From the Head of School
Greetings and welcome to the 2020-21 school year!
In an ordinary year, you would find me at our front entrance at the start of the school day, greeting each student with a handshake and a "Good morning!" And while this year we are unable to gather and connect in many of the ways to which we are accustomed, the Town School community remains strong through our shared mission and school values of respect, curiosity, belonging, integrity and joy. Whether you are new to our school or already a member of the community, I extend a warm virtual welcome.
Over the past several school years, I have had the pleasure of working with the Board of Trustees, parents, faculty, administration and alumni to develop Town's Strategic Plan 2020-25. I am proud that the planning process mirrored the inclusivity and collaborative spirit that make this community so extraordinary, with the majority of parents and faculty contributing through surveys, focus groups and community brainstorming. Our strategic plan centers around five key pillars, which you can read much more about across our website: Designing Learning Experiences for Tomorrow, Raising Boys of Character and Impact, Cementing a Community of Belonging, Investing in our Faculty and Staff, and Bringing our Best in Athletics and Wellness. As we move forward with bold aspirations, our founding objective endures: to celebrate boyhood and instill boys with a lifelong love of learning.
There are as many ways to be a boy as there are students at Town. Our outstanding teachers design curricular experiences that promote critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. We are intentional about providing opportunities for boys to explore their own identities, build self-awareness, develop empathy, moral courage and care for others – and in the process, they co-create new definitions of boyhood. Town is a place where every boy can flourish and share a strong sense of belonging, and we seek to graduate boys whose personal ambitions are equaled by care and respect for others and the community.
As a boys’ school, Town is uniquely positioned to direct both its academic curriculum and social-emotional learning program to each stage of development in K-8 boys, to help students understand themselves and to recognize perspectives and experiences that may be beyond their own. This begins in kindergarten through rich identity exploration, and as students advance through the grades, they learn about historical narratives of character, conflict, privilege and power through a thoughtfully integrated curricular scope and sequence.
At Town, we believe that boys become the best versions of themselves when they can connect across difference, cultivate humility, and engage fully within their communities. Through academics, service learning, outdoor education, arts programming, and athletics, Town boys develop these crucial skills. Our strong emphasis on relationships extends to a close-knit faculty and highly dedicated parent community. We are a school that puts people at its center, is committed to the work of building an inclusive community, and appreciates the powerful learning and fun we can have together in the process.
It is a pleasure to lead Town School and to spend time daily with students, parents and faculty in a community that pulses with our school values. Through the pages on this website, I invite you to explore Town’s educational philosophies, programs and curricula. If you are considering Town School for your son, I encourage you to take our virtual tour and reach out to our Admissions team to learn more about what makes Town special, and I hope to have the opportunity to meet you soon.
Lorri Hamilton Durbin
Head of School