The Chappaqua School District has announced the recommendation of Robert Rhodes to lead Horace Greeley:
Chappaqua Schools Superintendent to recommend Robert Rhodes as next Principal of Horace Greeley High School
Current Millennium High School Principal offers expertise in professional, team, program and communal development
Chappaqua, NY – At the February 28th Board of Education meeting, Lyn McKay, Superintendent of the Chappaqua Central School District, will recommend the appointment of Robert Rhodes as the next Principal of Horace Greeley High School, effective July 1, 2012.
Rhodes is the founding and current principal of Millennium High School in lower Manhattan’s financial district. Established in 2002 in an effort to revitalize the area following the September 11th attacks, MHS is an inclusive college preparatory high school that provides a rigorous liberal arts academic program in a responsive and flexible learning environment. As founding principal, Rhodes was instrumental in reaching out to and creating an advisory board composed of students, parents, community members, local business officials and politicians; recruiting all staff and students; articulating curriculum in all subject areas; securing millions of dollars in grant funding; and he even had a hand in the school’s layout and design. He also established a four-year student/teacher advisory program, all of which has resulted in steady 98% graduation and college placement rates.
With a focus on writing, critical thinking, analytical skills, exhibitions, presentations, and service to community, Rhodes has created one of the top ranked and most sought after high schools in NYC. So much so that for the 2011-12 school year, 5,300 eighth-graders applied for only 150 openings, and several schools based on Rhodes’ model now are opening throughout the City.
“Mr. Rhodes has a passion for learning and for teaching students to pursue their own ideas,” commented Lyn McKay. “From budgeting and long-term planning to curriculum design and professional development, he is well versed in the many facets of school operations and has a proven track record of putting students first and creating a learner-centered environment where everyone can succeed.”
Rhodes has worked for 21 years in NYC public schools. He began his career in education in 1990 as a math teacher at a small alternative high school in Jamaica, Queens. In 1993, he joined School of the Future’s humanities department and five years later transitioned to the administration team serving as assistant principal.
Originally from Shaker Heights, Ohio, Rhodes graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science and in 1997 received a Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration from Fordham University. In 2003 he received Clark University’s Secondary Educator of the Year Award and in 2008 was awarded a Cahn Fellowship designed by Teachers College to recognize outstanding principals. He lives in Brooklyn and has two children.
Should the Board of Education approve Superintendent McKay’s recommendation, there will be opportunities in the near future for the Chappaqua community to meet Mr. Rhodes and to welcome him to the district.