Our Head of School

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.

As we look to the future, we are guided by a comprehensive strategic plan, Bridge to 2022, that aligns our work across five goals; teaching and learning, equity and inclusion, civic engagement, balance and well-being, and financial stewardship. These goals and initiatives are purposely aligned with our mission and intentionally centered on our students. Our world-class faculty are passionate educators committed to supporting our students on their individual educational journeys. We are fortunate to have a beautiful and flexible campus environment providing small classes and collaborative spaces where our students flourish.

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 M. Land
Head of School

Learn More About Crystal M. Land

Crystal Land is a passionate educator who believes that student-centered learning transforms lives. Crystal has worked in many areas of school leadership in positions including assistant head of school, admissions director, department chair, and English teacher. Since joining Head-Royce in 1989, Crystal has focused her attention on creating learning environments where students and professionals can thrive personally and academically.

Crystal’s professional and volunteer interests are varied. She serves on the Board of Directors for the California Teacher Development Collaborative (CATDC) and the Global Online Academy. Deeply committed to promoting women in leadership, she facilitates groups for independent school leaders such as the CATDC Women Rising Cohort and Leadership and Design’s Wonder Women Conference. Committed to the Oakland community, she is a mentor for a UC Santa Cruz student through the East Bay College Fund.

Crystal has also served as a consultant for schools and non-profit organizations. She is a frequent contributor to blogs and newsletters. Most recently, she published thought-leadership articles, and collaborates with organizations that approach problem solving and organizational change through a human-centered, design thinking approach.

Crystal holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Education from Stanford University, and an M.A. in English from Middlebury College. She and her husband, Will Miller, currently reside in Oakland. They have two children, Zach ’09 and Haley ’14, both Head-Royce alumni, and a dog, Riley.