Pretty River Academy (PRA) is a unique K to 12 independent day school in

Ontario with 150 students and growing, perched at the foot of the Blue

Mountains, on a 50 acre natural wetland preserve. Located at the edge of

Collingwood, in southern Ontario’s four-season recreational playground, PRA is

a desirable place to work and live. For more than 20 years PRA has inspired

young students to think critically, lead their peers, and strive for excellence

in all they endeavor. Based on the Ontario curriculum, the school pushes

students beyond the standard by constantly testing them against the outside world

through Canada-wide competitions in science, robotics, math, engineering, public speaking and art. Physical

education is daily and considered critical for a healthy learning disposition.

PRA’s ultra-modern building features a full-size gymnasium, a large

cafeteria and kitchen. The students walk and run on the Georgian Trail and

utilize the natural world around them in their daily learning.

The school is enjoying growth due to an influx of new families moving

from surrounding cities to live in Collingwood’s desirable small community on

the shores of Georgian Bay, adjacent to the province’s most populated ski hills.

The new Headmaster

will support the success formulae that PRA staff have developed and practiced over

the last two decades, and lead the creation of a new Strategic Plan.

A key task

will be to lead and complete the school’s certification with Canadian

Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) which is a critical goal for the school’s

next phase.

The position

is open now for immediate start if possible, but will consider a mid-year start



Responsibilities include:


Lead a culture of learning focused on the Ontario curriculum, and PRA’s

unique approach to educational development.


Provide Instructional Leadership to staff.


Work co-operatively with the school’s Board of Directors to create and

administer school policies and procedures.


Administer an annual budget focused on enhancing the learning



Manage the school environment and day-to-day school activities.


Work co-operatively with parents.


Assess and evaluate staff.


Strategic planning for the school’s future.


Complete CAIS certification.


Regular reporting to the Ministry of Education (ONSIS & OUAC).


Oversee maintenance of Ontario Student Records.


Monitor reporting on student achievement.


Update and maintain health and safety policies according to Ministry of

Education and Ministry of Health guidelines for schools during Covid.


Candidates should possess:


Demonstrated school leadership in areas of school management, community

interaction, and curriculum leadership;


Ontario Teacher Certification in two or more divisions;


Principals Qualifications.


Ten years of teaching experience.


Five or more

years of Ontario teaching experience (a combination of elementary and secondary

is an asset)


Administrative experience in areas such as human resources, financial

management, curriculum development, and policy implementation.

As an

experienced leader with a proven track record of outstanding achievements in

education, the new PRA Headmaster will possess an understanding of the core

values of this unique and successful school, will have successful

administrative experience, and exceptional team-building capabilities. As the school focuses on public speaking in

many branches of its instruction, the candidate must possess outstanding

communication skills, and creativity in further enhancing our student-centered educational

program. Strong knowledge of the Canadian independent school landscape and a

deep understanding of the Ontario curriculum are key.


new Headmaster at PRA will have the opportunity to further the improvement

and development of our school by leading strategic planning and managing

organizational change with a view to the future, and to continue to

promote the school as a relevant choice for families seeking an independent

school experience.

The Search

Committee will begin considering potential candidates immediately and will

continue until the role is filled. Applications, including a two-page

curriculum vitae, letter of introduction and three references should be

forwarded electronically, in confidence, to the school’s search committee.

Job Category:
Teachers, Principals & Superintendents
Pretty River Academy
Posting Date:
8/2/2021 11:29:43 AM
Collingwood, Ontario