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. Click here to learn more about our mission, core values, and outcomes.

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  • Harriet Tubman Charter School Appoints Shastity Driscoll as Founding Head

    ShastityDriscollJune 2019 — Harriet Tubman School of Science and Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, has named Dr. Shastity Driscoll its first Head of School. Dr. Driscoll served most recently as the Lead Middle School Education Director at Epiphany Prep Charter School in San Diego. An Atlanta native and a Teach for America alumna, Dr. Driscoll previously worked as the Principal Director of the Navy Child and Youth Development Program and Director of the All Souls' Episcopal Church Children's Program in Okinawa, Japan. She holds a B.A. from Oral Roberts University, an M.S. from Arkansas State University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Southern California. Opening in August 2019, Harriet Tubman School of Science and Technology will use a data-driven model to create student academic success and build lifelong career skills in technology and computer science for educationally disadvantaged students. Initially serving > >
  • Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School Appoints Carrie Salvatore as Director of Admissions

    Carrie SalvatoreMay 2019 — Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School has named Carrie Salvatore as the next Director of Admissions. Currently Director of Admission at Cape Cod Academy in Osterville, MA, Carrie previously spent ten years as Director of Admission and Financial Aid at King Low Heywood Thomas School in Stamford, CT. Prior positions include Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Marketing and Communication at The Ethel Walker School and Associate Director of Admission at The Brunswick School. Carrie holds a BA in Psychology from Skidmore College and an MA in Teaching from Manhattanville College. Founded in 1764, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School (CGPS) is one of the nation’s oldest private schools and the largest independent school in Manhattan. CGPS offers a rigorous and comprehensive college preparatory education to nearly 1,300 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Suited to an academically diverse > >