By Jennifer Chung, President of the Board of Trustees
In many ways, the 2020 – 2021 school year highlighted the strength and resilience of The Carey School community. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, our faculty and staff remained committed to teaching and caring for our children while wearing many hats, our parent community volunteered time and resources wherever they were needed, and our children put the values they have learned at Carey into action.
Our timing could not have been more fortunate when it came to campus planning. With the completion of our new building and courtyard, we were able to utilize expanded and modernized spaces as we navigated cohorts, outdoor classrooms, and social distancing. We are grateful for the generous gifts that helped us successfully complete our $5M Expanding Possibilities capital campaign. Having a modern campus with flexible, multi-purpose spaces will enhance the Carey experience for many years to come.
We also benefited from another successful Annual Fund, thanks to nearly 100% participation from parents, board, faculty, and staff. This year, we raised $768,000, which is $240,00 over our goal. Our online Fund-A-Need, directed towards financial aid and faculty support, set a new record by raising $500,700.
Our 2019 – 2024 Strategic Plan provided longer-term guideposts that kept us grounded and enabled us to prioritize during an uncertain year. One area of focus in our strategic plan is to deepen our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at Carey – the board spent much of the year laying the groundwork and a plan for the next phase of this work, which will begin with a 2022 DEI climate audit.
The Board welcomed five new trustees during 2020-21: Jason Kwok, La Vina Lowery, Kyle Morgenroth, Neha Narang, and Teresa Saks. As we look ahead to the next year, The Carey School is fortunate to be in a position of stability – our school’s financial health is strong, admissions demand has grown, and the board and our Head of School continue to work as true partners. Thanks to The Carey School’s many friends and supporters, our school continues to be a magical and welcoming place that plays a critical role in helping children achieve their fullest potential.
With my enduring gratitude,