenship and prepares students for success in a technology-driven world.

5. Broaden partnerships with local business and cultural institutions to provide students with opportunities for real world learning experiences.

Instructional Excellence


1. Establish Léman as an employer of choice across independent schools, offering competitive compensation and benefits, an engaging and transparent workplace and a compelling mission.

2. Uphold hiring, evaluation and recognition initiatives that attract, retain and elevate accomplished faculty and establish thoughtful succession plans.

3. Increase diversity among our faculty to reflect today’s world and the various communities we serve.

4. Provide opportunities for ongoing and meaningful professional development that enable faculty to apply the latest research, innovation and teaching methods to their classrooms at Léman.

5. Foster a collaborative culture of professional inquiry across PK-12 to support the sharing of best practices and learning and growing together to best serve Léman students.

Thoughtful Growth


1. Implement comprehensive reputation-building admission and communications strategies that allow families and external stakeholders to appreciate Léman’s rigorous IB program, exceptional academic outcomes and strong community spirit.

2. Partner with parents, students and faculty to celebrate Léman’s successes and position Léman as a top-choice school for Lower Manhattan families and beyond.

3. Offer world-class classroom and extracurricular offerings across all academic disciplines, Technology, Fine Arts and Athletics that support the continued growth of our student body and differentiate a Léman education.

4. Utilize a multi-year enrollment and financial aid management plan that responsibly and equitably disperses tuition assistance to foster a socio-economically diverse student body.

5. Leverage our distinct resources as a PK-12 school to increase opportunities for students and parents to collaborate across academic divisions and best support students in their transitions across grades.

6. Consider institutional facilities needs through ongoing space and resource planning to provide the optimal learning environment for faculty and students.

Community Spirit And Strength


1. Cultivate a personal, community and institutional growth mindset across Léman that supports our mission.

2. Foster opportunities for parents and students to make meaningful connections with others across the school that encourage a sense of belonging and shared values.

3. Provide an inclusive learning environment for all students and families that leverages our unique position as a school that serves both our local neighborhoods and a diverse international community.

4. Celebrate and reaffirm Léman’s identity through annual school traditions and community- building events that convey our leadership position among NYC independent schools.

5. Offer thought-provoking opportunities for parents, students and faculty to discuss issues that increase our knowledge, build shared understanding and support the student learning experience.

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