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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The Latest:

  • New Search – Brandeis Hillel Day School

    brandeis-hillel-day-schoolApril 2014 — Wickenden Associates will assist Brandeis Hillel Day School in the school's upcoming executive search. Founded in 1963, the coed, K-8 Jewish day school has maintained campuses in San Francisco and Marin. The Board of Trustees has voted to transition from a single school operating two campuses to two distinct independent schools effective at the start of the 2015-16 academic year. Linda Knights and Jo Butler will be leading the search for the next Head of the San Francisco school. Brandeis Hillel provides a rich academic program in general and Judaic studies to nearly 400 students. Interested candidates may request the Opportunity Statement by emailing us at; we will send it as soon as it is available.
  • Head of School Search – Saint John’s School (Puerto Rico)

    st-johns-prMarch 2014 — Saint John's School in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be working with Wickenden Associates in its search for the next Head of School. Founded in 1915, Saint John's is one of the premier independent college preparatory schools in Puerto Rico. The nonsectarian, coeducational day school offers a rigorous English-language curriculum to a diverse, PK-12 student body. Jim Wickenden and Zachary White will be working closely with Saint John's on this search. Email us if you would like to receive more information about the position.