From the Head of School

You’ve landed on a great place–the Santa Fe Prep website! A hearty welcome. I hope you will experience, on this site and as you interact with the school, our commitment to “active discourse,” the core of our enterprise.

My appreciation for the people who define the Prep experience runs broad and deep. This is my 21st and final year as head of school; I let the Board of Trustees know in April of my plans to retire. My wife Story directs our college counseling office; our oldest daughters, Kelsey ’11 and Molly ’12, have now graduated from college and are thriving in their careers in New York City; and our youngest daughter Campbell ’20 will graduate with me in June! Across these years I have become keenly aware of the vibrancy that defines Prep and of our vital role in the Santa Fe community. We have served aspiring youth in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico for over 55 years, delivering an unparalleled education in this community. I am honored to serve the school at this pivotal moment: we celebrate all that we are and all that our students will become.

Whether you are a Prep graduate reconnecting with the school through the website, a parent or student looking for school forms and information, a prospective family considering enrolling your child at Prep, or a teacher interested in joining our faculty, we hope the website encourages you to engage with the school. I am confident you will find the interaction fruitful, and I appreciate your interest.

The education at Santa Fe Prep is engaging, innovative, relevant, and in constant evolution. Our greatest strength is the quality and dedication of our faculty; they interact with students as individuals, honor alternative perspectives, and help students discover who they are and what they love. With nearly 2000 graduates making their way in the world, we continue to fulfill the promise of our school: to help our graduates “lead lives of thoughtful purpose.”

Jim Leonard, Head of School

August, 2019

*To hear more from Jim, please read the latest issue of his publication Minds Matter.