Lagrange Academy is conducting a search for its next Head of School, who will assume leadership in July 2017. Located near the Georgia-Alabama border approximately sixty miles southwest of Atlanta, LaGrange Academy is committed to providing a superior education in a caring, cooperative, and stimulating environment, emphasizing strong moral and ethical values while instilling a lifelong love of learning. The school is often described as a family where everyone, both students and faculty, feels safe, nurtured, valued, and respected. LaGrange seeks teachers and administrators who embrace these ideals and enthusiastically support the school’s mission.
Under the leadership of current Head of School Carl Parke, LaGrange Academy has provided an outstanding, affordable independent school education. The school expanded enrollment by 40% in the past four years. Over the past decade, every senior has graduated and been accepted to college. The entire class of 2015 qualified for the HOPE Scholarship. Interscholastic sports start in sixth grade and a no-cut policy ensures participation through high school. The school mixes hands-on experiential education with a rigorous, AP-based curriculum in all five core academic disciplines. LaGrange values the Fine Arts as well, offering specialized instruction in choral and orchestra music starting in the middle school. LaGrange enjoys 22% student body diversity.
The founders established LaGrange Academy in 1970 to provide West Georgia with a premier college-preparatory independent school. Over the years, tremendous progress has been made in developing and maintaining an educational program capable of preparing students for the personal challenges of college and adult life. LaGrange Academy was one of the first 50 schools nationwide to earn a new, rigorous dual accreditation from the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The Academy community is particularly excited about the five-year strategic plan adopted in 2015, which focuses on expanding academic programs, growing enrollment, ensuring financial stability, and making capital improvements to the physical plant.