Alex Shaurette has been Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs since 2018. He joined Professional Children's School in 2013 as Head of Upper School. Prior to PCS, Alex has worked as a history teacher, a learning specialist, and a class dean. He holds a degree in Secondary Education/Social Studies from Indiana University and a master's degree in Education Leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College. Alex has also attended an Independent School Leadership Institute at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University as well as the Principals' Center at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Professional Children's School provides a well-rounded, college preparatory education to students in grades 6-12. Working with young people who are pursuing careers or rigorous pre-professional training while attending a college preparatory school requires flexibility on the part of the faculty. With approximately 200 students and 26 faculty members, students and teachers forge close relationships in supporting students reach their academic goals. While the mission of the school remains the same, the academic program at PCS has grown ever more rigorous since its founding in 1914. Today, the overwhelming majority of PCS graduates attend college or conservatory immediately upon graduation; the remainder choose to continue their pre-professional training or professional careers.
Especially in the upper school years, the professional training and other commitments of students may make demands on students' time and interests, yet PCS diploma requirements provide for a broad background in fundamental academic disciplines. Since the school’s earliest days, some PCS students have needed to keep up with their studies while away from school for professional reasons through a program called Guided Study. Today, technology makes that process easier, and PCS is committed to being a school whose program enables students to learn in part through online exchange of ideas, content and instruction. This commitment allows PCS to better serve its mission of educating professional and pre-professional students while preparing them to live and learn in our increasingly connected world.
Professional Children's School is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls, the Headmistresses Association of the East and the New York City Guild of Independent Schools.