Forest Ridge is a highly respected all girls’ school of the Sacred Heart with a rich 110- year old history and tradition. The school is one of an international group of Catholic schools and colleges founded by Saint Madeline Sophie Barat and the Religious of the Sacred Heart. At the core of Sacred Heart education are the Goals and Criteria, the principles that express the intentions and hopes of this 218-year tradition. The essence of the Sacred Heart School is that it be deeply concerned for each student’s total development—spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical—that it emphasize serious study, educate to social responsibility, and lay the foundation of strong faith.
The school is located on a hilltop overlooking Lake Washington and the Seattle—Bellevue Metropolitan area, one of the most vibrant, entrepreneurial and successful regions on the Pacific Rim. The school seeks a smart, agile, critical thinker and leader who will align the school with the spirit, dynamism and potential of the region.
The current campus was built in 1971 when the school relocated from central Seattle to Bellevue and consists of classroom buildings, the Lee Theater and Performing Arts Center, and Shumway field. In 2006, the school added a new High School Building and the Sacred Heart Center.
Forest Ridge currently enrolls 300 girls in grades 5-12, including 26 boarding students (high school only). The Forest Ridge community is diverse, representing different ethnicities, races, cultural and faith backgrounds. Thirty percent of the school’s population are Catholic.
The role of the Head is to establish and maintain a total learning environment in which the human, physical and financial resources of the school are generated, coordinated and directed toward the effective implementation of the Goals and Criteria and the school’s strategic priorities in accord with the policies and direction set by the school’s Board of Trustees. The successful candidate is Catholic and possesses demonstrated interpersonal, communication, marketing, fundraising, facilities planning, and financial management skills.
The new Head will assume responsibility on July 1, 2019. Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents (preferably PDF’s) the following materials:
a cover letter expressing interest in the position
a current resume
a leadership and philosophy statement
a list of 5 professional references with name, phone number and email address of each
Inquiries regarding this position are strictly confidential and references will not be contacted without permission.
Founded in 1907, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, all-girls, independent, college-preparatory school serving students grades 5 through 12. As a member of the worldwide Network of Sacred Heart Schools, we educate each student to the following goals: a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness which impels to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.
Forest Ridge provides a challenging academic environment that embraces students of diverse cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. We develop confident young women who are responsible, creative and compassionate. Our community strives to bring hope and justice to the world.