Field School Master Plan
Adopted April 22, 2008 by Board of Directors Members Peter Agelasto, Todd Barnett, Jay Fennell, Isabel McLean, Mimi Pohl, and Walker Richmond
Mission: Develop Well-Rounded Boys of Character and Accomplishment
I. Program. Field School will become a well-known local educational institution with year-round programming emphasizing academically challenging boys' education, ethics and leadership education, team sports, outdoors education and recreation, environmental responsibility, and music and the arts.
II. Site. We will purchase and build a facility to serve as the long-run campus for our middle school, on at least 20 acres in a suburban or rural area within 15 minutes of the population of Charlottesville. Our buildings and infrastructure will feature state-of-the-art environmental features, carbon neutrality, and school community and volunteer input in their construction and maintenance.
III. Teachers. Field School will embrace primarily full-time teachers/coaches who model and mirror the school's mission to "develop well-rounded boys of character and accomplishment." Our goal will be competitiveness in compensation with other local independent schools.
IV. Families. We will recruit an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse and supportive student body and family community interested in an academically and physically challenging curriculum.
V. Curriculum. Field School's curriculum will feature Math, English, Latin, Science, History, Arts and Music, Ethics and Lead rship, Study Skills, Team Sports, and a Work Program. Each year will be subdivided into Seven Interdisciplinary Units highlighting Academic and Community themes (e.g. Pioneers, Aviation, Service, Civics, Traditional Music). All Field School boys will participate in daily team sports. Falcon's teams will value teamwork, sportsmanship, fair play and perseverance.
VI. Identity. With our events and promotions, we will strive to build an image emphasizing academically challenging boys' education, ethics and leadership education, team sports, outdoors education and recreation, environmental responsibility, and music and the arts. We will stage a series of annual events such as the Winter Speaker Series and the Spring Music Benefit and Auction to promote these features.
VII. Fundraising. Tuition will provide our primary source of revenue, and we will seek to be competitive with other local independent schools in our pricing. Facility rental for complementary institutions and auxiliary programming will also provide revenue once our campus is established. Development efforts will focus on raising scholarship funds and building a campus, targeting parents, grandparents, and area "angels" drawn to our vision.