Letter from the Head
Welcome to Drew!
As our 105th year races along, we are delighted that you are visiting us. Please come by our compact urban campus to complement this website visit. Both are important as you learn about our program and people. I assure you that during both visits you will encounter an eclectic group of friendly, bright, engaged students working closely with some of the best teachers in the Bay Area. Both our new classroom building and performing arts wing offer great spaces for teaching, learning and growing through a range of classes, clubs and informal friendships for all of us here. Through this - and subsequent - visits, you will undoubtedly find many possible places at Drew in which you can stretch, explore and grow. Ours is an active, focused and fun community. Thanks for exploring it here.
Our Founder, John Sheehan Drew, started his "coaching" school in 1908 with the mission of addressing the academic goals of each of his students. Most of them were aspiring to gain admission to very competitive entry colleges and universities across the country. During his approximately 45 years of leadership, our school provided small classes with talented, caring teachers. Mr. Drew knew that the individual progress of each student mattered.
Today we celebrate our Founder's notion that "each kid counts". During this 2012-2013 school year our faculty are engaged in an holistic curriculum review. Our goal is to envision improvements to our program. As we look at our many strengths and survey the "best practices" at schools across the country, we remain excited to be working in this exciting learning environment. We know that faculty growth inspires students' own extra efforts. Also this year we pleased to have joined the Bay Counties -Central athletic league, continuing to enable nearly 70% of our students to play high school sports!
As you explore this website, check out the many classes, performance opportunities, athletic teams clubs and other programs that make our small school feel much larger. I am sure you will be intrigued by our many globally-focused programs (GAIA), including our 9-year project in Senegal and upcoming trips to Cuba, St. Croix, and France. Our annual DEALL Days and summer school hands-on service and learning opportunities are unique staples of our program. Be sure to check them out, too!
When you do stop by in person, please take a minute to say "hi" to me. I always look forward to such meetings – especially as your relationship with Drew School begins.
Samuel M. Cuddeback III