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Strategic Plan

District Strategic Plan

History: Where did we come from?

The Glendale-River Hills School District was formed in 1955 through the consolidation of the Good Hope, Green Tree, and Riverview Schools.  Beginning as early as 1865, these schools served the children of the Town of Milwaukee which later became the City of Glendale and the Village of River Hills.

Since its early settlement, the area has changed from a rural farming community to the suburban setting it now enjoys.  The present Good Hope and Parkway Schools were opened in the late 1950's to serve children in kindergarten through grade five.  The Glen Hills Middle School was opened in 1970 to serve students in grades six through eight.  The Riverview and Green Tree Schools buildings and sites were sold.

Prior to 1982, the District was a city school district.  In 1982 the District, as a result of a change in state law, became fiscally independent.  In 1997 the attendance boundaries were reorganized to create community-wide schools which bring all students in the same grade together.  Parkway serves students in four and five year old kindergarten and  grades one through three, and Glen Hills serves students in grades four through eight. Good Hope is now a community services building.

Mission: What do we want to accomplish?

As a part of the greater Glendale – River Hills community, the School District will lead in creating a supportive learning environment to inspire all students to strive for excellence in pursuing a strong academic foundation to succeed in and contribute to the global community.

Beliefs: What guides our decisions?

We believe that…
  • Children are valued.
  • A safe environment with respectful, responsible and prepared individuals increases the potential for learning success.
  • Education benefits the individual and society.
  • Each person has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Education is a shared responsibility of the student, home, school and community.
  • Change is an opportunity for growth.
  • Each individual has unique potential to learn.
  • High expectations, effort and motivation are essential to learning.
  • Cooperation, communication and collaboration strengthen our home, school, and community.
  • Diversity is an asset.

Vision: What do we want to be?

The Glendale-River Hills School District is committed to being a leader in education as characterized by:
  • A safe and nurturing environment in which students, staff, parents and community members feel free to participate, take risks and think creatively.
  • An educational setting which integrates current research and technology and encourages innovation.
  • A highly qualified staff using a rich, multi-faceted curriculum and programs emphasizing student responsibility for learning, preparing students for good citizenship and promoting a positive self-image and a joy for learning which meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • A positive environment emphasizing collaboration, cooperation and teamwork.
  • The use of effective communications, public relations and community resources to build supportive community involvement.
  • Opportunities for individuals to set goals and be successful.
  • Assessment-for-learning to guide improvement efforts.

Critical Issues

  • Funding
  • Facilities
  • Communication/Promotion
  • Valuing education by all stakeholders
  • School climate
  • Highly qualified staff
  • Behavior management
  • Safety
  • Technology
  • Maximizing student learning


As a District, we will…
  • Actively pursue legislative and additional funding options that will improve our financial resources and educational position.
  • Create, maintain and improve our educational program and facilities for all students
  • Coordinate community planning and marketing to utilize expertise to promote public support, confidence and trust to create and enhance mutually beneficial partnerships with parents, businesses and community to increase support for educational excellence.
  • Implement school wide expectations of respect, responsibility, safety and preparedness for all.
  • Employ instructional strategies and leverage technology to improve student learning.

Strategic Parameters

As a District, we will not…
  • Exclude parents/guardians from participating in the educational process.
  • Inhibit communication between any members of the school community.
  • Tolerate anything less than a safe and orderly environment.
  • Do anything to diminish the worth and dignity of an individual.
  • Compromise instructional goals and learning styles by limiting teaching strategies.
  • Tolerate the lack of continual professional development in any staff member.


Goal 1: Provide a Safe, Respectful and Supportive Learning Environment
Goal 2: Ensure High Levels of Academic and Social-Emotional Growth for All Students
Goal 3: Cultivate and Sustain an Informed, Supportive Community
Goal 4: Achieve Excellence in Staff and Department Performance
Goal 5: Optimize Available District Funding Resources