Head of School Corner

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

September 1, 2019
As I look forward to the 2019-2020 school year, I think about our 8th grade class. In my first year as Head of School, these students began in Kindergarten. At that time the school was under-enrolled with a total of 72 students and a particular challenge with very low middle school enrollment. We had no sports programs, no meaningful partnerships with other schools and had just one year prior launched a new school model with a global focus.
We began school with 114 students enrolled in our school. Our thriving middle school experience includes a coed soccer team, boys and girls basketball teams and an ultimate Frisbee team. We have a partnership with Chief Dull Knife College on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and partnerships with two schools in China. Our school is not only thriving through increased enrollment, but we have emerged as a regional leader in cross cultural education. Our team has been invited to present our educational model at 5 national or international conferences and we are in the process of exploring a long-term partnership with a major university related to this work.
Beyond the success of these programs, we have built an educational team that delivers high quality programing that unlocks the potential of each child through differentiated learning. We have stayed committed to small learning teams in reading, writing and math and offer opportunities for students’ exploration and creativity in science, visual and performing arts and technology. Our foreign language program offers immersive opportunities to acquire language and explore culture using authentic learning experiences.
I know that when our 8th grade students complete this year of learning together in June, we will celebrate as a community the many accomplishments we will experience together in this exciting year!
Sam Chestnut
Head of School

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