Welcome from the Head of School
Urban School believes there is a better way to educate high school students.”
In an uncertain world, schools, like families, find strength in their core values – the things that truly matter to them. As Urban has responded to the shifting realities of the world around us, we have looked to our guiding principles to both sustain and inspire us.
Urban has never believed that institutional or individual success should be measured or understood through lofty SAT scores, flashy college acceptances, athletic championships or impressive GPAs; these are mere byproducts of an aspirational education that cultivates more intangible and enduring qualities of mind and character: empathy, optimism, determination, open-mindedness, creativity, analytical acuity and – more urgently than ever – 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 commitment to sustained dialogue about complex topics; curricular freedom 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, purposefully engaged community of learners proud to be part of a singular institution ever restless to improve.
Ultimately, of course, I hope your interest in Urban can go beyond the virtual – that you’ll talk to current students and parents/guardians, ask alumni how their Urban lessons became life lessons, and find time to visit us in person. Until then, I wish you good health and continued energy and optimism to embrace the opportunities that lay ahead.
Head of School
Head of School
Dan was the Interim Head at the Crystal Springs Uplands School in 2018-2019 and the Head of the Wheeler School in Providence, RI from 2003 until 2017. Previously, Dan served as the Associate Head/Head of Upper School at Kent Denver School in Colorado (1997-2003), a Dean of Students at the Riverdale Country School in the Bronx (1993-1997), and a history teacher and coach at St Ann's School in Brooklyn (1985-1987). Dan received his B.A. from Amherst College and his MA and Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University.