Arendell Parrott Academy seeks a Head of School to begin July 1, 2020.  The Head of Arendell Parrott Academy is the chief operating officer for a nonsectarian, independent day school located in the coastal plain of North Carolina.  With the support of an associate and an assistant headmaster, the Head supervises a teaching faculty of 72 and a support staff of 61.   Supervising a student body of approximately 705 students, the School Head is responsible for designing a curriculum to assist students of above average ability in reaching their full potential.  Additionally, he or she is responsible for developing and maintaining a campus and educational facilities to support the instructional program.  Through admissions and development, the Head insures that adequate funding is available to meet the current and future needs of a growing and vibrant educational institution.


  • Brings different stakeholder groups together to generate consensus
  • Possesses the ability to build confidence and engender support from others
  • Understands the educational and curricular needs of students who aspire to attend college after high school graduation
  • Manages human resources effectively to fulfill the educational mission and institutional growth of the academy
  • Has budgeting skills which includes effective allocation of resources
  • Communicates orally and is writing with clarity, conciseness, and a positive tone
  • Uses the pronoun “we” much more frequently than the pronoun “I”
  • Assimilates the school’s history, culture, and climate, working cooperatively to effect improvement where needed



  • Graduate degree from an accredited college or university, ideally in education
  • Ten years of successful teaching and administrative experience required



Dr. Bert S. Bright spent the last 26 years of his 35 year career at Arendell Parrott Academy, serving as headmaster the past seven years.  After he announced his retirement last year,  the Arendell Parrott Academy Board of Trustees along with a Search Committee is seeking a new headmaster, effective July 1, 2020.


SEARCH COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS:  Mr. Stephen B. Hill and Mr. Landon Minges


Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, a current resume, and the names of five references to:


HEAD OF SCHOOL SEARCH                         

PO Box 1297                          

Kinston, NC  28503


Deadline for applications: March 11, 2019



TUITION: Transition and Kindergarten $        7,200
  First through Sixth Grade $        8,900
  Seventh through Twelfth Grade $      11,300
FOR 2018-2019:  $ 8,200,000  
FOR 2018-2019:  Transition/Kindergarten   65
   Lower School  227
   Middle School  170
   Upper School  242
GENDER RATIO: 51 % female, 49 % male  
AFFILIATIONS:  National Association of Independent Schools  
  North Carolina Association of Independent Schools  
  North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association  





The educational success of Arendell Parrott Academy was born when the vision of one man coalesced with the energy and generosity of many fellow citizens in Kinston, North Carolina.  Marion A. Parrott, a decorated veteran of World War II, returned to his native Kinston and began envisioning how a quality private school could lay the foundations for progress in eastern North Carolina.  By 1964, Mr. Parrott, his wife Lillian, and several other citizens committed to fostering the highest standards of education joined together to establish Arendell Parrott Academy.  The school was named for Mr. and Mrs. Parrott's deceased son, Marion Arendell Parrott, Jr.  Later that same year, a large donation of land made possible the construction of a permanent campus which has grown to encompass approximately 80 acres of land on the northeast perimeter of Kinston. 


The student body, originally grades 1 through 8, continued to develop with the addition of a kindergarten in 1968 and a high school which graduated its first seniors in 1971.  From an initial enrollment of 123 local children, the Academy's student body has grown in size and geographic diversity.  Since 2000, the school has maintained an enrollment of between 670 and 725 students. The 2016-2017 student body comes from 12 counties, with Pitt, Lenoir, Craven, Greene and Wayne contributing the largest number of students.  Diversity continues to increase at Parrott Academy drawing approximately 13% of their enrollment from non-majority backgrounds. The campus includes seven instructional buildings, seven athletic facilities, and one student activity center.  The last capital building campaign, completed in 2016, raised 2.7 million dollars in contributions.



Arendell Parrott Academy is governed by a 38-member Board of Trustees. There are no fixed terms for trustees; once appointed, they may serve until they choose to retire from the Board.  The administration consists of a Headmaster and a Head of Upper School, Head of Middle School and Head of Lower School who lead a faculty of 67 full-time and 5 part-time instructors. They also supervise a support staff of 61 which includes a Director of Operations, Director of Admissions, Director of Finance, Director of Athletics, two guidance counselors, and a college adviser.


Academics are the central pillar of the Academy's program at the Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School levels.  Enrichment classes for elementary students, academic competition teams beginning in middle school, and 15 Advanced Placement courses for high school students stimulate intellectual development in a supportive community of learners.   A reasonable student-teacher ratio and a faculty freed to focus on teaching rather than administrative detail are hallmarks of the school.  Technology is an important tool which is used to support real-time interpersonal learning in the classroom.


Athletics and fine arts are both integral pillars of the Academy's program for fostering the development of well-rounded students. A total of 30 teams for both boys and girls compete in 15 different sports, and the school is a member of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association.  Fine arts has been a growing sector of A.P.A.'s curriculum with course offerings in general music, guitar, string orchestra, visual arts, A.P. Art, theatre, dance, and creative movement.


Students' character and citizenship are developed through a school-wide emphasis on service.  Though there is no school requirement for community service, the Upper School SERV Society and Middle School Council encourage participation in outreach projects and service trips, as well as students' individual volunteer efforts in their local communities. A.P.A. students have been recognized at the state and national level for their volunteer efforts.


From the Academy's inception, its families and friends have built a unique community of support.  The Mothers' Committee, Patriot Booster Club, and Friends of the Fine Arts organizations provide fundraising and logistical support for curricular and co-curricular growth.  Active and involved parents give generously of their time, their talents, and their resources. Each generation of Academy families has ensured that the school their children graduate from is stronger than it was on the day they first visited the campus.  And many whose children have graduated continue to be active Board members and school supporters. With over five decades of such dedication, Arendell Parrott Academy has grown to be the largest independent school east of Raleigh.



A small city of 23,700 residents, Kinston is the county seat of Lenoir County and has a rich history, from colonial times through the Civil War to the present.  Founded as a tobacco inspection site, Kinston today is in the heart of a still primarily agricultural region characterized by traditional values and a relaxed pace of life. Greenville, located 25 miles to the north, is the home of East Carolina University with 23,000 students and the site of a major hospital and medical school.  New Bern, approximately 30 miles south, is one of the fastest growing retirement destinations in the country and serves as a gateway to the beaches of North Carolina's Crystal Coast. 


In the past decade, Kinston’s downtown has experienced a revival due largely to an active culinary and arts scene.  It is home to, a long-range economic development project known as the Global Trans-Park, Spirit Air, nationally renowned Chef and the Farmer restaurant, Mother Earth Brewing, and the Down East Wood Ducks minor league baseball team. It is also the site of Lenoir Community College, a rapidly growing institution in the North Carolina community college system.


For over 50 years, the Academy has excelled at the vital task of nurturing the intellect, the character, and the civic values of children.  Using phrases such as "challenging," "high expectations," "strong academics”, and "high standards," our parents and our students enroll at A.P.A. and remain here because of the quality of our curriculum and instruction.  Our teachers seek to provide maximum intellectual stimulation and development for each student while building a firm foundation in the core skills of reading, writing, and mathematics.  Creative teaching, a strong curriculum, technology, and hands-on learning opportunities help students become confident, independent learners with strong critical and reflective thinking skills. Working with an average student-teacher ratio of 10:1 and in an environment of respect, teachers are able to concentrate on education rather than discipline. Students have said “classes here require diligence, time management, and a work ethic,” but they are “allowed and pushed to think for ourselves.”  One senior observed, “Parrott has taught me that the best part of success is knowing that I succeeded with integrity.” The academic success and the wide range of accomplishments by our students both here and in their future endeavors demonstrate that the school fulfills its mission year in and year out.



With the Board of Trustees’ long-term commitment to attracting and retaining top teachers, faculty longevity is an important part of the Academy's school culture with 30 faculty and staff members serving at least ten years and 19 serving more than twenty years.  At every level, teachers are knowledgeable and passionate about their subject areas. They are lifelong learners who appreciate the school’s strong professional development program, and they are given the freedom to individualize and innovate within their curriculum.   Because of their dedication to the school's mission and to its sense of community, teachers make many contributions outside their classroom, from creating original crafts for school auctions to organizing an all-girl running club.  They are involved with their students and give individual attention inside and outside of the classroom. “Warmth,” “thoughtfulness,” and “an amazing support system” are a few of the characteristics Parrott students treasure in their teachers.  “If they seem to challenge you more than you wish at times, it’s only to make you better and stronger as a student.”



Parents and students consistently cite the safe, secure, and welcoming feel of the school's community and its campus as one of the Academy's most attractive and essential features. “Our APA family” is a phrase that comes naturally to every Patriot.  Parents and grandparents are welcome to visit and walk our halls to admire student art work or visit the cafeteria for a lunch with their student. A commitment to honor and integrity fosters trust: “Anyone can stroll through our campus and notice book bags lining the walls, and lockers without locks,” said one senior.  “That speaks volumes about the consideration and respect we hold for each other.” With many students commuting from towns that are 30 minutes or more by car, families develop close bonds and rely on each other for transportation and support.  Maintenance, cafeteria, and housekeeping staff are integral members of the Parrott family; they know students by name and participate in school activities like Homecoming or blood drives. And the entire school family unites in support when students, teachers, or staff members experience a loss. As one student put it, “APA has left such an impact on my heart—not many schools share the love we do.”



Unlike schools that focus on specialization, Arendell Parrott Academy stimulates students to attempt a wide range of endeavors, and faculty and administration make the extra effort to accommodate the demands on an A.P. Statistics student who is also a field hockey player and a cellist. Administrators, teachers, and staff members value character and commitment as much as they value top scholarships or MVP athletic awards.  Organized around four pillars of excellence – academics, arts, athletics, and service – the Academy offers avenues of exploration and achievement for every student. “Parrott gives its students so many opportunities to try new things, it has allowed me to step outside my comfort zone.”  As the 2018 Patriot yearbook put it, “While we are diverse in our interests, we are united in our purpose.  We are connected.”



Arendell Parrott Academy is a unit school providing an educational environment which nurtures the student-assisting each individual in reaching his or her full potential.  Realizing the significant role of self-esteem, the Academy focuses primarily on the stimulation of maximum intellectual development in a positive learning environment.  In acquiring a knowledge base, students are given the opportunity to apply critical and reflective thinking and to engage in learning activities which promote the development of their natural curiosity.


With well-qualified and compassionate faculty and staff working in partnership with parents, the students develop morally, emotionally, socially, and physically, enabling them to appreciate and accept the responsibilities of membership in the community and society.  As preparation for accepting their individual responsibilities, students receive a liberal arts education with skills to become mature individuals who can make responsible decisions.


Arendell Parrott Academy believes the learning environment should offer the student an opportunity to excel in diverse ways; should allow the student to feel nurtured and supported; and should lead the student to uphold the values of honor, initiative, and truth.  The Academy admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.