Head's Welcome

Hello and welcome!

Ralph Waldo Emerson proclaimed “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”  My enthusiasm for Sage Ridge stems from the fact that our school shares my deepest values and passions:

  • developing authentic academic excellence for all learners
  • creating opportunities for leadership through a wide variety of athletics, arts and activities
  • fostering and supporting teaching that inspires curiosity, critical thinking, and innovation
  • supporting a school culture that guides every child's development through our pillars of Scholarship, Respect, Integrity, Courage, and Community

The spirit of our mission reaches out locally and globally as our students and alumnae engage in making a difference in the world. Our community spirit connects us as we work together to support a great learning environment so our students can thrive. That same spirit connects us to our wider community through service, partnerships and good will.  

Building on these strong foundations is critical in preparing our students for the future. Innovations in neuroscience and advances in psychology are deepening our understanding of what works in education. Even as the skills and dispositions needed for taking on the challenges of the future shift, we are recognizing that the core is still developing intellectual character in liberal arts and sciences.  This is so critical thinking and engaged citizens are honed as they become life-long learners.  A Sage Ridge education sets all our students on a path to make a difference well past graduation - applying courageous scholarship with integrity and respect to contribute to their communities. 

If you are new to our community or considering joining us, please explore our site and social media and then visit us to see for yourself why our community is a perfect place to learn, grow and succeed.

Enthusiastically,

tobin

Tobin S. Bechtel, Head of School
 

Tobin Bechtel

Tobin Bechtel

Head of School

Our Mission:

Sage Ridge School graduates curious and confident citizens who embrace rigorous scholarship, respect the dignity of individuals, choose integrity, embody courage, cultivate a compassionate community, and ultimately thrive in college and in our global society.


 

Recent Notes from the Head

A long standing tradition at Sage Ridge is our coffeehouse for student performances. Any student (and sometimes even alums and faculty!) may offer a performance as long as they have the courage to perform in the Great Space in front of our entire community - grades 3-12, faculty, staff and parents. I am continually impressed by the respect and encouragement our audiences offer - the support is symbiotic with encouragement providing courage for our performers.

Read More about Coffeehouse Courage

Over a century ago Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed,  “This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.” In this spirit our faculty organized a community service day for our entire school earlier this week...

Read More about To Serve Our Community

“Do you use technology or does technology use you?” This line in the documentary ‘LIKE’ sums up our increasingly complex relationship with social media. There are many small steps we can take to stop our devices from being addictive - limiting our time on them, turning off notifications, and charging them in another room at night to list a few suggestions...

Read More about Social Media - Uses and Abuses

Scholar Athletes thrive at Sage Ridge as they develop the grit that supports them in sport, school and life. Our teams are continually becoming more competitive and our coaches are building programs that are being noticed across the NIAA (our state sporting agency). More importantly, our students are being competitive with integrity, courage and respect. 

Read More about Scorpion Scholar Athletes