Superintendent Welcome Note

Welcome to ǿմý!

Dear Community:

Welcome to ǿմý! I love being superintendent here because of our deep focus on belonging and the commitment to our students I witness on campus every day.

We are an IB World School with close to 3,000 students on two campuses, multiple learning pathways including IB, AP and BTEC, and a school-wide commitment to student well-being. More than 90 percent of our graduates get into their top two choices for college or university, with students gaining admission to highly competitive institutions in the U.S., Canada, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia and more.

We are a big school, with the heart of a small school. Community matters, and we celebrate our students and staff for exhibiting four core values: integrity, ingenuity, courage and compassion. We talk a lot about these values, provide examples both at school and in the curriculum, and celebrate when we see them in action.

Our students are kind, interested and diligent. We connect their learning to the real world, and they lean into conversations about how they can develop the attributes of the IB learner profile and make a difference in the world.

We have amazing facilities with two campuses about five kilometers apart. Our facilities boast state-of-the-art classrooms, theater, science labs, quiet study spaces, spacious libraries, gyms, pools, etc. Our teachers thrive in this well-resourced environment and leverage it to promote active learning for our students.

We attract top-tier teachers through a competitive recruitment process. These are professionals who possess deep knowledge of content and pedagogy, but as important, they know how to build relationships and help students feel safe and valued. In teacher interviews and references, we probe how they show up in the classroom and who they are at their core. Once at Stamford American, we offer a robust professional learning program to help them grow.

Our support staff also take great ownership and pride in our school in ensuring we operate effectively, efficiently and with care. Stamford American parents, meanwhile, round out our community with a strong partnership through the PTA, school events and classroom support. We engage in continual feedback loops, including surveys and daily communication, to ensure we meet the needs of our students and families.

Thank you for your interest in our school! I think you’ll be impressed with the culture of care and high academic standards your children experience here.

Our commitment is to develop a deep sense of belonging, value and connectedness for every student who passes through our gates – as we inspire them to think, write, design, compose and collaborate on the road to discovery and life success.

Dr. Mark Wenzel