Orlando’s Premier, Independent, College Preparatory School for Pre-K Through 12th Grade.
Lake Highland Preparatory School (LHPS) students receive an unparalleled education with long-lasting life lessons rooted in integrity, grit, and grace. Established in 1970, the school’s strong and inspiring educational tradition focuses on developing young people with a passion for scholarship, empathy for others, pride in our country and determination to preserve its many freedoms, curiosity to innovate, confidence to contribute, courage to lead, and perseverance to conquer life’s challenges.
Community is a core strength of Lake Highland. Our students and families represent widely diverse backgrounds, experiences, and circumstances, and they find a welcoming home here to grow, learn and love one another. Carefully nurtured and broadly celebrated, this special community underpins a powerful and persistent “Highlander spirit.” The incoming Director of the Lower School will be expected to consistently demonstrate an unwavering commitment to preserve and strengthen our strong community. This commitment is central to “who we are,” and grows in scope, determination, and fidelity with each passing year.
Lake Highland’s dedicated faculty members carefully plan and lead the rigorous and broad-based curricula for Pre-K through 12th-grade students. Our unique academic continuum spans 14 years, and it offers an exciting array of college preparatory opportunities. Our students grow and develop their love of learning as they acquire confidence in their abilities and skills, and as they develop strategies for success in college and life.
Our Lower School is home to inspiring teachers and inquisitive students who love to learn. It is a place where learning and character development go hand in hand. We offer exciting opportunities for students through our outstanding academics and strong offerings in the arts, physical education, and leadership development. At every grade level, we focus on meeting each student’s academic and developmental needs, fostering motivated, creative and independent students who love learning.
LHPS Mission and Values
Mission Statement: Within an atmosphere of love, concern, and mutual respect, Lake Highland Preparatory School is committed to instilling Christian values, inspiring patriotism, developing leaders, and preparing students for college and lifelong learning through academically challenging programs and affirming competitive experiences.
Vision: Lake Highland Preparatory School develops and empowers students with noble character, keen intellect, and an enduring love of learning to thrive in a highly competitive, widely collaborative and ever-changing world. The school’s “whole child” approach fosters confident, competent and functional citizens who are intellectually, physically, emotionally, and spiritually prepared to pursue their dreams, achieve their full potential, and successfully cope with life challenges.
LHPS is committed to attracting and retaining highly diverse and remarkably capable faculty and staff members to best serve our highly diverse and remarkably capable student body. Our duty and desire as educators are to recognize and celebrate the unique needs, talents, and abilities of each student, faculty and staff member by facilitating learning and growth, and instilling confidence and self-worth. Every Highlander is considered and expected to be a contributing, valued member of our school community. Our culture of inclusion empowers all Highlanders to thrive in a challenging, accepting, and continually growing community of excellence, equity, and accountability.
Lake Highland’s student body comprises many different faiths, and we welcome families of all religions to the school. We believe each student is a unique child of God and that every child can thrive in an atmosphere of love, concern, and mutual respect. To create a culture where students respect and understand different religions, our teachers and staff strive to personify the nine attributes of the Fruit of the Spirit in all their actions. (Select this link: Fruit of the Spirit, for more information.)
Total Enrollment: 1,954 Students
Lower School (grades Pre-K - 6): 825 Students
Lower School Faculty: 106 full-time faculty and 13 part-time faculty; 37% have advanced degrees.
Middle School (grades 7-8): 369 Students
Upper School (grades 9-12): 760 Students
Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Florida Council of Independent Schools
Member: National Association of Independent Schools
Leadership at Lake Highland Preparatory School
Led by our President, Vice Admiral Alfred G. Harms, Jr., USN (Ret.), our school leadership team and administrative staff are wholly committed to Lake Highland Preparatory School’s mission, and they actively lead our students, faculty and staff members by living our mission daily in accordance with our Strategic Plan.
LHPS seeks a highly energized leader, educator and administrator to head our vibrant Lower School program. The incoming Director must be comfortable and energized to lead and implement change, and carefully guide outcomes in alignment with our strategic plan. The incoming Director will commence working at LHPS in early summer, no later than July 1, 2020.
The successful candidate will be a talented, motivated and energetic educational leader who is ready to contribute to a dynamic learning community. The successful candidate will champion the school’s mission, and be willing to work with and develop both strong faculty members and motivated students of diverse cultures and experiences.
As an agent of change, the Director must be able to easily cope and skillfully deal with ambiguity while conducting critical analyses of current pedagogy, assessing mission alignment with organizational constructs, and ensuring unwavering commitment to our strategic plan and mission principles. It will be important for the incoming Director to continually assess current lower school organizational structures, curricula standards and practices, and then confidently recommend and implement necessary organizational streamlining and program changes to align with best practices.
The Director of the Lower School provides leadership and supervision in the daily operation of the Lower School. The Director plans for and oversees the quality of learning, student services, and student outcomes while ensuring cohesive integration with school-wide policies, programs, and initiatives. Importantly, the Director continues to build school community based on love, genuine concern, and mutual respect.
Important Qualities and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will offer most or all of the following:
Substantial experience in excellent lower school settings.
Knowledge of best practices in lower school education.
Deep understanding of age-appropriate development and love of working with lower school students.
Keen intelligence, intellectual curiosity, and visionary capacity.
Demonstrated cultural awareness and commitment to our mission and vision.
An open mind and trustworthy character.
A collaborative and collegial leadership style.
A passion for lifelong learning, and a willingness to change when necessary.
Superior interpersonal skills; eager to connect with students, parents, and colleagues with warmth and confidence, particularly when difficult conversations are required, through the daily life of the division.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
Confidence tempered by humility and a sense of humor.
Unwavering confidentiality in all activities.
A record of success promoting the health and wellness of students and faculty.
The Lower School Director is a member of the school’s leadership team and reports directly to LHPS President, Vice Admiral Alfred G. Harms, Jr., USN (Ret.).
Application Requirements and Search Process
Candidates should submit the following documents no later than November 30, 2019:
Cover letter indicating why they are particularly interested in and qualified for the position.
Statement of educational philosophy.
The names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. (Please submit this on a separate document, not as part of your resume or cover letter. We will obtain permission from candidates prior to contacting references.)
Optional: Other supporting material (e.g. articles, presentations, or letters of recommendation) that would be useful to the Search Committee.
These materials should be sent via a pdf email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org specifying “Director Lower School” in the subject line.
After an initial review of applicants in early December, the Search Committee will contact a select group of candidates for interviews. Finalists will be invited to LHPS for a more comprehensive series of interviews with administrators and other school constituents. LHPS expects to make an appointment in early February, 2020. We will keep all applicants informed of their status throughout the process.
Background Screening: LHPS conducts background checks, including fingerprinting, and drug testing and may use a third-party administrator. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Lake Highland is a drug-free workplace.
Lake Highland Preparatory School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applicants from underrepresented groups to apply.