Heads of Collaborative/Hybrid Schools Cohort

Meet Your Cohort Leader​

Neil Anderson has been the head of school at Trinity Classical School (Houston) since June 2010. The school was founded in 2009 and Mr. Anderson was hired as the first head of school. TCS is a PreK-12th Christian, classical, and collaborative school with 700 students. Mr. Anderson has a genuine passion for education to the glory of God, through the liberal arts. After graduating from Wheaton College with a degree in Biblical Studies, he served as an associate pastor at churches in the Midwest. With a growing family of four children, he moved back to his hometown of Houston. Prior to joining Trinity Classical School, Neil worked at Baytown Christian Academy, serving as a teacher, department chair, and Dean of Students. During these years, Neil developed a great zeal for classical education and completed a Master’s of Liberal Arts degree at Houston Baptist University. Neil is passionate about leadership, family life, investing in students, poetry, classical literature, theology, carpentry, coffee, hiking, running. He also has a dog that he is not passionate about.
Neil Anderson
Head of School,
Trinity Classical School

Distinctives

Direct Access

You will have direct access to myself and other members of my team who are experienced in running collaborative schools. During the cohort term, we will be available for real-time questions.

Networking

You will also gain knowledge and relationship from other members of the group. By the end of the term, you will have a strong network of other school heads or board members in your same situation. You will also be connected to the broader network of collaborative schools.

Resources

You will have access to a host of resources to further your training and also to repurpose for your school.

Troubleshooting

In the midst of training and resourcing, we will create space to work on each member’s trouble spots with their school.

Purpose & Format

This cohort is for school heads or board members of collaborative schools. The collaborative (hybrid, university-model, etc.) terminology is shorthand for schools that are programmed as a mixture of homeschooling and private education. Whether you are thinking of starting a school like this, have just started one, have been running one for years, or have just been hired on to an existing one, this cohort is for you. This cohort will work through all the principles and strategies that are essential to building and sustaining a collaborative model school. If you are currently sustaining a healthy school, it could be beneficial for you to join this cohort to compare notes and refine processes.

  • Twelve monthly virtual meetings, each 90 minutes in length, to include a brief presentation on a key topic and open discussion time for issues and challenges.
  • One to two hours of monthly homework in between meetings (readings, videos etc).
  • Cohort begins in August and ends in July.

Cohort Syllabus

For the first month we will get oriented to each other, we will work to identify the common elements of our value for the model. We will look at the words we use and why we use them. We will identify and clarify why we are choosing to do school this way. We will then identify the most common obstacles to the collaborative model and why facing these obstacles are worth it. This will result in a guiding document for the building or the re-fortification of your mission and vision.

During the second month, we will focus on the skills that are necessary to head a collaborative model school. I will tell my story of building and heading a collaborative school for 10 years. We will consider cycles of growing a school, issues of burnout, and the pursuit of rhythms that will promote longevity.  

The third month we will work on building/refining core documents and knowing how to put these ideas to use in the life of the school. We will work on a one-page document that contains the core identity of your entire school on one sheet of paper.

The fourth month we will work on how to build the core administrative systems of your school. We will also discuss the value of being a systems-minded business while still fostering a classical ethos to your school.

The fifth month we will work on a plan for the evolving relationship between the board and head of school. We will assess the health of your current relationship and give you tools to make it stronger. We will also cover the role of the board and how to lead them from behind. Finally, we will learn what it means to be a strategic board and the art of a good board meeting.

The sixth month will focus on the strategies to market your school with a special emphasis on how to create a great monthly informational session for interested families. We will also cover the admissions process.

The seventh month will learn how to recruit and hire the best people for your school. We will cover the faculty interview and onboarding process.

The seventh month we will discuss how to build a long-term org chart that captures where you currently are as an organization and where you need to be in 7 years. This will include discussion on options for how to build an administration and which important hire to make next.

The eighth month we will work on the necessary processes of training the faculty and parent community. Training is a unique challenge on the collaborative model and takes great planning and effort.

The tenth month we will work on how to build a scope and sequence for grades PreK-12, make important curriculum decisions,  and design a curricular track that fits your school.

The eleventh month we will work on the ideal version of the annual calendar. We will discuss key events for your school and how to facilitate them. We will evaluate school paradigms that are both simple and complex and why you might choose one of the other.

For the final month, we will work on the strategic planning process that should guide your school for years to come.

TOTAL COST

Hybrid Heads Cohort

$ 2,950 Regular Price
  • Receive 25% monthly discount for the first year
  • SCL Member Schools receive 10% discount
  • Monthly Payment Options Available

APPLY NOW

In order to keep the group sizes small, and maximize effectiveness, we will take applications on a first-come, first-served basis. This application has no obligation. Once you apply, we will personally reach out to you to answer any questions after reviewing your application. If you are approved, you will be informed of the specific start date for your cohort, asked to sign a commitment to the cohort, and given a link to submit payment. Some individuals will be waitlisted until there are enough applicants to form a new group. We will keep you updated as to your application status.