Bergman Academy, a private, independent PreK-Grade 8 school in Des Moines, Iowa, seeks an Interim Head of School for the 2018-19 academic year.
Established 40 years ago, Bergman Academy has a current enrollment of 300 students and 40 staff. Widely considered the premier PreK-Grade 8 school in the state of Iowa, Bergman Academy is known for:
Small student to teacher ratios (7:1 preschool, 9:1 pre-K and 16:1 K-8th grade) allow for our dedicated faculty to get to know each child individually, understanding the way he or she learns best.
A challenging curriculum along with a focus on whole child development
Differentiated guided instruction in small classrooms allows teachers to respond to individual learning styles. Accelerated students can be challenged while remaining with their peers, rather than being pulled to the next grade level.
Project-based and experiential learning opportunities engage students both inside and outside the classroom. From pond studies in the park, to geocaching in the woods, to visiting local cultural and educational treasures around the metro area, students experience diverse and academically enriching outings.
Spanish language instruction is taught through immersive lessons which incorporate current events, music, literature, games, poetry, pop culture, and storytelling, all while engaging in conversation. Spanish classes begin in preschool and continue through 8th grade.
A beautiful natural setting in the middle of a large city park serves as an extension of Bergman Academy classrooms, and students enjoy the numerous hiking trails and beautiful scenery surrounding the school.
A warm and vibrant school community of students, teachers, staff, and parents
A hard-working and dedicated Board of Directors
An exciting sense of growth, having doubled in size over the past ten years, added a new middle school wing, and now fundraising for a new gym/student activity center.
Though not currently affiliated with NAIS or ISACS, Bergman Academy is exploring moving in that direction.
The Interim Head of School will be a seasoned administrator and inspiring leader with experience in an independent school setting, an advanced degree, a deep understanding of high-quality teaching and learning, and strong skills in personnel and financial management. The ideal candidate will be a strong listener and communicator, and will be fully invested in the spirit of Bergman Academy.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and personal statement of educational philosophy.