Since its founding in 1878, Ethical Culture Fieldston School (ECFS) has been a beacon of progressive education in America. Known as one of New York City’s most progressive independent schools, ECFS emphasizes academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, ethics, and community involvement. Educating more than 1,700 students in grades PK-12 on two campuses, ECFS seeks a Principal for the Fieldston Upper division, which enrolls 602 students (9-12) at the school’s Riverdale campus in the Bronx.
Founded by philosopher and humanist Felix Adler as a free kindergarten for the children of the working class, ECFS has been coeducational and integrated from its inception. Compelled by idealism and an interest in early childhood pedagogy, Adler emphasized moral education, psychological development, and the integration of the creative and manual arts with academics. To this day, the school is committed to ethical instruction and moral activism; starting in prekindergarten, students are taught not just how to learn, but how to live.
Heavily influenced as well by the ideas of John Dewey and other pioneers of experiential education in the late 19th Century, ECFS is notable for its democratic approach to teaching and learning. Relationships among faculty, parents, and students are open and strong, and the school is renowned for its commitment to diversity, equity, and access. The school boasts the largest financial aid budget of any independent school in New York City and has pioneered programs dedicated to helping students understand themselves and others.
Fieldston Upper offers a challenging and innovative academic program that features robust arts offerings, an emphasis on community service and service learning, and opportunities for students to take social and intellectual risks. For a position to begin in July of 2018, Fieldston Upper is seeking a dynamic and dedicated educator who is eager to advance the school’s mission while embracing the division’s tradition of passionate debate and service to the broader community.
Acting on behalf of Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Wickenden Associates is actively recruiting exceptional leaders for this compelling opportunity. The lead consultant is Laura Hansen (email@example.com). She may be reached at (609) 683-1355. The application deadline is December 27, 2017.
Founded by former Princeton University Dean of Admission James Wickenden in 1986, Wickenden Associates ranks among the nation's premier independent school consulting firms, conducting searches for Heads of Schools and other senior administrative positions. We serve schools large and small, coeducational and single-sex, boarding and day.