Welcome from Our Head

Head-Royce School is, simply put, an incredible place! Starting from its roots in 1887, it continues to grow and flourish through each iteration. A visionary thinker for her day, Anna Head established the Anna Head School for Girls with one goal in mind: to create a “solid and comprehensive” school for young women that – in addition to academic achievement – encouraged the study of liberal arts, participation in sports and outdoor activities, and preparation for college. Today we carry Anna Head’s “whole child” philosophy forward as we promote our vital mission of scholarship, diversity, and citizenship.

Our beautiful 14-acre campus in the Oakland hills, houses three divisions: the Lower School (K-5), Middle School (6-8), and Upper School (9-12.) All our divisions are focused on student-centered learning in small classroom environments. Additionally, we provide strong supplemental programs in visual and performing arts, world languages, athletics, physical education, and service learning.

The remarkable and innovative thinking launched by Anna Head 128 years ago, remains a source of pride and is the core of Head-Royce School today. As we transformed into an independent, co-educational, K-12 school in the 1970s, that spirit of inquiry and innovation remains infused in our culture. If you visit our campus you will see this a dynamic and vibrant learning center in action. From innovation centers, internships and integrated technology, to life skills classes, service learning, cross-divisional buddies and small advising groups, we are equally dedicated to educational excellence and social-emotional learning.

At our heart, we are a community of passionate educators and learners, all sharing a deep commitment to creating lifelong learners who will be prepared to lead with joy and compassion. Our faculty is world-class, bringing unique perspectives from a wide range of experiences. Their diversity of thought, coupled with their subject matter mastery, uniquely positions them to provide transformative experiences to every student across our K-12 setting. Our families come to us from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and we are proud to reflect the fabric of the Bay Area.

Please come and see us. We welcome visitors to campus and believe it is the best way to get to know our school community.


Crystal Land
Head of School

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