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

Appointed in 2015, Crystal Land is the 10th Head of School in the School’s 132-year history. Deeply committed to the mission of scholarship, diversity, and citizenship as well as forwarding the visionary Strategic Plan, Bridge to 2022, Crystal is attuned to the latest research on ways to create the optimal conditions for student learning in today’s dynamic and changing world.

Over her 30-year career at Head-Royce, Crystal has served the School in many roles from her launch as an English teacher, and later a department chair and student dean, to her 20-year administrative career as Admissions Director, Academic Dean, and Assistant Head of School. 

Beyond Head-Royce, Crystal currently serves on the boards of two educational organizations: the CATDC (California Teacher Development Collaborative) and GOA (the Global OnLine Academy). She also actively works to mentor and develop school leaders through regular presentations at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the facilitation of workshops with the CATDC and Wonder Women! (a Leadership and Design workshop for “bold and daring women who lead schools”).  

She writes regularly via her Head-Royce blog “Inquiry and Inspiration” and contributes thought pieces to outside publications. Crystal is an active supporter of the East Bay College Fund, where she has served as a mentor and donor for first-generation college students. 

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. Crystal and her husband, Will Miller are parents of two Head-Royce graduates, Zach Land-Miller ’09 and Haley Land-Miller ’14. When not on campus, she can be found hiking on the East Bay trails with her dog, Riley.