During the 2022-23 school year Bay Area Educational Institute/dba Bayhill High School launched a comprehensive strategic planning process. To build a base of sound information and to guide the planning process, BAEI enlisted the assistance of a research and planning firm, Ian Symmonds & Associates. The strategic planning steering committee, comprised of Board members, faculty, and parents, worked collaboratively though a series of exercises designed to establish priorities based on the findings of the research.

Bayhill is uniquely positioned to launch an inspired strategic plan with a single vision at heart – creating agency for every type of thinker. Our vision embraces our mission to educate students with learning differences and acknowledges the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our priorities.

In the next five to seven years, we look forward to expanding our reach to more students in the Bay Area through initiatives that will creatively strengthen our ability to impact the lives of every type of thinker, while continuing to build a strong financial foundation that ensures the future growth of our organization. I look forward to uniting our community around our vision and am excited to embark on this new path for our future.

Donna Austin
Executive Director

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Mission: What We Do

We educate students with learning differences, focusing on their individual learning needs, to maximize their inherent abilities and their potential to succeed.

Vision: Why We Do It

To create agency for every type of thinker.

Strategic Initiatives

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Expand Our Outreach

Increase revenue by increasing our educational offerings, reaching more students.


Investigate and potentially design a center for training educational therapists and for providing educational therapy in research-based interventions to students of all ages.


Develop a post-secondary college coaching program that will enhance our program and overall impact.


Increase the number of students we serve – at the school and through other programs – the types of services we offer, and offering teacher training and parent education.

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Deepen Our Impact

Deepen our impact and reach more students through our existing structure of Bayhill High School.


Design, articulate, and make explicit individualized pathways to graduation that provide students with experiences in college, career, and technical education.


Investigate the potential expansion of our grade range to middle school to serve more students and develop a feeder school for the high school.


Investigate new sites, locations, or access points to accommodate new graduate pathways, training center opportunities, and middle school expansion.

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Seek Excellence

Increase our position in the Bay Area and within our category by positioning us as experts in our field.


Improve our branding, messaging, awareness, and outreach.


Reach the long-term economic impact of our graduates and their educational and career outcomes.


Enhance the ongoing recruitment and retention of excellent faculty and staff.