OPPORTUNITY PROFILE | PARK STREET SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Dear Prospective Principal Candidate,
Thank you for your interest in Park Street School and the position of Elementary School Principal! It is with
much excitement and anticipation that we look forward to seeing how God will continue to build our program
with the skills, talent and heart of our next Elementary School Principal. As we are sure you have committed
your next position to God, know that we are also praying for and trusting Him to bring someone who will be
the right fit for our school and community.
We know that preparing students for the future extends beyond providing them with knowledge and skills.
At Park Street School (PSS), we develop the whole child. Since our founding 20 years ago, we have had one
overarching mission: to equip each child with a love of learning, a passion for truth, a heart for others, and an
understanding of God’s love. Our students are valued as unique and created by God, a belief that guarantees
each is cared for with love and respect.
Located in Beacon Hill in downtown Boston, almost 75 percent of our students live within 1.5 miles of the
school. In the warm and stimulating environment of our neighborhood school, our remarkable students, faculty
and families work together to create a vibrant community where our students thrive. Our families come
from a variety of religious, racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds. Park Street School was founded and
established by Christians seeking to provide an excellent education. Our faith in Jesus Christ is our cornerstone.
From this foundation, we seek to provide an environment of respect, balance, and fairness regarding
faith and its questions. We believe that it is within this nurturing environment that learning takes hold. With
a content-rich curriculum, knowledge is deepened, connections are made across disciplines, skills are developed,
and curiosity is sparked!
We are blessed to have passionate and engaging teachers who inspire students to explore new possibilities,
solve problems creatively, think critically, communicate their thoughts, collaborate with others, and see beyond
As founding head, it has been a privilege to work alongside so many talented and dedicated individuals committed
to seeing Park Street School flourish and become a school that provides a quality education. Watching
the school grow over the years and particularly observing our students’ transformation into young men and
woman who are poised, confident, and prepared for the future, has been a joyous experience. We invite you
to read through our Opportunity Profile and to further explore our website https://www.parkstreetschool.org
to learn more about what makes Park Street School unique. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity,
please reference the Process of Candidacy page at the end of this document to begin the application process.
If you have any questions, please contact Laura Coverstone or Ed Poff at 615-261-4623, the JobfitMatters
Consultants who are assisting Park Street School in our search for an elementary school principal.
Located in Boston and serving over 300 Preschool through 6th grade students, Park
Street School is grounded in a content-rich curriculum that lays a foundation of
knowledge, built upon and expanded in each grade. Children engage in hands-on
activities, learn to think creatively and solve problems methodically. Their growth as
unique individuals – academically, spiritually, emotionally and physically – is fostered
with intention in a nurturing environment. They develop a strong sense of
self and place, learning to invest in their communities and the world around them.
Embarking on the search for its next Principal, Park Street School seeks a leader who
will join an exceptionally strong team and make it even better. Emphasizing high
academic standards, innovative learning and character development, this Principal
will equip Park Street School faculty to fully prepare students to flourish in competitive
secondary schools. The PSS leadership will cultivate a school known for its
caring environment as staff members are recruited not only for their professional
credentials, but also for their transparent love for children with whom they will be
entrusted. This Principal will also value parental involvement, understanding the
importance of working in conjunction with families to help children excel. The right
candidate for this role will also appreciate collaborating with an experienced Head
of School and be passionate about working as a team.
For more information on Park Street School, visit www.parkstreetschool.org
The History of Park Street School
The formation of Park Street Kids, Inc. (now Park Street School, Inc.) was the culmination of
more than two years of planning to create a new preschool alternative for families in Boston.
After months of research in the community, it was not difficult to discern the need for a new
program in the neighborhood: long waiting lists at nearby programs provided convincing
evidence that the demand for high quality preschools far exceeded the supply.
A collaborative effort led by a group of mothers at Park Street Church, Park Street School, Inc.
became a ministry affiliated with Park Street Church (PSC). In the fall of 1999, Park Street
School, Inc. was officially incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the moral,
spiritual, and educational development of preschool age children. Thanks to the generous
financial support of Park Street Church and a private donor, the Park Street Kids building was
renovated both to comply with state regulations and to create a safe and innovative learning
environment for children. A wonderful staff was hired, and an incredibly motivated and talented
board of trustees was assembled.
As a result of the success of Park Street Kids during its first three years of operation and a recognition
of the need expressed by community leaders and families, a decision was made in
the fall of 2002 to expand, offering an elementary school to the community. In September
of 2005, the elementary school moved to its own newly renovated building at 67 Brimmer
Street. Park Street School, Inc. now offered a continuous academic excellence with a content-rich
curriculum and exposure to the arts, science, technology and literature for toddlers
through sixth grade. In the fall of 2011, Park Street School opened an additional campus just
down the street on Brimmer at the Church of the Advent, to provide a bright, airy space for
its Kindergarten class. The board of trustees, governing both Park Street Kids and Park Street
School, has labored for more than 20 years in order to fulfill its vision for quality education
in downtown Boston. The board has encompassed a rotating group of dedicated men and
women who offer their expertise, time and wisdom to the school. In 2016-2017, a survey
was conducted with a variety of constituents, including current families. With much positive
and fruitful feedback, several initiatives were set forth, one of which was the rebranding of
the school, particularly bringing more clarity to its name. While the school remains the same
in structure and character, in the spring of 2018, the board of trustees voted to simplify the
school’s name from Park Street School/Park Street Kids to Park Street School.
MISSION & VALUES
Strategically located in historic Beacon Hill, Park Street School is a neighborhood school that
seeks to unite children of diverse racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds from Greater Boston
in a nurturing school of the highest academic standards. Through an engaging, content-rich
curriculum, we strive to empower and equip each child with a love of learning, a passion for
truth, a heart for others, and an understanding of God’s love and grace for us in Jesus Christ.
At our core, we believe each child is a unique person created by God. It’s our privilege to
work alongside parents to build a fundamental framework for their children. Our community
is a place where children are loved – and know they are loved. In this caring environment,
our children encounter a wealth of experiences and acquire knowledge that will help them
reach the potential of who God has made them to be. At Park Street School, we are committed
to providing a high-quality education with values – as expressed in our school’s crest – of
“character, truth and excellence.”
PSS Statement of Faith
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ,
His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered
under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third
day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God
the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in
the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the
resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
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MIDDLE SCHOOL PLACEMENT
100 percent of PSS graduates
are awarded placement in
top middle schools in Greater
Boston. From 2015-2018,
100 percent of our students were accepted to
Boston Exam schools; 80 percent were accepted
at Boston Latin School.
OF PSS POPULATION ARE
STUDENTS OF COLOR
OF FAMILIES LIVES WITHIN
1.5 MILES OF THE SCHOOL
FOR MORE TUITION INFORMATION, SEE
PARK STREET SCHOOL TUITION.
Around 23% of PSS students received financial aid for the
2019-2020 school year. The average award was
$24,070 (tuition range which could include
after school programs were up to $34,000).
DIFFERENT AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS
Over the past four years, three
Park Street School graduates
have been accepted to Harvard
and two to MIT. Others were
accepted by schools with
acceptance rates below 25 percent including
Amherst College, Bowdoin College, Colby
College, Columbia University, Middlebury
College, Tufts University, University of
Southern California, and Williams.
The preschool is licensed by the EEC. The
elementary school has been approved by the
Boston School Committee.
Memberships: AISNE, NAIS
One Park Street, Boston, MA
Located within Park Street Church, which is featured on
Bright, Sunny Classrooms
In spacious, sunny classrooms with floor to ceiling windows,
our curious Toddlers to Pre-Kindergarten learners interact
with valuable information. Students receive a strong
foundation of knowledge through purposeful play, games,
STEM activities, song, stories and interactions.
When not playing outside, students utilize our 1,945
Boston’s Top Green Spaces are
Children regularly benefit from fresh air while participating
in engaging activities at the Esplanade Playspace, Boston
Garden, and Boston Common.
67 Brimmer Street, Boston, MA
Located one block behind “Cheers,” the inspiration for
the TV series.
Designed for Today’s Learners
Spacious, bright classrooms offer personal space for
individual and collaborative group work. All are wired
for today’s technology—iPads, projection, teaching, and
Skype, which brings the world to Park Street School. PSS
also features a Science Lab, a colorful art room, and an
State-of-the-art Gym Primed for Athletics
PSS has a spacious gym, a rarity for Boston schools,
where children play and compete in athletics. It features
a 40-foot climbing wall, basketball hoops, electronic
scoreboard, and new sound system.
Boston’s most famous green spaces
PSS students play ball games, including football and soccer,
in the Boston Common; climb, run, jump, and strengthen
at the Esplanade Playspace; and explore, have class,
walk, paint on canvas, and read after recess in the Boston
Kindergarten at the Advent
Beginning and ending the day at the elementary campus,
Kindergarten students walk to the Church of the Advent
to enjoy activities in their own spacious floor. Filled with
natural light from large windows, the airy space fosters
a unique Kindergarten community, one where students
grow together and gradually transition into the larger
The Principal reports to the Head of School of Park Street School and is responsible for day-to-day
management of the K-6 faculty in collaboration with the Assistant Principal. This person is a key
spiritual and academic leader of the school, shaping and nurturing the faculty, students, parents,
and the school community. Currently, the Principal oversees the Assistant Principal, K-6 Faculty,
The Principal’s responsibilities include the following:
• Actively support the mission, vision and promotion of Park Street School to the internal and
• Promote a positive and supportive climate that fosters academic success for all students
• Direct and coordinate the efforts of teachers and specialists to support the intellectual, physical,
social and emotional needs affecting students’ success
• Oversee and assure the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive
integrated curriculum and the implementation of student assessment
• Work with staff to plan, coordinate, and support special events and parent meetings
• Develop positive collaborative relationships between families, staff, school, and community
• Oversee faculty, including recruitment, selection, evaluation, supervision, retention, and
• Support and monitor the professional growth of teaching staff including professional development,
staff observations, and staff communication
• Manage scheduling and program decisions
• Cultivate consistency among staff in enforcing the school-wide objectives and policies
• Help oversee school-wide strategic planning and problem solving
• Keep the Head of School informed regarding student, parent and/or staff issues
• Perform other duties as assigned by and in support of the Head of School
• Stay current in educational practices and actively pursue new initiatives and integrate those into
• Communicate regularly to parents regarding curriculum, events and student enhancement
• Some night and weekend work required
• Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree is preferred
• At least 5 years of teaching; and 4 years of a supervisory position is required
• Reflective practitioner who demonstrates continued growth professionally
• Dynamic Instructional leadership with knowledge of how to effectively develop, implement
and integrate curriculum
• Experience using data and research to drive decision making
• Commitment to 21st century learning skills for all students
• Knowledge and application of instructional technology
• Collaborative leadership style – committed to developing and supporting a collaborative
• Clearly and effectively communicates verbally and in writing
• Strong interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues, and community members
• Strong organizational and management skills
• Strategic thinker with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
• Belief and alignment with the Park Street School’s mission – a commitment to Christian
education and academic excellence - must be able to sign the school’s Statement of Faith
• Successful leadership in an educational institution is judged by how well its Principal meets
the expectations of the Head of School, meets the needs of its students, and collaboratively
leads and supports faculty, administration, parents, and other constituent groups. Some
short term (3-5 year goals) for the Principal include the following:
• Establish and Implement Curriculum Review System Cycle
• Oversee the integration of robotics and programming into the Technology Curriculum
• Fully implement the Educator Evaluation Process
• Integration of Universal Design for Learning throughout all subject and grade levels
• Stay abreast of latest proven educational developments and bring those best practices to
• Assist in evaluating the use of space at the PSS facilities to best support the academic
• Develop ongoing partnership and relationships with local organizations (MIT, Emerson
College) to complement to curricular and co-curricular programs (e.g. experts supporting
teacher or speaking in classes, drama experts leading plays, etc.)
Where is the Ideal Candidate Today?
The ideal candidate may come from a high-performing Christian, public, or independent
elementary school, and the right leader may approximate one of these descriptions. This list is not
meant to be exhaustive, but rather to encourage potential candidates to understand the breadth
of experiences that may fit well in this position:
• A successful Christian school leader who has been an administrator of an elementary school
of at least 200 students.
• A successful secular private or public-school administrator who has a strong and active personal
walk and faith journey with Christ, believes strongly in Christian education, has a solid
education background at the elementary level.
• A successful Christian, public, or independent school leader who has been an assistant Head
or an administrator for at least 4 years with significant K-6 teaching experience.
Boston is the largest city in New England and ranks among the top cities globally as an economic
hub. At the heart of Boston’s character is a legacy built on innovation and creativity centered on
neighboring Cambridge. Anchored by MIT and Harvard and peppered with a total of seven Top
50 schools, world renowned research institutes and teaching hospitals, the metro Boston area is a
true knowledge economy. Driven by the education, healthcare, life science, finance, and high-tech
business sectors, Greater Boston has evolved into a diverse and stable economy earning an enviable
global reputation. The Boston metro area continues to attract top talent, businesses and
investors who choose Boston as their place to live, work, invest, and play.
Greater Boston is home to more than 50 higher education establishments that generate thousands
of graduates every year. Roughly 50% of these graduates stay in the Greater Boston area,
bolstering the city’s highly educated workforce. This intellectual infrastructure is a stabilizing economic
force and will invariably continue to propel economic activity and attract new businesses,
students, and families to Boston.
The highly educated workforce and innovative environment were specific factors cited recently
by General Electric for why it chose to relocate its global headquarters to Boston in 2016. “Massachusetts
spends more on research & development than any other region in the world, and Boston
attracts a diverse, technologically fluent workforce focused on solving challenges for the world. We
are excited to bring our headquarters to this dynamic and creative city.”
Boston is known as an avid sports town with the Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and Red Sox bringing people
out in droves to celebrate the Great American pastimes - and multiple championships over the last
decade. With easy access to beaches, lakes, and mountains, as well as a world-renowned cultural
center for the arts, the Boston area offers unlimited activities, entertainment, and history.
If, after reading this Opportunity Profile, you sense that the gifts and experience
God has given you are an initially good match for Park Street School, we invite
you to begin the inquiry process. We handle all candidate information and
conversations confidentially. You may contact Laura Coverstone at any stage of the
process for more information and to ask questions (see contact information below).
PLEASE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING FOR REVIEW:
• A current resume
• Responses to the following essay questions:
1. Please describe your personal faith and how you incorporate that into
your professional career.
2. Using what you have learned about Park Street School from the PSS
website, this Opportunity Profile, and any other research you have
conducted, describe how your life and career have prepared you to lead
and serve at PSS.
• Provide the names and contact information (telephone numbers and email
addresses) for four references who know you and your career well enough to
comment on your suitability for the Principal position at Park Street School.
(References will only be contacted after we have requested and received
your permission to do so.)
Submit this information in one document or .pdf to:
In the subject line of the email, please write “Principal-Park Street School”