Chad Small, Ed. D. is serving as Interim Head of School at Cape Cod Academy. He comes to CCA with more than 30 years of experience as both Head of School at Rumson Country Day School in New Jersey and several interim head of school positions. He and his wife, Susan, live in East Orleans and have strong roots on Cape Cod.
How did you come to this position?
I have served as a long-term head and also as interim head at a number of different schools. I know and hold great respect for some of CCA’s former leaders and the impact they made to make CCA a remarkable school, so I was honored to be asked to be the interim. I look forward to carrying on their traditions, working with a deeply committed group of faculty and staff, and helping the entire CCA community prepare for a seamless transition to new leadership.
How does your experience benefit CCA?
I have enjoyed spending my entire career in education and have seen and experienced quite a bit. My major was elementary education. I taught and coached at all grade levels in public and independent schools before becoming a head of school, kicking off more than 30 years as a leader of independent schools. Education is in my DNA. My motto is simple: It’s all about the kids.
What is unique about CCA that families outside the community don’t know?
People need to get inside and see our beautiful campus, walk through our remarkable facilities, meet our talented staff, and see our busy classrooms. You must visit to see how special it is. CCA offers a personalized education to each student. The community is strong. CCA is the only K-12 independent school on Cape Cod!
What are your most important initiatives this year?
To keep special what is special about Cape Cod Academy. I want to continue the school’s trajectory of delivering an excellent education where students feel comfortable engaging in different activities and knowing that they are supported by the school and their teachers. I look forward to improving and stabilizing areas of the school that need attention and to completing CCA’s re-accreditation process with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)—culminating in a visit next March from the NEASC re-accreditation team. I want to bond with the faculty. I want to really get to know all the students and parents well so that families are happy and feel part of the community. CCA has a strong commitment to its mission and core values, and I want this to guide our decisions, always doing what is best for the students.
What do you look most forward to this school year?
The first day of school and greeting all the kids. I look forward to meeting the parents and seeing the school “in action”. Highlights this year will be attending the many arts and athletic events that make the school great and provide opportunities to get to know the community.