The Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA
Search for Head of School for 2020
School Strategies and Solutions is pleased to be leading the search for the next Head of School at the Episcopal School of Baton Rouge to commence on July 1, 2020. The Episcopal School of Baton Rouge distinguishes itself as the leading independent school in Baton Rouge. “As a ministry of the Episcopal diocese of Louisiana, Episcopal nurtures and develops the whole child – spiritually, intellectually, morally, physically, and artistically – through challenging academic and co-curricular programs to prepare our graduates for college and purposeful lives.” This whole-child educational philosophy is articulated through a rich curriculum that expects a commitment to academic excellence, professional faculty who guide young minds in the classroom, studio, and on the athletic field, and engaged students who graduate as self-sustaining learners, engaged global citizens, and young women and men of character. Eighty percent of the upper school students participate in athletics, ninety percent in the arts, and the upper school student population participated in over 800 service learning experiences within the last year. As an Episcopal school, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge works to weave the principles of meaningful school worship, rich community life, foundational religious education, and striving for social justice into the very fabric of the school’s overall life. Hugh McIntosh will step down as Head of School in June of 2020, completing a decade of service and dynamic leadership at this much-heralded school.
Located on 55 acres, the school features 13 architecturally consistent campus buildings that include separate buildings for each of the three divisions, a 37,000 square-foot Visual and Performing Arts Center, two full libraries, a Gothic-inspired chapel, two full-sized gyms, and a sports complex. In addition, twenty-four acres adjacent to the school have been recently acquired. Enrollment, spanning PreK3-12, stands at 943 in the current academic year, with a diverse, multi-talented student body. This current enrollment matches both the size of the facilities and the athletic program. Sixty-five percent of the 110 faculty members hold advanced degrees and the student-teacher ratio is 10:1.
The academic program in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools is cohesive across divisions and designed for differentiation that allows individual students to be appropriately challenged and supported. This academic program culminates in an upper school curriculum that includes twenty Advanced Placement courses with a yearly enrollment average of 185 AP students - nearly half the Upper School. A Distinctions Program was recently introduced, through which students earn recognition in various areas of study by demonstrating excellence in rigorous coursework and leadership in experiences beyond the classroom. Included in this Distinctions Program is a two-year independent science research program in which students perform their own research projects in labs at Louisiana State University or other research institutes, and a student thesis program, which is “an engaged forum of ideas that focus on service learning, character, and global issues.” Complementing these initiatives are recently introduced classes focused on developing design thinking and a new Global and Social Studies Department, encompassing both Social Studies and World Language, with a focus on the history, culture, literature, and arts of various regions of the world. This academic program is paired with a comprehensive, best-fit oriented college counseling program that starts in the eighth grade. Episcopal’s 100% college acceptance rate at a selective and geographically-diverse list of colleges and universities speaks to the strength of the overall program.
Currently the school is engaged in a three-pronged capital campaign, Spirit, Mind, & Body. The chapel was renovated first at a cost of $1.6 million. The Academic Commons ribbon cutting in August 2018 added 27,000 square feet of modern, innovative classroom space dedicated principally to STEM and entrepreneurial offerings. Fundraising continues for this $9.4 million project, adding to the seventy percent of cash and pledges in hand. Renovations to provide a Lower and Middle School Innovative Learning Center will begin soon, and construction began in November 2018 on the 25,000 square foot Athletic Field House with a Fall 2019 completion target date. As of Fall 2018, the school had cash and pledges in excess of $14,000,000 targeted for the capital campaign. Additionally the school’s annual fund goal for ’18-‘19 is $710,000, which is well on its way to being fulfilled. Trustee giving is at 100% and was matched by faculty and staff at 100% in August. The school has a healthy balance sheet with total endowed assets of $11,935,254 as of June 2018. The board of trustees operates in a fiscally responsible manner by annually approving a balanced operating budget. For the ’17-’18 academic year expenses were $19,862,922.
The board is acutely aware of its role and responsibilities. Deeply engaged, this board models best practices in a manner that could be an archetype for governance among all member schools of NAIS. There is a recently approved strategic plan in place with a comprehensive range of headings designed to continue the momentum established under the care and wisdom of Hugh McIntosh.
The board chair, Katheryn Flournoy, recently summed up the opportunity at the board retreat held in August of 2018. “The next head of school will lead in an environment where the only constant is change. Baton Rouge is growing and challenging, which will require a person of nimble intellect to anticipate and meet marketplace demands. Our students are facing a world of unknown challenges, which will require a person of ethics to model how to ask the right questions and seek the best solutions.”
We believe this is an extraordinary opportunity for a school leader who, not only embraces to the fullest the school’s mission but also has the requisite administrative skills to pioneer, where appropriate, with new initiatives designed to stretch the students and the community of Baton Rouge, while hewing to closely held school principles.
The school holds memberships or affiliations with SAIS; SAES, NAIS; NAES; NACAC; SACAC; & ACCIS. In addition, the school benefits from its relative location, a mere ten miles from LSU and a ninety-minute drive from New Orleans.
Consultants Bob Hallett and Ted Lingenheld are partnering with The Episcopal School of Baton Rouge search committee and will be supported by our highly talented support team.
Consultants will submit to the search committee a distinguished, mission-compatible and diverse candidate pool. Competitive candidates will present inspiring personal and professional attributes, a passion and commitment to educating students within a PK-12 school setting. In addition, an understanding of Episcopal School practice and mission is a desirable asset. If you are considering such an opportunity or know someone who is a current or aspiring school leader, and who might wish to explore ESBR, please contact us to discuss the school, search process and necessary qualifications.
The complete Position Profile will be available as soon as possible following our comprehensive listening and learning visit on January 15 & 16, 2019.
Application Materials Required
Letter of interest specific to The Episcopal School of Baton Rouge
List of, and contact information for five (5) references, including current or most recent supervisor
Statement of Educational or Leadership Philosophy
These documents should be emailed as a single PDF to both consultants below at the earliest opportunity. Telephone screening interviews will begin in January 2019 and the search committee will begin receiving files for review during the spring.