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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  • Sandy Wang To Lead PDS Lower School

    sandy wangMarch 2019 — Princeton Day School (PDS) in Princeton, New Jersey, has announced that Sandra Wang will begin serving as Head of Lower School in July 2019. In 2012, Sandy was appointed Assistant Principal of the Lower School at Trinity School in New York City, and is currently serving as the division's interim leader. Prior to her time at Trinity, Sandy was Assistant Director of the Lower School at Trevor Day School, and she began her career as a lower school teacher and middle school math coordinator at The Dalton School. Sandy holds a B.A. from Barnard College, an M.A. from New York University, and an Ed.M. and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. Among the premier independent schools in the Mid-Atlantic, PDS educates 950 students from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. The institution was established in 1965 through the merger of > >
  • Launa Schweizer Appointed Head of Middle School at Hewitt

    launa-hewittMarch 2019 — This summer, Launa Schweizer will take the reins of the Middle School at The Hewitt School in New York City. Launa is currently the Assistant Head of Middle School at Brooklyn Montessori School, where she also teaches English and humanities. She previously served as Head of Lower School at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn. Launa studied English as an undergraduate at Amherst College and earned a master's degree in American Culture from the University of Michigan. Located on New York's Upper East Side, Hewitt is an independent girls' day school that enrolls 523 students in grades K-12. The school's program is intentionally structured around four pillars - presence, empathy, research, and purpose - and it strives to empower each girl to achieve her best.