Founded by former Princeton University Dean of Admission James Wickenden in 1986, Wickenden Associates ranks among the nation's premier independent school consulting firms. We serve schools large and small, coeducational and single-sex, boarding and day. Mirroring the broad universe of independent schools, our client list demonstrates our ability to tailor our services to the unique needs and values of each school we serve.

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  • Williamsburg Northside Appoints Next Head of School

    elie.dueFebruary 2017 – Williamsburg Northside Schools has announced the appointment of Elizabeth “Elie” Smith Déu as Head of School. Ms. Déu is a founding administrator and the current Dean of Students for grades 6-9 at Avenues: The World School in Manhattan. During more than 25 years in education, she has served as a teacher and senior administrator at institutions including Phillips Exeter Academy (NH), Milton Academy (MA), La Jolla Country Day School (CA), and Greenwich Academy (CT). She has taught Spanish and Humanities, served as a Head of Lower School, and led enrollment efforts as a Director of Admissions. Ms. Déu also has more than a decade of experience working in Europe, primarily at Collegi Internacional del Pirineu in Andorra and the American International School in Cyprus. Ms. Déu holds a B.A. in History and Spanish with a minor in Art History from > >
  • Miami Country Day Selects New Upper School Director

    February 2017 – Donald Ball has been appointed Upper School Director at Miami Country Day School in Florida. Mr. Ball is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN, where he also serves as a teacher, advisor, and dorm parent. He came to Baylor in 2014 from The Webb Schools (CA), where he taught, coached, and led the History Department. Earlier in his career, he taught at Germantown Academy (PA) and Manlius Pebble High School (NY). Mr. Ball is a graduate of Princeton University. He earned an M.A.L.S. in Political Science and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and an E.M.B.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Entrepreneurship from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. Founded in 1938, Miami Country Day School is an independent coeducational day school of approximately 1,250 students, age 3 through grade 12. The Upper School enrolls more than 450 students.