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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While best known for our Head of School search work, we are a multifaceted consulting firm. With more than 25 years of service to independent schools, we are proud of our ongoing relationships with schools and school leaders, many of whom turn to us time and again for a variety of services.

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  • David Zimand Chosen to Lead Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School

    David-Zimand-websiteFebruary 2016 — Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto, California, concludes its search for a new Head of School with the selection of David Zimand. Mr. Zimand comes to Hausner from The Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capital where he is the Assistant Head of School, a position that was created for his unique set of leadership skills. At the same institution he previously served as Director of General Studies. Mr. Zimand's other Washington, D.C., posts have included the National Cathedral School for Girls and St. Alban's School for Public Service. Highly involved in the community life of the organizations he joins, Mr. Zimand has led curriculum reviews, served as a Board member, and sponsored student organizations in addition to his administrative duties. Mr. Zimand holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University. Founded in 1989, this community > >
  • Cathy Makropoulos Selected to Lead Montclare Children’s School

    cathy-makropoulos-websiteFebruary 2016 — The search for a new Program Director for Montclare Children's School in New York City comes to a close this month with the appointment of Cathy Makropoulos. Ms. Makropoulos returns to her native U.S. after a 23-year term at American Community School of Athens in Greece, where she most recently held the position of Elementary School Principal and Curriculum Coordinator. Experienced with the preschool and kindergarten age group, she also served as Early Childhood Coordinator and spent many years teaching Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten at ACS. As an administrator, Ms. Makropoulos worked diligently to develop an elementary school curriculum that balanced innovative academics with students' creativity and overall well-being. Over the years, she has also developed an international network of fellow educators, having served on accreditation teams in the United States and presented at an international school conference in Europe. She holds > >