When I began in my new position as Head of School at RPCS on July 1, 2016, I embarked on a journey that would take me through a full academic cycle, as well as the ever-turning seasons of the year. In addition to my time on campus learning and leading our school community, I have also enjoyed spending this year settling into the beautiful and historic Roland Park neighborhood with my family. I have particularly loved exploring my way through roads and trails on my morning runs. Throughout our year, Stephan (my husband), Sullivan (my son) and I have taken time to visit the Baltimore Museum of Art (we are new members!), the National Aquarium, The Maryland Zoo, Science Center, and Irvine Nature Center. It has been so much fun making Baltimore our new home.
On June 13, 2017, RPCS celebrated the Class of 2017 at our Commencement ceremony. RPCS Alumna Adena Testa Friedman, Class of 1987, President and CEO of Nasdaq, delivered a powerful Commencement address on finding success through pursuing one’s passion. Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, I loved getting to know the remarkable young women in the Class of 2017 who compassionately supported me in my first year as Head of School.
As we usher in a new senior class, I want to highlight an exciting opportunity that students in the Class of 2018 participated in this summer. This past year, we launched the RPCS Summer Internship Program which connects rising seniors with professional internships experiences in a wide range of career fields. The introduction of the RPCS Summer Internship Program is the first step in the articulation of future opportunities in leadership, design, innovation, and entrepreneurship for all of our students. This summer, our new program connected 25 students with internships in fields such as medicine, law, computer science, social work, finance—and many more interesting and enlightening areas for real world learning.
This program speaks to our vision for an RPCS education that connects classrooms to communities and equips our students with the future directed skills that enable their success here at RPCS—and beyond into their professional journeys. We were thrilled to see our students jump at the opportunity to be a part of this new program and look forward to hearing about their experiences when they return back to school this fall.
This fall we will pilot initiatives in leadership, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, design thinking, debate, and philanthropic literacy. Across all departments and divisions our innovative faculty members are embracing opportunities for students to engage with a rigorous curriculum that positions our students to pursue complex learning across authentic classroom and community learning.
Roland Park Country School’s Philosophy is grounded in the understanding that students “look within and beyond themselves to contribute to and serve as stewards and leaders of their communities.” This philosophy undergirds all our current and future planning for opportunities for our students. In my first year, I have quickly come to understand the many strengths that lie in our School’s strong sense of community, dynamic students, talented faculty, and interest in honoring tradition while innovating for the future. As RPCS evolves along with the ever changing needs of our students, I am excited for the opportunities for RPCS in the future.
I encourage you to come visit and learn more about what makes Roland Park Country School so special.
RPCS Head of School