Rio Grande School is a small, coeducational, nonsectarian independent school for children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A Rio Grande education inspires a lifelong journey of learning and self-discovery that empowers students to find their own true passion and transforms the way they think about, engage with, and impact their world.
The mission of Rio Grande School is to challenge each child's intellect, to inspire each child's imagination, and to nurture each child's desire to learn. Rio Grande School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and The New Mexico Public Education Department and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS.)
The program at Rio Grande School combines academic rigor and excellence with a collaborative, experience-based education. It brings learning to life through a challenging, integrated curriculum enhanced by differentiated instruction from master educators.
Rio Grande School offers a stimulating program in a safe community which values:
Academic Excellence: the foundation of thinking and communication skills, strong habits and the authentic integration of the arts with core subjects to prepare children for success in the 21st century
Child-Centeredness: the promotion of each child’s strengths, interests and learning style to foster personal and academic growth
Diversity and Inclusivity: the respect for human differences in race, culture, ethnicity, religion, lifestyle and socioeconomic background
Character Development: the empowerment to serve others and the recognition that children learn best when social and emotional competencies are integrated with academic skills
Environmental Stewardship: the nurturing of the sense of responsibility for the natural world that the name of our school implies
Global Perspective: the confidence to navigate through international cultures to create new ideas and different ways of perceiving the world
Strong Relationships: the leadership of outstanding educators partnering with committed parents to guide children on their journey
About the Position
The Board of Trustees has launched a comprehensive search for the next Head of School for the Rio Grande School in beautiful, historic Santa Fe, New Mexico. For a position to begin in July 2019, the Board is seeking a caring and dynamic educational leader who will connect with the entire school community to create excitement and engagement around the school’s mission. The ideal candidate must be a student of recent innovations in education but also respect the traditions and rich history of the school. A demonstrated ability and desire to mentor and support educators is key as is a desire to guide the school to ever-higher levels of excellence and innovation.
More information about the school and position, as well as about the specific duties and responsibilities of the Head of School, is contained in the Leadership Opportunity Statement that will be available in mid November. In the meantime, please read about Rio Grande School on the website www.riograndeschool.org
Application Materials Requested:
Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials in a Single Merged Document:
EC Candidate Summary Sheet (contact Joan Beauregard or Marcus Hurlbut for the document)
Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
Personal Statement or Statement of Educational Philosophy
A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)
Up to three letters of reference (optional)
Educators Collaborative Disclosure Form (contact Joan Beauregard or Marcus Hurlbut for the document)
Rio Grande School serves students from three years old to sixth grade, with class sizes ranging from 15-20 students, and a total school population of 160. Founded in 1978, the school is located on five acres in the northeast section of town. Our neighbors include St. John’s College, Santa Fe Prep, and Museum Hill. The school is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest.