Sharing with you today my delight at being very recently appointed the next Head of School at St. Gregory College Preparatory School in Tucson, AZ, to begin July 1, 2009.
St. Gregory is a non-sectarian, 6th through 12th grade independent school, with about 330 students, situated on 20 acres in a central part of the city. Founded in 1980, it has had great success in the development of its first class facilities, including science laboratory building, beautiful gymnasium, on-campus ropes course, and 300+ seat performing arts center. It is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and ISAS.
It is also truly already a “good high school” in many of the ways discussed in this blog: an outstanding science lab for hands-on science learning, a block schedule, a strong commitment to experiential education, and much more. But being a 21st century good high school is more than actions, it is also attitude, and I am delighted by St. Gregory’s commitment to 21st century education. Everyone I met there– trustees, administrators, parents, teachers, and students– was eager to continue the school’s evolution forward, building on its present platform, to become one of the nation’s leading 21st century schools.
My blog will continue, this fall and winter in its present form, and next summer reinvented as a Head of School Blog hosted at the St. Gregory’s website.