Meet the Head of School

A welcome letter from Dan Frank, Head of School

Welcome to the best small school in Richmond!

I am so proud of the experience we offer at Steward—it’s well-rounded, it’s intimate, it’s innovative, and most of all, it’s done with our students at the forefront of every decision. We get to know these kids—that’s the beauty of a small school, and it helps build their confidence to be in a place where they are challenged and supported each at the right time.

Having worked in the education arena for more than 25 years, including time in New England and abroad, I can tell you that Steward is unique. From our emphasis on educating the whole child and best fit for first-choice college applications to our devotion to community engagement, solid foundational skills,  fine arts and athletics, and research, design, and innovation, we carefully and intentionally guide our students through their JK-12 careers, preparing them for a lifetime of learning and success. There are no other small schools in central Virginia that can offer such a comprehensive program.

I invite you to come see us—attend a performance in the Lora M. Robins Theatre, cheer on the Spartans at an athletic game, check on the projects in the Bryan Innovation Lab, or visit a classroom to see what the best and brightest are learning today. We take children where they are and move them forward, and I know you’ll see that when you arrive on our campus.

I look forward to meeting you,

Dan Frank signature
G. Daniel Frank
Head of School


About Dan Frank

Dan Frank was appointed The Steward School’s sixth head of school on November 20, 2014, after serving as interim head of school for a year. He has been part of the Steward family since 2007, when he became the director of the Upper School. Prior to his time in Virginia, Dan worked at Cushing Academy in Massachusetts for eight years, where he served as director of Summer Session. He was responsible for the worldwide recruitment of 365 students, hiring a faculty of more than 70, overseeing the curriculum, and managing financial aid, scholarships, and marketing, in addition to winning a Ford Fellowship in 2005.

Dan’s career in education began with several international ventures. He studied abroad in Sri Lanka during his college years at the University of Vermont. Following graduation, he joined the Peace Corps and lived on the island of Tarawa for two years. In subsequent years, he was part of the prestigious Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program in Latvia and a teacher trainer for the Peace Corps in Estonia. He ultimately earned his master’s degree from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Contact the Head of School

Dan Frank
Head of School
Dan.Frank@stewardschool.org
(804) 740-3394, ext. 2325

 

Steward Voices

Steward is an atmosphere that fosters confidence—something we have seen in all three of our kids. Whether it is playing a new sport, running for a seat on the Honor Council, or singing a solo on Talent Night, they have been encouraged to try, to experience, and to grow.
- Dan and Kathi Campbell, Parents of Abbie ’19, Emma ’17, and Ben ’14

Steward Voices

Steward is the right place for Micah and Kiri because they are able to develop strong connections with their teachers, which in turn facilitates confidence and resilience in their learning. Everyone at Steward knows your name and makes you feel so welcome.
- Paul and Janet Yoon, Parents of Kiri ’27 and Micah ’26

Steward Voices

Steward helped me develop the skills I needed to succeed in college and the courage and confidence to set competitive career goals for myself. But, these skills weren’t lessons I learned just in Steward’s classrooms; they came from the athletic fields, in the hallways, and during Honor Council meetings, too.
- Grace Henderson ’10

Steward Voices

Steward provides Andrew with a nurturing environment which fosters his individualism, develops exemplary character traits, and continuously provides him with creative learning experiences. Consequently, Andrew ‘loves’ school and anticipates each day with joy, enthusiasm, and excitement.
- Betsy Jollay, Grandmother of Andrew O’Leary ’25

Steward Voices

I love all that The Steward School has done for Trace. Steward has uncovered Trace’s talents, celebrated his individuality, and strengthened his belief in himself. The faculty and staff offer an amazing balance of challenge and comfort, encouraging the best from all students. I can’t imagine Trace being anywhere else. Thank you, Steward School.
- Ron Coles, Father of Trace Coles ’19 and Grade 5 Teacher

Steward Voices

Being a member of The Steward School international program has been an awesome experience. The community has helped me tremendously along the way.
- Bowen Chen ’15

 

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