At San Francisco Friends School, students learn in a community grounded in the Quaker values
of reflection, integrity, peaceful problem-solving, and stewardship. Our teachers challenge
students with a dynamic curriculum that inspires curiosity, cooperation, and hard work. We
teach children to listen to all voices and to trust their own. We engage with the world around us
with kindness and conviction, working toward the Quaker ideal of a caring and just society.
SFFS Middle School is home to 220 spirited, socially-minded students in grades 5-8. Our
students come to school eager to extend their learning beyond the classroom/school walls.
Students and teachers are invested in learning experiences grounded in the principles of service
and action fundamental to a Quaker education: students write and deliver persuasive speeches
to promote their original re-design of an unsightly open space in the neighborhood, they walk
the Tenderloin advocating on behalf of SF’s sizeable homeless population and grade levels
attend public hearings to speak their truth about rights and responsibilities of bicyclists on
neighborhood streets. Opportunities to get proximate are a priority, as this is where the learning
is grounded and refined. Students collaborate with one another and use self-generated questions
to design experiments that help them better understand what variables affect change. They
design, build, and program robots to act like human cells. They conduct probability experiments
by playing games across the grades. Across all contexts, the work is to see from another
perspective, to ask about the missing stories, and to make the invisible visible. The work of our
Middle School Head, in critical ways, rhymes with these endeavors.
As one of the school’s key administrators, the Middle School Head has the privilege and
responsibility to lead a faculty in progressive education that includes essential skills in the
service of deepening students’ connection to a greater purpose. A premium is placed on collegial
and supportive relationships across all constituent groups (administrators, faculty and staff,
parents and students). Spirit led decision making and a grounding in Quaker values animate
discussion and policy. The MS Head actively and personally engages in students’ school
experience, whether taking part in a 6th grade simulation or judging a 7th grade debate. The role
also includes support for teachers in both grade level and departmental cohorts, ongoing
engagement with parents, and myriad outward-facing programs and events. Fearless in the face
of complexity, the Middle School Head leads by example.
Oversee and advocate for the welfare of all middle school students, from our social emotional
learning program to student discipline to developmental supports in school.
Coordinate the design, review and evaluation of all progress reports and any supporting
documents, from communications with parents to the companion document.
Support and communicate with the Developmental Support Coordinator, and the Mental Health
Consultant, in all issues related to students and families.
Serve as an advisor to twelve middle school students.
Support the Middle and High School Transition Coordinator.
Lead the faculty by hiring, evaluating and supporting the teaching staff.
Plan the work of the division, from divisional meetings, and ongoing professional learning
among the middle school faculty.
Work with the K-8 Academic Dean and the teachers to monitor, document, communicate and
develop curriculum, building both continuity and distinction in the K-4, and K-8 program.
Support and help coordinate the middle school Advisory Program.
Communicates regularly with parents about curriculum, school events and the wellbeing of
Key liaison between the parents and the day to day life of the school.
Work with the Parents Association to support and promote shared issues involving the
community of the school.
Coordinate events that support parent education.