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.

Each and every Wickenden Associates client benefits from the wisdom, experience, and energy of our talented team of consultants.

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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  • Charlotte Country Day Taps Adele Paynter for Head of Lower School

    adele-paynter-webDecember 2014 — Charlotte Country Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina, has invited Adele Paynter to step in as the next Head of Lower School. Ms. Paynter comes to Country Day from the Sheridan School, a K-8 independent school in Washington, D.C. Equally at home in the classroom as well as in administration, Ms. Paynter has taught during every year of her career at Sheridan. Over the last fourteen years, she acquired increasing administrative responsibility, including most recently a tenure as Acting Head to guide the school through some abrupt leadership changes. She has successfully worked to develop and update curricula, increase diversity, and maintain the delicate balance of teacher autonomy and meeting the school's goals. Ms. Paynter holds degrees from Lesley University and Georgetown University. Founded in 1941, Charlotte Country Day School is the largest independent coeducational college preparatory school in the Charlotte > >
  • Menlo School Launches Middle School Director Search

    menlo-logoDecember 2014 — Menlo School in Atherton, CA, has begun a search for Middle School Director for July 2015. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley and just a few miles from Stanford University, Menlo is an independent day school serving nearly 800 students in grades 6-12, including 219 in the Middle School. The school strives to engage and challenge students while encouraging a joyful approach to learning.  Jim Wickenden is the lead consultant, and we expect to have an Opportunity Statement available in the next few weeks. If you wish to receive it as soon as it's available, please send us an email.