Smith College Campus School, MA

Smith College Campus School, MA

Coed Day School
Grade K-6 - Principal: Patty Allen (Principal, Parkway School, Greenwich, CT)

School Profile

33 Prospect Street
Northampton, MA 01063
Coed Day School
270 students, Grades K-6
Principal for July 1, 2016

In 1926, Smith College President William Allan Neilson established The Smith College Day School to serve as research and learning sites for Smith College faculty and students in education, child development, and psychology. Today, The Day School is known as the Smith College Campus School, enrolling 270 children from kindergarten through sixth grade. The Campus School continues Smith School, MAto provide an exemplary education for elementary school students while modeling innovative, research-based practice in its capacity as a laboratory for the study of teaching and learning.

The mission of the Smith College Campus School is to provide an exemplary education for elementary school students and to provide a learning environment for Smith College students and faculty.

More specifically, the Campus School’s mission is:

  • To provide an intellectually challenging and engaging elementary education that fosters development in all areas.
  • To encourage children to fulfill their potential within a responsive, respectful and supportive learning environment.
  • To serve as a laboratory school for Smith College students participating in teacher preparation programs and for Smith College faculty and students engaged in the study of children and the teaching-learning process and research.

Since its founding, the Smith College Campus School has embraced a spirit of educational “research and development” that enhances the experience of children as well as the Smith College graduate and undergraduate students that study teaching and child development at the school.

The educational program of SCCS provides an engaging supportive and idea-centered education for students in grades K-6, a collaborative and reflective environment for mentoring future educators into the profession, and an approach to curriculum grounded in the close study of practice and anchored in emerging research and a spirit of innovation.

Three core purposes guide the educational program at the school: providing an engaging supportive, and idea-centered education for students in grades K-6; mentoring future teachers in a collaborative and reflective environment, and developing approaches to teaching and learning anchored in ideas, inquiry, and emerging research in the fields of learning sciences, academic disciplines, and child development.

The Smith College Campus School is committed to creating a learning community where children actively engage with subject matter and where they feel not only free but encouraged to take intellectual risks that lead to deeper understandings and the ability and confidence to apply what they know. Students come to know themselves, engage deeply with peers and adults, and come to explore and honor their roles within their classroom and larger school community.

Leadership Opportunity:
Smith College seeks a Principal to lead the Smith College Campus School effective July 1, 2016. This is a unique leadership opportunity in a unique educational setting as the Campus School functions as an academic unit of Smith College, a world renowned, liberal arts women’s college, and as such benefits from the extensive facilities and support of the College. The Principal will oversee the day-to-day operations of the School, working closely with students, teachers and families, while enjoying the overall support of a world-class college community. The Principal works with and reports to the faculty director to provide overall direction for the development and maintenance of an educational program consistent with the mission, philosophy, and goals of a laboratory school and will work in close collaboration with the faculty of the Department of Education and Child Study at Smith to continue to enrich SCCS’ innovative, research-based practice in teaching and learning.

The next Principal of the Campus School will be a dynamic, accessible, and visionary educational leader with a commitment to promoting child-centered practice, preparing future educators, cultivating a caring community, and supporting the ongoing learning of teachers.

The next Principal will bring to the position:

  • Significant teaching, administrative & leadership experience at the K-6 level (advanced degree required).
  • A spirit of innovation, excitement and intellectual enthusiasm about teaching and learning
  • A strategic thinker who can engage collaboratively the various constituencies of the school community in formulating and working toward shared vision and goals
  • A passion about the scholarship, research, and the ongoing conversations in the profession surrounding learning, teaching, teacher development, and curriculum
  • A commitment to cultivating a community where teachers learn from and with each other
  • An interpersonal liveliness and a relational charisma
  • A deep understanding of how children develop, relate, play and learn including a commitment and ability to support a school community that honors the whole child”
  • A way of being with children and families that cultivates a connection to the school and the community
  • An understanding and experience with developing and overseeing budgets
  • A supportive leader who guides the faculty in their professional growth, encourages innovation, and develops opportunities for sharing best practices with the broader educational community.

How to Apply:
Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials by November 15, 2015

  • EC Candidate Summary Sheet (Contact Marcus Hurlbut for that document)
  • Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee
  • Résumé
  • Statement of educational philosophy
  • A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)

Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:
Marcus Hurlbut, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC
(email:, phone: 949-279-3084)

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