Our New Head of School

Eagle Hill Announces Gretchen Larkin as Permanent Head of School, Beginning July 1, 2023

Eagle Hill is thrilled to announce the appointment of Gretchen Larkin as the new Head of School beginning July 1, 2023. This announcement is the culmination of an extensive search, reviewing numerous highly qualified candidates from schools throughout the United States in partnership with our search consultants at RG175.

Gretchen is a dynamic, engaging leader with excellent communication skills. Her personal and professional experiences, as well as the time spent with members of our community, confirm her passion for the mission of Eagle Hill School. The Board is looking forward to working with Gretchen to build on Eagle Hill’s reputation as a national leader in LD education.

Gretchen has extensive experience in school leadership as well as in the classroom. Gretchen is in her 8th year serving as the Head of School at Charles River School, a PK-8 school in Dover, Massachusetts. During her time as the leader there, she created a new multi-age model for delivering early childhood education, oversaw a comprehensive strategic plan, increased enrollment, reduced attrition, and implemented a master planning process while leading a record-breaking capital campaign which resulted in a state-of-the-art middle school building and increased endowment.

Prior to her Headship at Charles River School, Gretchen served in a variety of roles in some of the leading independent schools in greater Boston, as well as teaching positions at Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT, and Windward School in White Plains, NY.

Gretchen holds an M.A.T. degree with honors from Manhattanville College as well as a bachelor’s degree in French from Lake Forest College. She is a graduate of Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, Connecticut, and is excited to return to her hometown with her husband, Bill, a native of Darien, Connecticut. 

Eagle Hill is grateful for the extraordinary leadership of Jim Heus, Interim Head of School, during these two challenging years and for his commitment to staying on for the 2022-2023 school year. Since Jim has graciously agreed to remain at the helm next year, there is a clear path ahead for a smooth transition to new leadership. 

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Gretchen Larkin

"I cannot remember a time that I have been as excited as I am at this moment – being named Eagle Hill School’s 5th head of school is a dream come true!  From the moment I stepped on campus I sensed a palpable and enthusiastic energy - strong connections and synergy between faculty and children were evident throughout. The future is bright for this amazing school that quite literally transforms the lives of children and their families. I am both honored and humbled to be able to take part in this journey with all of you."




  • Enrolling students grades 5-14
  • Total enrollment: 260
  • Head of School: Jim Heus
  • Number of teaching faculty: 75
  • Student to teacher ratio: average of 4:1
  • Founded in 1975
  • The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) has selected Eagle Hill as a School of Excellence ten years in a row.
Accredited by the CT Association of Independent Schools