Rock Creek International School (RCIS) Names Head of School
Rock Creek International School’s Board of Trustees today named Dr. Peter R. Greer as Head of the School. Dr. Greer comes to RCIS from the largest independent day school in New Jersey, The Montclair Kimberley Academy, where he served as Headmaster for thirteen years. Dr. Greer will begin his responsibilities immediately.
A former Dean of Boston University and senior Presidential Appointee at the Department of Education, Dr. Greer’s reputation is that of a curriculum innovator who concentrates on his students’ academics and character. He has also been described by his colleagues as an enthusiastic and aggressive leader and as someone who engenders high morale among faculty, administrators, and parents at his schools. Most noteworthy is that under Dr. Greer’s leadership, five of his former schools were selected as National Blue Ribbon Schools. His most recent school, The Montclair Kimberley Academy was selected for the Character Education Partnership’s National School of Character Award.
“Throughout my career, I have been challenged by opportunities to lead institutions to new levels of educational success,” said Dr. Greer. “RCIS already has a special niche in the D.C. area with its eighteen-year history of refining its dual language program that is tied to the International Baccalaureate Program. That distinctive program, complemented by small faculty-student ratios for individualization and a warm and caring school ethos, gives the school a special flavor.”
RCIS was founded in 1988. The school educates students from grades Pre-K to 8 in two buildings. The lower school which houses Pre-K to grade four is located on Foxhall Avenue and the Middle School grades 5-8 Middle School is located on New Hampshire Avenue. It was one of the first schools in the country to have a non-religious Arabic program. RCIS focuses its students on becoming fluent in either Arabic, French, and Spanish. Students, faculty, and administration represent over fifty nations.
“We are so fortunate to have Dr. Greer with us,” said Caroline Turkus, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “He brings integrity and a strong commitment to excellence in education. He is a school leader, who will be a visible presence within the RCIS community and beyond. I am convinced that with his leadership, RCIS will make great strides and will quickly gain a national and international reputation.” Dr. Greer’s preliminary strategic plan for the school, “Our Common Purpose,” has been received with enthusiasm.
Dr. Greer’s experience spans 35 years. He has served as the Portland (Maine) Superintendent of Schools, U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Education in the Reagan Administration (under Secretary of Education, William Bennett), Dean and Professor of the Boston University School of Education (at the time of Boston University’s unprecedented takeover of the Chelsea (MA) Schools), and most recently, Headmaster of The Montclair Kimberley Academy (NJ), from where he retired in June 2005.
“People ask me why I was attracted to RCIS. Every Board member, every parent, and every teacher and administrator, I have met, have been delightful and passionate about their school. I believe strongly in the value of fluency in at least two languages in today’s world,” said Dr. Greer. “I like the parent, student, and teacher diversity at the school. Two distinguished colleagues with substantial experience in international education told me about the school and its promise in glowing terms. My wife and I live in Washington, D.C., so no major move is involved. I want to continue to serve and continue to use my experience in effective ways.”
Rock Creek International School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary Education, as well as the Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate Organization. RCIS is a member of several other education organizations: The European Council of International Schools; The Council of International Schools in the Americas; The National Association of Independent Schools; The Mid-Atlantic Regional Coalition of International Baccalaureate Organization of Schools; and the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington.