From the Head of School
Dear Friends of Forsyth,
My first year at Forsyth School was a wonderful time filled with myriad and vivid memories: watching Grade 2 play on Art Hill in Forest Park on their first St. Louis neighborhood tour; peering up at Grade 3 teetering on the high ropes course in the Rand Center; hearing reviews from Grades 5 and 6 as we walk back to campus from a dance performance at Washington University; and observing exuberant play and engaged academic work in equal measure in every grade. All of these experiences seem to encapsulate the Forsyth experience and our unique “culture of challenge.”
But far from becoming complacent, we instead continue to examine every facet of our academic curriculum and practice, so that we can continue to provide our students with the tools they need for success in an increasingly competitive world. Understanding other perspectives, cultivating empathy, and speaking thoughtfully about important and difficult issues are characteristics central to the future success of this generation, and values embedded within the Forsyth School Honor Code, which reads:
As a member of the Forsyth School community, I will always be honest, kind, respectful, responsible, fair, and practice good sportsmanship. I will do my part to make Forsyth a special place.
Welcome to the special place that is Forsyth School.
Dan Hildebrand, Head of School
About Dan Hildebrand, Head of School
Dan Hildebrand assumed the role of Head of School at Forsyth on June 2, 2018, after an extensive search conducted by the Head Search Committee consisting of Board members, parents, and teachers, and a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees.
Dan comes to Forsyth after serving as the Interim Head of School at Visitation Academy in St. Louis for more than two years. He has more than 30 years of experience as an educator, coach, and administrator.
Before moving to St. Louis, Dan served as the Head of School at Robinson School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. During his four years there, he increased enrollment, upgraded facilities with new technologies, expanded teaching programs, established scholarships, and implemented new professional development programs.
Prior to that, Dan was the Head of School for The Calverton School in Maryland for eight years. During his tenure there, he oversaw a multi-million-dollar capital campaign, tripled the enrollment of students of color, implemented the International Baccalaureate Program, and worked on the designs for a campus expansion.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Chicago, where he was a collegiate All-American and winner of the prestigious Amos Alonzo Stagg Medal for athletics, scholarship, and character. While there, he also received the Barnard Prize in American History, Department of History.