Starting and Growing A Classical Christian School

Three Classical School starters discuss the why and how to start a Christian Classical School.

Join this session to hear from three founding Heads of School from three locations (New York City, San Diego and Waco). Collectively, these three ladies have 50+ years of school leadership experience. They will share why they started their schools, the challenges of running a school and the unique challenges of being female leaders and moms. is session’s format will be a panel discussion with plenty of time for Q&A.

Rim Hinckley

Prior to starting the Geneva School of Manhattan, Rim taught math for 12 years. Along with other believers, she began planning for a classical Christian school in Manhattan in 1995. A er a year of planning, praying, pursuing real estate leads and completing city requirements, e Geneva School of Manhattan opened with 22 students in three grades. A er several years, Rim stepped down to spend time with her young family. She served on the board until 2011, when she resumed Head of School responsibilities. Under her leadership, the school has grown to 280 students and two campuses. Rim also serves on the boards of SCL, PAVE Academy and Messiah College, and has previously served on the board of Hope for New York. She and her husband, Carter, have two sons, C.J. and Charlie.

Jean Kim

Jean has been an educator for more than 20 years, first as a high school history and humanities teacher, then as an educational policy analyst at a Washington D.C. think-tank and then as the owner of a successful a er-school tutoring center. She then founded and became the Head of School at The Cambridge School in San Diego, where she continues to serve in that role. Jean holds a bachelor's degree in history from Yale University, where she completed her teacher preparation, as well. She serves on the SCL board, and enjoys helping classical Christian schools flourish. Jean and her husband, Scott, have three children.

Liz Caddow

A er receiving a bachelor’s degree in business, Liz turned to education, earning her master’s degree in education and a history credential from the University of Southern California. She taught in the California public school system for eight years before founding Trinity Classical Academy. Her passion and leadership have helped Trinity to become one of the fastest growing classical Christian schools in America, having grown from 28 students in grades K-2 in 2001 to its present enrollment of 565 students in grades TK-12. Liz continues to serve as the Head of School at Trinity.

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