Welcome from the Head of School
Urban School believes there is a better way to educate high school students.”
Last year, as a candidate to become Urban’s seventh Head of School, I read this bold statement from the school’s website as a provocation to learn more. What made Urban different? What made Urban extraordinary? Now, a year later and newly appointed (though a long-time admirer), here’s where I’d start:
Urban believes that institutional or individual success cannot, and should not, be measured or understood through lofty SAT scores, flashy college acceptances, athletic championships or impressive GPAs – though all are abundantly manifest at the school. A truly aspirational education cultivates more intangible and enduring qualities of life and mind: curiosity, creativity, analytical acuity, determination, open-mindedness, empathy, optimism, and, as old-fashioned as it may sound, an authentic investment in making our world a better place.
Easier said than done, of course. But, as you dig into the Urban website, note the academic schedule, with long blocks of time to pursue in-depth understanding; the range of electives to ignite and honor student interest; myriad arenas for collaboration and innovation; and an authentic commitment to community engagement, equity and social justice. Most of all, sense if you can, the unique alchemy of the Urban culture – the joyful, energetically engaged and diverse community of learners proud to be part of a singular institution.
Ultimately, of course, I hope your interest goes beyond the virtual – that you’ll talk to current students and parents/guardians, and meet alumni to ask how their Urban lessons became life lessons. But most of all, I hope you’ll find time to visit us on campus in the very heart of this great city. What’s exciting online is compelling in person.
Head of School
Head of School
Dan recently completed a year as Interim Head of School at Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough. Prior to that from 2003-2017, Dan was Head at the Wheeler School, an 825-student, PreK-12th grade independent school in Providence, RI. Before his headship at Wheeler, Dan was Head of Upper School and Assistant Head at Kent Denver School in Colorado, Dean of Students at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, NY, and a teacher and coach at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY. He earned his BA from Amherst College, and both an MA in History and a PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University.
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