Founded in 1922 by nine mothers committed to developing an alternative elementary school experience based on the philosophy of John Dewey and the progressive school movement, The Orchard School today is a nonsectarian independent school serving 555 students, age 3 to grade 8. For nearly a century, Orchard has honored the vision of its founders by offering a joyful learning environment grounded in experiential learning, curricular integration, ready access to the outdoors, and emphasis on the unique academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of each child.
Orchard has been situated since 1957 on a beautiful 43?acre campus in north Indianapolis. Its 18 acres of woods, four playgrounds, rustic outdoor classrooms, gardens, greenhouse, challenge course, athletic fields, and miles of trails support one of the core tenets of the Orchard experience: nature as teacher.
Welcoming parents as partners, Orchard’s dedicated faculty and staff embrace the opportunity to meet each child where they are, offering support and challenge to guide students as they develop into confident and curious lifelong learners well prepared to thrive in high school and beyond as global citizens.
Orchard’s next Head of School will guide the school as it prepares to celebrate its centennial. For a position to begin in July 2018, Orchard is seeking an engaged and engaging educational leader who is wholeheartedly committed to progressive education and skilled at adapting its foundational principles to the demands of the modern age.
This is an exceptional career opportunity for an inspiring, visionary, and strategically minded leader who can position this cherished independent school for continued success and long-term sustainability in an increasingly challenging educational marketplace.
Acting on behalf of Th Orchard School, Wickenden Associates is actively recruiting talented academic leaders for this appealing leadership opportunity. The lead consultant is Jo Butler (email@example.com). She may be reached at (609) 683-1355. The application deadline is October 12, 2017.
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.