Veritas. Amicitia. Fides. Truth. Friendship. Loyalty. These are the words we live by.

These are the words Miss Nightingale’s students chose when asked to craft a motto for their fledgling school. The same words that she then wove into her very first commencement remarks to the Class of 1925:

If you live truly by that standard of truth, friendship, and loyalty you will find that you are given power to discriminate, to put first things first, to avoid crowding out things that really matter by things that do not matter; to share your life—which means forgetting yourself and thinking of other people—remembering that only in sharing, in service, and in sacrifice may the radiant fullness of life be realized.

Today, almost a century later, the Nightingale-Bamford School returns to those founding principles with one fundamental understanding: education at Nightingale is profoundly and inextricably rooted in relationships. What follows is a strategic plan that, indeed, puts first things first and propels the Nightingale-Bamford School into its second century.

The Nightingale–Bamford School
2017 Strategic Plan Goals


The fundamental purpose of a Nightingale education is revealed over a lifetime. At Nightingale, students develop the foundation to do anything they want to do and an abiding passion to make a difference.

Our goal is to graduate young women who are prepared and committed to live lives of meaning.

  • Adopt a revised mission statement, incorporating insights gained in our strategic planning process.
  • Embolden Nightingale’s outstanding global education program, including modern language instruction, international travel, and global citizenship courses.
  • Articulate a modern and forward-looking vision for the Upper School experience.
  • Integrate the concepts of STEM and STEAM throughout the K–XII scope and sequence.
  • Clarify our vision and strategy for Nightingale athletics and physical education.
  • Support expert teaching through enhanced professional development.


For Nightingale students, learning occurs in a rich interplay of relationships—among the girls, their teachers, their families, and each other. With this plan, we go forward with purpose, harnessing the power of those relationships to educate every girl’s mind and heart.

Our goal is to nurture the relationships that are at the center of the Nightingale experience.

  • Ensure that our health and wellness program meets the needs of all students and keeps relationships at its core.
  • Create space for alternative instruction, assessment, and feedback, highlighting ways for students to take the lead.
  • Continue to support the dynamic relationships between families and the school.


The success and strength of Nightingale’s educational experience depends on the collective voices of our diverse community. 

Our goal is to value relationship-building as the pathway to appreciating diversity and building inclusion.

  • Foster an environment where all community members are recognized and valued.
  • Commit to increasing diversity throughout the schoolhouse, including among the student body, faculty and staff, and board of trustees.
  • Provide opportunities for all constituents to learn about, reflect upon, and discuss elements of diversity and equity.


Generations of Nightingale alumnae have led lives of meaning, a testament to the power of our founders’ vision. Ensuring that the same opportunities exist for future generations of students is of primary importance. 

Our goal is to ensure the sustainability of our mission by investing in our most precious resource: our people.

  • Nurture and support our outstanding faculty and staff, with a particular focus on competitive salaries and professional development.
  • Bolster our reputation for excellence through relationship-based education.
  • Maintain wise stewardship of our financial resources, planning now for a sustainable future.
  • Foster a culture of philanthropy that supports the school’s current program and our vision for the future.

Announcement of First Things First

On Friday, September 15, 2017, Head of School Paul A. Burke revealed details of the school's strategic plan, First Things First, at the Parents Association's fall PA Coffee. He was joined by Nikki Vivion, director of strategic initiatives, who discussed how the school will implement the plan. To view this talk in its entirety, click play in the viewer below.