Strategic Plan

SP Overview


The St. Joseph Public Schools (SJPS) has undertaken a significant effort to examine what works for our students and families, and what needs to be done to ensure success now and in the future. This four-year strategic plan, developed with input from thousands of stakeholders, is the result of that collective work.

In 2022, our Board of Education embraced a process by which we solicited the input of all stakeholders and used that data to drive our goals for improvement. The comprehensive process to develop our strategic plan, known as the B.E.A.R. Process, or Blueprint for Educational Achievement and Results, began over a year ago and included focus groups and a detailed survey completed by families. School district employees and all 5th-9th grade students were also invited to complete surveys. In addition, any resident wishing to participate had the opportunity to complete the survey through the district website. Over 3,500 individuals completed the surveys and/or participated in a focus group. The Board of Education and administrative team thoroughly reviewed the collected data and used the results to identify areas of focus and desired outcomes; redefine our mission, vision, and values; clarify our beliefs, and refine the profile of an SJPS graduate.

The Board of Education adopted the first B.E.A.R. strategic plan at their July 10, 2023 Board of Education meeting. This blueprint will serve as our roadmap for continuous improvement of educational opportunities for the district through June of 2027. We believe the strategic planning process and the goals achieved will strengthen our tradition of excellence and continue the legacy of SJPS as “Great Schools in a Great Community.”

We are proud that this plan was developed with SJPS families, staff, and students and we are excited for what lies ahead. It is an honor and a privilege to serve the students and families of our great community.


Strategic Plan