Ministry Growth Strategy
We look to serve students and families in the Federation and from surrounding communities by emphasizing our “4 Uniques”:
- Sharing God’s Word for over 60 years
- Comprehensive Christ-centered curriculum
- Students are guided with Law and Gospel in their Christian lives
- School-provided busing services
Six-year targets for July 1, 2026:
- Academics: Curriculum and course options meet the needs of all students and provide the foundation necessary for the wide variety of 21st century career paths.
- Facilities: Prioritized campus and facility improvements have been completed to facilitate ministry goals..
- Communication: Relationships within the school, federation and community are strengthened and enhanced.
- Enrollment: Student body has consistently grown in number and diversity.
- Finances: A financial sustainability model is functioning well (Operating budget supported by 60% tuition, 20% federation support, 10% 3rd source gifts, 10% 3rd source income).
- Staffing: A full staff is in place to meet the needs of LLHS
Three-year Picture™ looks like by July 1, 2023:
- Academics: Enhanced cooperation among federation elementary schools curriculum
- Academics: Grade school band program is appropriately staffed with called worker(s)
- Academics: College credit option available in science
- Academics: First course of bio-med program is offered
- Academics: PLTW computer science course offerings are begun
- Facilities: Master facility (dream) improvement plan is complete
- Communication: Fully developed internal processes are in place (data, photos, communication, etc.) (by 2022)
- Communication: Fully developed processes for federation communication are in place (by 2022)
- Communication: Community awareness has been enhanced through service events and facility usage
- Communication: Intentional opportunities for students and staff to grow, serve, share, and live their Christian faith in the federation and community. Communicate progress within federation.
- Enrollment: A diverse student body has grown to 450
- Staffing: A fully developed staffing plan has been implemented to meet the needs of LLHS (enrollment, counseling, guidance, and curriculum).
2015-2020 Strategic Plan
- To have an enrollment drawn primarily from our federation’s Lutheran elementary schools with 50% of those graduates coming to Lakeside
- To eliminate the $2.7 million debt from the federation’s 2003 building campaign
- To gather significant financial resources to keep tuition affordable
Five-year vision statement:
To encourage and support excellence in all areas of ministry at Lakeside and foster an environment of respect, internal communication, and accountability within our school and our federation.
Three-year core strategic priorities:
- The administration and the Religion Department will arrange opportunities for all seniors to become familiar with WELS/ELS campus ministries [2014-2015].
- arrange an exit survey for seniors to track their post-high school plans, encouraging them to remain connected to their local congregation, a WELS campus ministry (if applicable), or a WELS military contact pastor [2014-2015].
- The faculty will emphasize the new school mission statement in various ways to help students better understand and internalize it [2015-2016].
- The Religion Department will develop and teach strategies to help students witness their faith and be able to defend it [2015-2016].
- The Guidance Director will counsel all seniors to develop clear, attainable post-high school plans. [2014-2015].
- The Board of Regents and administration will enhance support of the 1-to-1 initiative [2015-2016].
- The Board of Regents and faculty will study the value of STEM [2015-2016].
- Administration will develop strategies to retain 95% of our freshmen enrollees through to graduation [2015-2016].
- The General Board - through the Ministry Partnership Program - will seek funding:
- for systematic bus replacement [2015-2016].
- to update the Technical Education and Family and Consumer Education facilities [2015-2016].
- for roof replacement (including HVAC replacements) [2015-2016].
- The Technology Committee will upgrade technology capabilities as needed [2015-2016 and 2016-2017].
- The Board of Regents will execute the Ministry Partnership Program to gather funds in a continuing effort to eliminate the current building debt and enhance student aid [2015-2016].
- The Financial Planning Committee and the Director of Finance will promote open financial planning and transparent financial reporting to stakeholders [2015-2016].
- The Recruitment Director, in conjunction with the Financial Planning Committee, will develop a program to help families plan for the costs of Lakeside [2015-2016].
- The Board of Regents will study models of a K-12 concept in other area Lutheran high school federations [2015-2016].
- The Recruitment Director, the Board of Regents, and the administration will create a plan to develop awareness and desirability of Lakeside among families of children in their early primary years [2016-2017].
- School administration, faculty, staff, and the General Board will work to increase the Lutheran elementary school recruitment rate by 1.5% annually in each of the next three school years [2014-2015].
- The Board of Regents will survey stakeholder groups to determine strengths and weaknesses of current communication practices (i.e.: print media, website, Twitter, Facebook, General Board representatives, etc) [2015-2016].
- The Marketing Committee and the Board of Regents will survey stakeholders to review current communication practices for the purpose of creating and developing more appealing and effective ways to share the school’s mission and message with the world [2015-2016].
- The Marketing Committee, the Board of Regents, and the administration will develop a plan to cultivate a public image of the school as a forward-moving Christian ministry that functions within the Church at large [2016-2017].
- An ad hoc committee, appointed by the Board of Regents, will study the need for a Superintendent/President position to see if/how this might best serve Lakeside’s needs [2015-2016].
- The General Board, the Board of Regents, the faculty, the staff, and administration will facilitate development of a “framework for enhancing the team ministry” among called workers, hired staff, and board members based on Charlotte Danielson’s Enhancing Professional Practice [2016-2017].