About Tenacre

Welcome from the Head of School


Head of School Will Crissman
Welcome to Tenacre Country Day School! We have a fantastic school community of dedicated teachers, curious students, supportive families and accomplished alumni. All of us arrive to school excited about learning and exploring new ideas alongside diverse classmates and colleagues.
We are so proud of our mission statement: Tenacre nurtures and challenges each child, every day. This statement permeates everything we do at Tenacre—from our academic program to social development to leadership training to community-building. Tenacre’s mission statement is a real strength of our school. It allows us to make the best of each student, from 4-year-old pre-k early learners to 12-year-old near graduates, no matter who he or she is.
Our academic program creates a strong base for our students. This is not a one-size-fits-all education. Our team teaching model and flexible groupings allow us to meet the needs of each student and provide the appropriate amount of nurture and challenge. Special subjects—science, Spanish, technology, music, art, library, and physical education—play an important role in Tenacre’s program and start in pre-kindergarten. 
Tenacre has so many wonderful traditions for students to experience, too. Our youngest and oldest students embrace the Big Friend/Little Friend program, in which pre-kindergartners/fourth graders, kindergartners/fifth graders, and first/sixth graders spend time reading together or working on craft projects. The whole community eagerly anticipates the annual Apple Pie Run, a fun race that meanders through the campus and ends in the school’s apple orchard. And Tenacre offers a strong tradition of community service, providing opportunities for every student to get involved. These are just a few of the many traditions that enrich our students’ experience at Tenacre.
I hope you will visit Tenacre and get to know the community as I have. We are a school rich in tradition and eager to innovate. Come join us!

Will Crissman
Tenacre nurtures and challenges each child, every day.