Founded in 1764, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School (CGPS) is one of the nation’s oldest private schools and the largest independent school in Manhattan. CGPS offers a rigorous and comprehensive college preparatory education to nearly 1,300 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. The Middle School serves 253 students in grades 5-7. For a position to begin in July 2019, CGPS is seeking an accomplished middle school leader with strong curricular expertise, excellent administrative skills, and an educational philosophy consonant with the school’s unique culture and values.
Suited to an academically diverse group of students — ranging from the highest achievers to those needing meaningful learning support — CGPS provides a balanced, caring educational experience. Rigorous yet relaxed, CGPS seeks to inspire students in an atmosphere that is cooperative rather than intensely competitive.
Promoting intellectual growth while instilling in students a love of learning, CGPS nurtures individuals’ academic and non-academic passions and strives to imbue in them concern and respect for others. The school seeks to empower its students, sending them into the world beyond CGPS with a solid educational foundation as well as the confidence, optimism, sense of purpose, and energy to achieve and exceed their dreams.
The school’s incomparable Upper West Side campus encompasses 12 buildings. With the opening in 2016 of two new floors atop the main building, a self-contained Middle School for grades 5–7 was created for the first time in the school’s history. Eighth-graders remain in the Preparatory School, allowing them to become accustomed to the expectations of that division before beginning the higher-stakes freshman year.
The next Middle School Director will join CGPS during an exciting time of growth and innovation. For a forward-thinking and collaborative academic leader, the position offers an exceptional opportunity to build upon a deep foundation of institutional excellence while forging a clear identity for this young division.
Acting on behalf of Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, Wickenden Associates is actively recruiting exceptional candidates for this compelling leadership opportunity. The lead consultants are Laura Hansen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jim Wickenden (email@example.com) . Both may be reached at (609) 683-1355. The application deadline is January 21, 2019
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Founded by former Princeton University Dean of Admission James Wickenden in 1986, Wickenden Associates ranks among the nation's premier independent school consulting firms, conducting searches for Heads of Schools and other senior administrative positions. We serve schools large and small, coeducational and single-sex, boarding and day.