Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart was founded by the Sinsinawa Dominican sisters in 1927, situated on a 55-acre campus along the shore of Lake Wingra om the west side of Madison. The picturesque campus is shared with Edgewood Campus School, a Pre-K through 8th grade Catholic School, and Edgewood College, a private Catholic college, all founded in the Sinsinawa Dominican tradition. The three schools work collaboratively and share several facilities with one another, such as science labs, fields, and performing arts spaces, yet the three institutions are governed completely separately.
The school currently serves approximately 500 students in grades 9 through 12, drawing from more than 40 middle schools throughout the Madison metropolitan area, communities up to 50 miles distant, and many students from overseas. The Edgewood High School community is vibrant and loyal, a place where “Edgewood for Life” means a strong, dedicated alumni network of countless professionals, public servants and leaders who enhance the communities in which they live, as much as it addresses the mission of preparing students for a life in which they will continue to live the Dominican values of truth, compassion, justice, community, and partnership.
Spirituality is an important part of the Edgewood students’ journey. This personal spiritual growth is fostered through a culture of prayer and service. Edgewood offers a broad range of religious studies courses and understands the importance of ministry programs and retreats that allow the school community to engage in non-academic, faith-based experiences. An onsite chapel provides a peaceful place for small groups to gather in worship. Enrollment is open to students regardless of educational or religious background; 58% of Edgewood students are Catholic. One of Edgewood High School’s graduation requirements is one hundred hours of service, performed both in and outside of the Edgewood community.
Thirty-seven percent of students currently receive $640,000 in financial assistance, with a goal to increase this through a larger endowment. Edgewood’s rigorous academic curriculum prepares students for success beyond their high school years. Over the past five years, nearly 100% of Edgewood’s students took the ACT exam, consistently scoring well over the national and state averages. Over 97% of EHS graduates go on to further education, with acceptances at 85 of the top U.S. colleges and universities (US New & World Report Ranking).
The faculty and staff are passionate about their work and the students, and embody “Edgewood for Life”; many teachers have taught multiple generations of students in one family, or are, themselves, school alumni. A commitment to the continuing development of Edgewood High School’s curriculum is very apparent in the faculty culture, guided by peer support of Department Chairs and an Academic Advisory Committee. A strong curriculum of core and AP and Honors-level academics, arts-based courses and extra-curricular opportunities, as well as top ranking athletics, and a teacher to student ratio of 1:10 are main reasons families choose Edgewood High School. Edgewood athletic teams have over 25 state championships and runner-up finishes in the last decade. The school's student literary magazine, musical productions, remote environmental science field course and Latin oratory are all award-winning programs. In a community where there are few private high schools and many large public schools, the Edgewood student has the unique opportunity to actively participate in all that is offered, providing a well-rounded high school experience. Ninety-five percent of students participate in co-curriculars.
Edgewood was the first school in Madison recognized as a "School of Excellence" by the U.S. Department of Education, is a member of the National Catholic Education Association, and has been fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1936 and by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States since 2008.
To meet future needs, Edgewood High School is in the midst of an exciting capital campaign to update the building. This will include a large state-of-the-art performing arts center, new classrooms, and structural upgrades.
Edgewood High School Mission:
Edgewood, a Catholic high school, educates the whole student for a life of learning, service and personal responsibility through a rigorous academic curriculum that embraces the Sinsinawa Dominican values of Truth, Compassion, Justice, Partnership and Community.
Edgewood High School Vision:
To provide an exceptional high school experience in an inclusive Dominican Catholic community where every student is inspired to study, reflect and take action in pursuit of a purposeful life.
Edgewood High School Values:
Edgewood High School’s values are based on the core values of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa:
TRUTH: To be courageous and attentive in the search for understanding based in Gospel values
COMPASSION: To act with mercy while allowing one’s heart to be touched by the needs of others
JUSTICE: To recognize, respect and work to assure the rights of all people
COMMUNITY: To be called to action, recognizing that we are part of something larger than ourselves
PARTNERSHIP: To nurture relationships by engaging in work with others toward common goals
The Principal of Edgewood High School will embody a balance of respect for the 100+ year traditions and history of the school in the Madison community with a passion and energy to move Edgewood forward, continuing to enhance the academic model to attract and retain a diverse community of families, and serve the changing needs of the student population. In partnership with the President, the Principal will be a positive representative of the school and its faculty, staff and students, embodying the Sinsinawa Dominican values, and be an active participant in the Edgewood community both in and out of the school day. This person will have proven experience in both teaching and educational administration, understanding best practices in curriculum development, faculty and staff development, and current trends in secondary and higher education. Edgewood’s Principal will possess the interpersonal and listening skills to encourage a positive environment incorporating open communication, humor, collaboration, and support, among faculty, staff, students, and parents. The Principal will report to the President, and manage approximately 60 faculty and staff. She or he will have a Catholic background, with an understanding of the Catholic and Dominican traditions at the core of Edgewood High School’s culture and the ability to mentor the Sinsinawa Dominican values by example.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead the institutional vision and development of a curricular strategic plan for Edgewood High School in keeping with the Sinsinawa Dominican values of the school community; collaborate effectively with the Academic Advisory Committee and department chairpersons to develop, articulate, and drive an innovative, creative, and rigorous curriculum which will continue to serve the students well beyond their years at Edgewood
Work closely with the President to promote and live an organizational culture that fosters passion for the mission, collaboration, open and frequent communication, teamwork, a spirit of fun, and a common vision throughout the entire school community, maintaining distinct roles and supporting one another in their various duties
Nurture and sustain an environment of collaboration, trust, and respect to bring together board, faculty & staff, parents, and the larger community to support a strong balance between academics, athletics, arts and religious/spiritual learning which is the hallmark of the Edgewood High School educational experience
Model Dominican values in relationships, participation in prayer, and other religious experiences and service to others
Lead and mentor the continued professional development of faculty. Work in partnership with department chairs to create best practices and achieve excellence, which includes: reviewing course proposals and creating the curriculum guide, attending department chair meetings, serving as a resource, collaborating with and supporting departments in their initiatives and goals, creating a master schedule that meets student and budgetary needs, supporting department chairs with informal observations of faculty, updating the faculty evaluation and review process, ensuring faculty professionalism and accountability
Champion the current curriculum initiatives incorporating advanced technology and one to one learning, in addition to driving a continuous effort to seek best practices in secondary education
Serve as the primary spokesperson and conflict resolution resource for academic affairs
Work with the Human Resource Manager to hire quality personnel for academics, student activities and student support services, as recommended by the appropriate department chairs and service directors; coordinate the Title II funds and Great Teacher Funds
Manage the general office staff, technology personnel, service directorates, and Assistant Principal and inspire teamwork and thoughtful collaboration
Responsible for a culture of continuous improvement of people, processes, and technology to accommodate growing the student body
Collaborate with and support the Board of Trustees by attending meetings and communicating on behalf of faculty and staff
In collaboration with the President, coordinate and facilitate the ISACS accreditation process
Work evenings and weekends, as required by the position
Experience, Attributes, and Education:
Understanding of and sincere passion for the Edgewood High School mission and the Sinsinawa Dominican values, and the ability to communicate and inspire a vision that embraces the school’s mission and values with enthusiasm and a strong yet humble character
Expertise in curriculum planning and development, with an understanding of current trends in secondary education, exposure to various successful models and the ability to implement a curriculum that includes many of these concepts, including creative scheduling, out-of-class learning, STEAM, and innovative community educational partnerships to support student learning and progress
A Catholic background with the belief in the importance up upholding Catholic traditions and supporting a spiritual environment reflective of the Sinsinawa Dominican teachings, while remaining ecumenical and open to the diversity of religious thought
Highly inclusive, having complete regard for the progress and personal development of every student and the cultural competence to recognize and welcome cultural differences
Understands and responds effectively to political, social, economic, and cultural issues that affect the school community
Acts with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical and honest manner; professional, with a good sense of humor
Proven superior problem-solving skills, with the ability to make challenging decisions, and the ability to implement and communicate effective solutions
Relatively recent teaching experience in a secondary school environment
Excellent oral and written communication with pro-active transparency and a comfort level with public speaking
Consistent visibility and accessibility to students, faculty and staff of Edgewood High School
Ability to support department chairs in developing and maintaining curriculum and instructional programs to meet the needs of the students
Willingness to listen to the faculty/staff and parents, prioritize goals, say no when necessary, and implement change effectively when appropriate
Proven leadership and management skills, with the superior interpersonal skills to influence, inspire, and engage faculty, staff, parents and students
Demonstrated ability to foster a healthy organizational culture by creating an environment characterized by high levels of engagement and high performance developed through teamwork and collaboration
Interest in being a member of the Edgewood community, in and out of school
Preferably have completed a Master’s in Education Administration
For more details on the opportunity please view our online Opportunity Profile: http://tinyurl.com/principalOP