Since its founding in 1878, Ethical Culture Fieldston School (ECFS) has been a beacon of progressive education in America. Known among New York City independent schools as a place where children are simultaneously encouraged to revel in the joys of childhood and confront the challenges presented by the modern world, ECFS emphasizes ethical thinking, academic excellence, and student-centered learning. Educating more than 1,700 students in grades PK-12 on two campuses, ECFS seeks a Principal for the Fieldston Lower division, which enrolls 270 students (PK-5) at the school’s Riverdale campus in the Bronx.
Founded by philosopher and humanist Felix Adler as a free kindergarten for the children of working people, ECFS has been coeducational and integrated from its inception. Compelled by idealism and an interest in early childhood pedagogy, Adler emphasized moral education, psychological development, and the integration of the creative and manual arts with academics. To this day, the school is committed to ethical instruction and moral activism; starting in prekindergarten, students are taught not just how to learn, but how to live.
Heavily influenced by the ideas of John Dewey and other pioneers of experiential education in the late 19th century, ECFS is notable for its democratic approach to teaching and learning. Relationships among faculty, parents, and students are open and strong, and the school is renowned for its commitment to diversity, access, and equity. The school boasts the largest financial aid budget of any independent school in New York City and has invested heavily in programs dedicated to helping students understand themselves and others.
Fieldston Lower promotes a joyful yet challenging approach to its students’ intellectual and socialemotional development. The division seeks an experienced, collaborative leader who is energized by the unique culture and mission of ECFS. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a forward-thinking educator with a passion for innovation, ethics, diversity, and social justice to join one of New York City’s most storied independent schools and lead the division in pursuit of a common purpose.
Acting on behalf of Ethical Culture Fieldston 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 November 21, 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.