About the School

Dwight-Englewood School (D-E) is a coeducational, independent college preparatory day school of 1028 students, serving Preschool (age 3) through Grade 12. D-E is the product of three (3) merged schools, the oldest of which was founded in 1889. The School is one of the most ethnically diverse in Bergen County, and students represent over 115 different zip codes in New Jersey and New York. Over 5 million dollars of the Dwight-Englewood budget is devoted to financial aid. The excellence of a Dwight-Englewood education rests firmly upon the foundation of the faculty. The faculty are experienced, passionate, and as dedicated to ongoing learning as the students. Dwight-Englewood is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. The mission statement reads: “As a community of learners, Dwight-Englewood School strives to foster in each student a passion for life-long learning. We seek excellence, honor integrity, and embrace diversity in order to develop the skills, values, and courage to meet the challenges of a changing world and make it better.”

The D-E Lower School, which has its home in Drapkin Hall, spans a large developmental age range – the largest in the School – from preschool 3 through fifth grade. With approximately 250 students and 45 faculty and staff members, the Lower School is, as are the other divisions, led by the Foundation Documents of the School. Believing that when students are connected to one another and their school, they are more engaged and invested in their learning, Lower School teachers strive to create classroom communities in which every child feels cared for, valued and known.

About the Position

The Lower School Principal reports to the Head of School and is a member of the senior administrative team. S/he oversees the PS-3 through Grade 5 Lower School of 250 students and 45 faculty and staff members. The Principal is supported by two Assistant Principals and a support services team consisting of a psychologist, a nurse, and learning specialists. In addition to the classroom teachers and assistant teachers, there is a team of ‘specials teachers’ who teach Spanish, French, music, art, science, STEM, health and wellness, and research and information skills.

The next Lower School Principal will have the opportunity to build upon the work of the past years, during which the School has engaged in faculty-wide training in the Responsive Classroom approach and brought coherence and consistency to the curriculum and pedagogy in several areas. The literacy curriculum is grounded in the Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and is workshop based. The mathematics curriculum is problem-solving oriented and follows the research-based Singapore Mathematics approach.

The successful candidate will be an experienced Lower School leader and a skilled Lower School teacher who loves children and enjoys being in the classroom and being present with students, teachers, and parents. S/he will have experience with the curriculum used in the Lower School at D-E. Importantly, s/he will be a culturally competent visionary educator with a demonstrated commitment to and skill in leading a diverse community of learners with an integrated curricular approach to embracing and ensuring equity, inclusion, and belonging from the earliest years. Warm and approachable to students, teachers, and parents; kind yet firm; reflective and collaborative; passionate about children and education; committed to knowing every child; and an active listener, the next Lower School Principal will find an excellent school that seeks to be even better and that has the team and resources to make that quest a reality.

How to Apply

Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the materials listed below by January 8, 2021.

  • EC Candidate Summary Sheet (contact Nat Conard for this document)
  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • Statement of educational leadership philosophy
  • A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)
  • Up to three letters of reference (optional)

Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:

  • Nat Conard, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC (email: nconard@educatorscollaborative.com, phone: 908-531-5183)