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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  • The John Thomas Dye School Names New Head

    rose.helmJanuary 2017 – The Board of Trustees of The John Thomas Dye School (JTD) in Los Angeles has named Rose Helm as its next Head of School. Ms. Helm is the Middle School Division Head at Hamlin School in San Francisco, where she has worked since 2006. From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Helm was a fifth-grade teacher at JTD. Before coming to JTD, she was a teacher and coach at her alma mater, Harbor Day School (CA). Ms. Helm holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine. Founded in 1929 and situated in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, JTD serves 336 students in grades K–6.
  • The Agnes Irwin School Appoints Middle School Director

    cintra.hornsmallJanuary 2017 – Cintra Horn will join The Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, next July as its new Director of Middle School. Ms. Horn is the Head of Lower School at The Awty International School in Houston, Texas. Throughout her career, she has held a range of positions at both the Lower and Middle School levels, including teacher, Division Director, Deputy Head, and Interim Director of Admissions. Ms. Horn received both her Bachelor of Education in History and French and her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Education for School Leadership from the University of Manitoba. She received an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Toronto at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Founded in 1869, AIS is an independent day school in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. It serves 620 girls in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade, including nearly 200 students in the Middle School (grades 5-8).