From Head of School, Jack Creeden

Greetings from Chadwick School! Whether you are a prospective student, parent, or simply interested in learning more about our people and programs, I’m pleased to welcome you.

For more than 80 years, Chadwick has been so much more than just a place to go to school. Generations of proud alumni, our current faculty, students and their parents will tell you about the Core Values of a Chadwick education that shape all that we do within and outside the classroom.

We believe those Core Values of honesty, respect, responsibility, fairness and compassion are essential building blocks for success in school, college and later life.

Chadwick School has always emphasized the importance of excellence in the classroom, labs, studios, and playing fields. But our students are so much more than a collection of high grades, standardized test scores and lists of admission to selective colleges and universities. As our founder Margaret Chadwick said, “We believe there is a marked distinction between thinking and memorizing.“

Starting in our Village School and continuing right up to graduation, our curriculum directly supports the value of students spending time out of the classroom, learning by doing and challenging themselves in our outstanding athleticsvisual and performing artsoutdoor education, STEM and nationally recognized community service programs.

For us, global studies are not simply an academic exercise. Our faculty and students interact regularly with faculty and students at Chadwick International, our sister school in Songdo, South Korea. Whether through faculty and student exchanges, extended visits, or electronically using our state-of-the-art Cisco Telepresence Communications Center, Chadwick students develop relationships with their peers in Korea and learn first-hand about cultural differences, norms and traditions. In addition, our student leadership councils, athletic teams and multiple student groups travel to Songdo and host our Korean counterparts when they come to Palos Verdes.

At the heart of Chadwick, you will find talented faculty and staff who have high degrees of expertise in their field, communicate well with students, and are committed to helping all students grow academically, socially and personally. Chadwick students create meaningful relationships with teachers, advisers, coaches and peers. Surrounded by peers who share their values, Chadwick students are eager to come to school each day, develop lifelong friendships and actively support one another’s success.

I invite you to explore further the multiple sections of the webpage. Please come for a visit, open house or campus tour and meet our students, faculty and families. We want you to experience Chadwick first-hand, to learn by doing as we encourage our students to do.

I hope to see you on campus soon so we can share with you the remarkable teaching and learning that occurs each day here at Chadwick.

All the best,
Jack Creeden

About Jack Creeden — Head of School

John E. “Jack” Creeden, Ph.D., was appointed Chadwick’s tenth head of school on July 1, 2016.

Creeden has a passionate commitment to outstanding academics, character development, global citizenship, experiential learning and to a diverse and inclusive community.

His educational career includes 20 years as a headmaster or president. Creeden came to Chadwick after serving five years as president of School Year Abroad, a one-year, language-intensive immersion experience available to students from more than 125 independent and public high schools. While there, he was responsible for the overall leadership and administration of four schools — in China, France, Italy and Spain. Creeden also served as headmaster from 1995 to 2007 of Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, a boarding/day school of 235 students. During his tenure at that school, he implemented two strategic plans, completed a $24 million capital campaign and built three new residence halls. Creeden went on to become the headmaster of Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina, a TK-12 school of 1,528 students, where he served from 2007 to 2010. Before embarking upon his career in independent schools, Creeden held a variety of teaching and administrative positions at the University of Wisconsin and at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He has taught at the university level, in independent schools, at the University of Sussex in Lewes, England, at Gashora Girls Academy for Science and Technology in Rwanda, and for the KIPP Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina.  

Creeden also has been a leader in the independent school community, mentoring aspiring heads of school, conducting governance workshops for trustees and serving from 2012 to 2015 as chair of the board of trustees for the National Association of Independent Schools.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from College of the Holy Cross, graduating cum laude. He also earned a master’s degree in English literature and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Creeden and his wife, Carole Martin, live in Palos Verdes.