On July 1, 2012, Simon Owen-Williams officially became Portledge's fifth Head of School. Prior to Portledge, Simon was Head of the Carlisle School in Martinsville, Virginia. Since his arrival, Mr. Owen-Williams has overseen a re-evaluation of our educational goals as we prepare our students for college and life in the 21st century; and he has sought to align all three divisions behind a set of guiding principles and teaching models to bring Portledge to the forefront of modern education. Mr. Owen-Williams also guided the school through a successful three-year strategic plan, 2014-2017, and has collaborated with members of key Portledge constituencies in the creation of 20/20: A Clear Vision, Portledge School's next three-year strategic plan. Under the guidance of Mr. Owen-Williams, Portledge School has been accredited as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme School, further cementing the school's commitment to providing a first-class college preparatory education to our students.
At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, Portledge School opened our latest capital project - the Portledge Commons. This 28,000+ sq ft building provides Portledge with an enlarged dining hall, black box theatre, and additional classroom space.
At present, Portledge is a community of more than 500 students in pre-nursery through twelfth grade. Through all three divisions, Portledge prides itself on strong student-teacher relationships, awareness of the development of young children and adolescents, and the structure and support that enable students to take risks and build confidence to meet high expectations of scholarship and citizenship. Against this backdrop, we are continually re-examining and refining our programs to meet the needs of our families.
Portledge is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the New York State Association of Independent Schools, the Green Schools Alliance, and the College Board. Portledge has its absolute charter granted by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools, and is registered as an approved, accredited secondary school by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.