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Head of School Waunakee, WI

Madison Country Day School seeks an experienced, collaborative, and strategic leader to serve as its next Head of School. Building on a vibrant and resilient school culture, a deep sense of community, and a commitment to educating the whole child, the Head of School has the exciting opportunity to advance the ambitious mission of a still relatively young school and lead it to a new level of maturity and success.

Madison Country Day School (MCDS) is Dane County's only independent Pre-K–12 school, offering a challenging and comprehensive college?preparatory education, including the Madison area's only International Baccalaureate program. MCDS was founded in 1997 on the principles that every child possesses an extraordinary capacity to learn and effort is generally more important than ability. The curriculum is derived from international standards of academic excellence, which begins with immersing students in the arts, sciences, and languages from the moment they step into a classroom. Combined with small class sizes where every student is truly known and instruction that challenges and supports each individual student, the MCDS curriculum is the cornerstone of an exceptional college-preparatory education. MCDS is an IB World School and accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). MCDS graduates have historically scored high on standardized testing and gone on to attend many of the top fifty universities in the United States, including some of the most selective schools.

MCDS is a special place, characterized by a tangible energy and joy in learning that pervades the halls and conversations with students, faculty, staff, and parents. Guided by the belief that what it offered to families in the Madison region was truly unique and needed to be preserved and built upon, the School has grown dramatically in the past decade from 292 students to over 450 students, building one grade level at a time to double sections across all divisions. With MCDS now approaching its ideal capacity, the next Head of School will have the opportunity to work in partnership with an engaged community of Board members, faculty, staff, and parents to assimilate the effects of growth, strengthen the School’s position and set a forward-looking vision for its future.

MCDS competes with a strong and well-regarded local public school system. The Head will help MCDS determine how to better emphasize its distinctive advantages and will broadly articulate the many unique benefits of an MCDS education. The Head will be expected to be a visible and highly energetic leader who will ensure the School is able to meet its enrollment goals, build a culture of philanthropy, preserve the passion and strong sense of community that has fueled the School’s growth, and recruit and retain the most talented faculty and staff as partners in the enterprise. The ideal candidate will be a strong academic and administrative leader with experience in strategic planning, fundraising, and branding who can provide clear fiscal and operational guidance as MCDS matures and develops.

Sheryl Ash is leading this search with Elizabeth Dorr.

Madison Country Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the School will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. MCDS embraces and celebrates diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or sexual identity in its educational policies, hiring and employment practices, admission policies, scholarship and grant programs, or athletic and other school administered programs.


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