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Christian Heritage School

Head of School


Trumbull, Connecticut

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Snapshot

School Attendance: 400+

Location: Trumbull, Connecticut

The Role: The new Head of School will be a strong manager and spiritual shepherd  who loves Christian education and demonstrates servant leadership.

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Meet Christian Heritage School:

Christian Heritage School is a thriving academically and spiritually rigorous Christian day school located in Southern Connecticut. With over 400 students, it is one of the largest K-12 Christian schools in the Northeast, and draws students from numerous towns across the state. It has a diverse student body that comes together to grow in knowledge, faith, and character within a loving, grace-filled environment.

Christian Heritage School was founded over 40 years ago and continues to live with a mission to assist parents in fulfilling their God-given responsibility to teach their children that, “In [Christ] are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3)”  and to provide its students with an education of spiritual and academic excellence with which to serve God.

Teachers and staff love Christian Heritage School because the community is full of love for God and for one another. There is a tangible joy in the students and staff alike. Many teachers come back as volunteers after they retire, just to be around the strong community. There is a thriving Parent Teacher League and broader group of parents who look to celebrate and encourage faculty and staff.

Here are a few quotes from a recent parent survey that highlight what draws parents to CHS:

  • “We chose CHS because we wanted a strong integration of faith and learning, an excellent academic program and a school where our children could thrive.”

  • “For us, there’s no compromise when it comes to an education taught from a biblical worldview.”

  • “The academics and staff are excellent while keeping with the priority of a clear, unwavering Christian foundation. The faculty and teachers have such a clear and deep care for the children, rooted in their love for Christ while keeping with excellence in the education they provide. There can be no better combination.”

  • “Our favorite thing about CHS is the attention given to our child and the care given to her specific needs by God-fearing staff.”

  • “There is no better private school, in my opinion. The care and attention to the children is always apparent and the academics and athletics are competitive and robust.”

  • “The teachers are treasures.”


CHS at a Glance:
  • Private K-12 interdenominational Christian college preparatory school.

  • First class started in 1977; first graduates were the Class of 1984.

  • 410 full-time students in 2019-2020 academic year, with additional students through home school partnership program.

  • Diverse student body representing 41 different towns and approximately 90 churches.

  • Over 60% of the faculty hold a masters degree in their field.

  • Focus on Spirituality:

    • Weekly age-appropriate chapels for all students.

    • Scripture memorization beginning in Kindergarten.

    • Summer mission trips to locations including India, Uganda, Guatemala, Philadelphia, and Houston.

    • Annual Spiritual Emphasis Week

  • Distinction in Academics:

    • Student to faculty ratio of 10:1.

    • Global view toward education, with multiple international learning opportunities for CHS students, and program for international students, primarily from China, to complete high school at CHS.

    • Advanced high school coursework including several AP courses and a partnership for students to take college-level courses through UConn, Syracuse, and Seton Hall.

    • Annual science fair that sends top students to statewide Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair.

  • Emphasis on Athletics:

    • A full time Athletic Director on Senior Leadership Team.

    • Athletic programs beginning in 1st grade with after-school FUNtastic Sports such as basketball, tennis, and soccer, led by upper school coaches.

    • Five middle school interscholastic and intramural sports teams.

    • Twelve high school varsity sports, competing against some of the top private schools in New England.

    • 75% of Upper School students participate on at least one athletic team.

    • Long history of league and conference titles in several sports. 

    • CHS athletes selected to many All-Tournament, All-League, All-State, All-New England and All-American teams, and recruited by some of the best Division I, II, III and NAIA colleges and universities in the country. 

  • Excellence in Fine Arts:

    • Art classes designed to emphasize creativity, historical knowledge, critique ability, and technical skills in various art media.

    • Middle School Concert Band, High School Symphonic Band and High School Jazz Band that enable students to develop musical intellect, skill, and expression.

    • A large choir open to general participation and a smaller audition-only chamber choir, performing in concert both on and off campus.

    • A Theater Arts Department that educates and empowers students to develop artistically, personally and socially as they prepare and present theatrical performances, including the annual spring musical which draws hundreds to CHS.

  • Devotion to Community:

    • A commitment to community service with students providing service to organizations and families in need.

    • Annual Veterans Day assembly honoring veterans from the community

    • Numerous all-school family social events, including school dedication night, fall festival, talent show, fall and spring drive-in movie nights, and ice cream socials.

    • An unusually caring, committed and welcoming community of parents who embrace the mission of the school.

  • A wide range of extracurricular student clubs including Model Congress, Cooking Club, Competitive Math Team, and others, along with several student community service groups.

  • “Winterim” session with over 50 enrichment classes spanning skills including debate, acapella music, karate, improvisation and leadership.

  • Fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges since 1985.

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About the Head of School:

Christian Heritage is currently seeking a new Head of School beginning in July 2020. The new Head of School will be a strong manager and spiritual shepherd who loves Christian education and demonstrates servant leadership. The Head of School is charged with carrying out all aspects of the school’s stated mission, purposes, educational objectives and policies, and to guard its Statement of Faith without compromise. As the chief executive and operating officer, the Head of School is appointed by, and ultimately responsible to, the Board of Trustees--providing executive oversight for all academic, financial, facilities, development, and personnel matters of Christian Heritage School. Working in collaboration with the Board of Trustees, the Head of School will set the vision and develop the strategy for the School in the interest of achieving its mission. The Head of School will faithfully promote the school's distinctly Christian approach to education, shepherding the faculty and staff as they promote the educational and spiritual mission of the school.

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What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

Master’s degree is required.

Five to seven (5-7) years of education experience is required. Preference will be given to candidates who have had previous classroom experience, as well as experience in the Christian education environment.

Preference will be given to candidates with previous Head of School experience.

Personal Characteristics

  • Demonstrate a strong relationship with Jesus Christ and a faithful Christian walk.

  • Articulate with excitement the value of Christian education.

  • Be passionate about the CHS core mission: to assist parents in fulfilling their God-given responsibilities to teach their children that, “In [Christ] are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3) and to provide its students with an education of spiritual and academic excellence with which to serve God.

  • Be a bold and courageous spiritual leader.

  • Be highly relational and approachable.

  • Demonstrate the ability to develop growth strategies and the ability to execute the tactical plans to achieve the strategic initiatives. 

  • Be a strong and dynamic communicator.

  • Show humility and trustworthiness  as a servant-leader.

  • Be a regular presence on campus with joy and grace.

  • Champion the endeavors of students, faculty, and staff.

  • Be eagerly involved in the student life of K-12 students, such as participating in classroom activities, mission trips, athletics, theatre, or other student activities.

  • Exhibit financial prudence.

  • Be eager to build support for the school with strategic partners.

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Welcome to life in Trumbull, CT: 

Trumbull is a community of over 36,000 residents that combines small-town New England character and charm. The town is known to be very family friendly, safe, full of parks, and has strong public, private and parochial schools.

Trumbull has the most recreational and open space per capita in the state of Connecticut. It offers numerous outdoor recreation activities including two outdoor pools and several parks spanning 1,400 acres. Visit the historic mineralogical Old Mine Park, join hundreds of families at the expansive Kaechele field Saturday mornings for soccer, or take a bike ride through the countryside on the Pequonnock River Trail, which runs through the northern corner of CHS. Trumbull also sports two private indoor tennis facilities, a large indoor recreation center, and a shopping mall. Located five miles inland from the Long Island Sound, Trumbull is a quick drive to the shoreline where beaches and seaside dining abound. Nearby metropolitan areas include New York City and Boston, which are both about 2 hours away. Several major airports are readily accessible, including Bradley International Airport (in Hartford, CT), and White Plains Airport, Laguardia  and JFK (all in nearby New York).

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