Message from Brad Shelley

Head of School Brad Shelley

Dear Pembroke Hill Community,

In my first year as head of school, it is evident to me that the Pembroke Hill of today is a place where traditions are alive, and students are thriving under the guidance of caring and talented teachers - teachers who are dedicated to providing the best possible educational experience. Pembroke Hill is “on the move” and I could not be more pleased and appreciative of our people, programs and school.

As we look ahead to 2020-21, I want to highlight several exciting initiatives/programs occurring throughout the school.

One School. One Community.

  • Our school-wide theme of One School. One Community. is re-enforcing a sense of oneness within Pembroke Hill and has been the foundation for numerous community-building activities.
  • First Fridays are PHS Red & Blue Days.
  • Spirit Week, Homecoming and the Raider Rally featured new cross-campus elements.
  • Wornall Night at the Football Game offered special programs for younger students.
  • Upper school student Raider Readers have been visiting early childhood classrooms.


  • Our partnership with ChallengeSuccess will help us embrace a broad definition of success and implement researched-based strategies to promote students’ well-being and engagement with learning.
  • The early childhood school is conducting a year-long research study to identify meaningful ways to engage with nature in the classrooms, consistent with the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.
  • The upper school hosted the first Creative Writing Day, during which students and faculty composed and shared their original works through live presentations.

Athletics, Arts, Community Service

  • In the fall, the entire school commemorated Character Day with cross-campus activities; a second event is planned for spring.
  • Fourth and fifth graders are learning important skills through the Young Leaders program. Upper school students collaborated with faculty/staff to devise a new Code of Conduct.
  • We have been entertained by lower school musical performances; middle and upper school plays; the upper school original theatre lab production; and the Winter Concert.
  • The debate team is ranked among the top 35 in the nation.
  • Girls tennis finished second at state.

Learning Support, Counselors, Professional Development

  • Eight teachers and administrators (from all four divisions) attended the NAIS People of Color Conference.
  • The Mindful School Curriculum is being integrated into the early childhood and lower schools.
  • Middle school is partnering with Resolve Counseling for parent and student social-emotional training/classes.
  • Upper school participated in a workshop examining implicit bias discrimination through gender, race and sexuality.
  • These are just a fraction of the many ways in which Pembroke Hill provides children with an unparalleled education in an environment where faculty are eager to teach, and students are eager to learn.

Pembroke Hill is a vibrant and supportive community, in part, because of the Parents Association, which organizes a wide range of community-building activities, including parent education lectures and community events like the Global Cultural Celebration. Parents Association dues now include membership for all families in the Raider Club and the Arts Council.

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, I thank you for entrusting the education of your child/children to us. We remain committed to making your family's experience the best it can possibly be.


Brad Shelley
Head of School