From the Head of School
Dear Stuart Hall Community,
I am writing today to share with you that after thoughtful consideration, I have decided that the conclusion of my three-year contract at the end of this school year is the right time for me to hand over the reins to the School’s next leader.
I'm proud of the work we've done together, guiding the School through varied challenges and setting the school up for success in the coming years. I feel a new leader will bring renewed energy to build upon our accomplishments and shepherd the School through its 179th year and beyond. This past year has certainly confirmed for many of us the importance of being near family and pursuing dreams. My gray hair notwithstanding, I feel like a young man, and I believe this is the right time for my family and me to transition to another opportunity.
As this new school year unfolded, I took some time to reflect on the past years, including what drew me to Stuart Hall and what we have accomplished together. Since my first visit to Stuart Hall, the inclusive spirit of the community, consistent with the Episcopal tradition, has captured my heart. Stuart Hall is a place where students bring their full selves to school each day. Together with an outstanding faculty who deliver the School’s distinctive, authentic and project-based learning curriculum, students work hard and know that they are loved and appreciated as their unique and wonderful selves.
Thanks to the hard work of the faculty, staff, administration, families, and students of Stuart Hall, these characteristics have become even more evident during this, our 178th year. We are especially glad to have boarding students back on campus where the community is buoyed by their energy and engagement. Even in these challenging times, we are able to offer robust co-curricular activities that bring day and boarding students together with social and learning opportunities extending beyond the classroom. In addition, the enhancements we made to the standards-based Mastery Learning curriculum is positioning Stuart Hall to be a national exemplar school for this initiative. Furthering momentum in this direction is the Eastham Center’s strategic location downtown, positioning our high school students to practice their skills in the greater community.
Like so many small, residential schools across the country, financial headwinds—amplified immeasurably by a global pandemic—have challenged the School. We are so fortunate the spirit and loyalty that has maintained Stuart Hall for almost two centuries is strong. Our strategic vision is becoming a reality, and we are sailing forward with a clear vision.
I am proud to announce Jason Coady, Dean of Students & Campus Life, will be the new Head of School for the 2022-23 academic year. I have the utmost confidence that Jason’s vision for the future of Stuart Hall School will thrive with new and exciting initiatives for the students.
Thank you to the entire Stuart Hall family–faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni and friends–who have made my time at Stuart Hall one I will cherish.
Forward Ever, Stuart Hall
Head of School