Metairie Park Country Day School, a preeminent PK-12 co-educational independent school in New Orleans, Louisiana, seeks its 10th Head of School beginning July 1, 2021. Country Day, as the School is often called, enrolls 760 students with an additional Early Childhood Center enrollment of 120 children, ages 6 weeks to 4 years. The School seeks a confident, caring, and experienced leader whose educational beliefs are consistent with the “Country Day Way” - emphasizing excellence, collaboration, community, innovation, cherished traditions, and respect for every individual.
Country Day was founded in 1929 by a progressive head of school and visionary parents who embraced a mission of “building strength of intellect and strength of character within a community that is simultaneously challenging and supportive.” Located in beautiful Old Metairie, a ten-minute drive from downtown New Orleans, the fifteen-acre campus has classrooms that open to outdoor corridors and make the outdoors an essential part of the community experience. Students delight in the faculty’s progressive program orientation that uses innovative pedagogy to attain traditional college-prep goals and is distinctive for its balance of academics, arts, and athletics.
As Country Day begins the glidepath to its Centennial, opportunities for professional meaning and impact abound in service to this special community that is immersed in the unique culture that is New Orleans.
A detailed position description is available on the Carney Sandoe & Associates www.carneysandoe.com.
Be assured that all inquiries and referrals are confidential.
Notice of Non-Discrimination
Based on receipt of federal financial assistance through a Paycheck Protection Program loan administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under the CAREs Act, the School acknowledges its obligation to prohibit discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, citizenship status, genetic information, handicap or disability in admissions, access, employment, tuition assistance, educational policies, or other school administered student and employee programs and activities. Questions regarding the School’s compliance with the application and administration of the School’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed Mike McGuire, Athletic Director (Title IX), email@example.com, 504-849-3190, 300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005; Jen Sciortino, Director of Academic Excellence (Section 504), firstname.lastname@example.org, 504-838-3304, 300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005; Bonnie LaGraize, Chief Financial Officer (Title IX and Section 504), email@example.com, 504-849-3106, 300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005, or to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) or to the SBA. Please refer to the School’s SBA Non-Discrimination Compliance Policy on the School’s website for information on how to file complaints with OCR or the SBA.
This notice will remain in effect until the School has satisfied and paid off the SBA Paycheck Protection Loan.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
About Metairie Park Country Day School
OUR MISSION: Metairie Park Country Day School enriches the lives of talented young people in a dynamic learning environment, building strength of intellect and strength of character within a community that is simultaneously challenging and supportive. Our students learn to be flexible, to be adaptable, and to face the challenges of life with honor, optimism, confidence, creativity, and a sense of humor.
Metairie Park Country Day School was founded in 1929 on a 15-acre campus located in an attractive residential neighborhood north of downtown New Orleans. The School has a stable and growing enrollment of approximately 760 students in Pre-K through 12th grade and sends its seniors to competitive colleges. Country Day has 96 teaching faculty, many of whom have advanced degrees and a long tenure with the School. The faculty to student ratio is approximately one to 8.7. While the School has a demanding course of study, with a number of opportunities to take electives, it comes out of a progressive tradition that puts a premium on challenging students to excel within their own frameworks of talent and ambition in a highly interactive environment. Values emphasized are a love of l...earning for its own sake, individual responsibility, critical thinking, strength of intellect, strength of character, creativity and self-expression, and communal values.
In supporting the character formation of each student, Country Day strives to sustain an atmosphere in which faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and others work together to foster a caring and nurturing environment. Students are encouraged to be tolerant of other views, to be morally responsible, to be adaptable to a changing world, to recognize and act upon a sense of social responsibility, and to see themselves as individuals who are also active members of a vibrant larger community. The School has a strong co-curricular program, including successful athletic teams in which most students participate, a fine instrumental and choral program, and a sturdy commitment to community service, all of which are actively supported by parents and alumni.
The current Head, Mr. Matt Neely, was appointed in 2017.
The School operates with an annual budget of $15 million. Various capital campaigns have raised the funds to upgrade school facilities over the past ten years including, most recently, raising funds to renovate and expand the Coleman Family Dining Room, build a new Science and Engineering Building, and renovate our Art and Lower School Science Building. Even while raising funds for these large capital projects, the Country Day Fund, our school’s annual giving campaign, continues to enjoy historic levels of financial support and unprecedented levels of participation across all constituencies.
Country Day accepts qualified students without regard to race, color, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin.