Our New Head of School

Headshot of new Head of School Clay Kaufman


GREENWICH, Connecticut – January 22, 2019 – Eagle Hill School Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Clay Kaufman, Co-Head of The Siena School in Silver Spring, MD, as the next head of school effective July 1, 2019. Clay will succeed Dr. Marjorie Castro, who will have completed her tenth year as Head of Eagle Hill School.

“The Eagle Hill School community is excited to have Clay Kaufman be its next head of school,” said board co-chair Jeremy Henderson. “Clay’s enthusiasm and commitment to the mission and vision of Eagle Hill School will honor our past and move us decisively forward as a national leader in LD education,” Henderson said.

“I’m really excited to be coming to Eagle Hill School,” said Kaufman. “It has a wonderful reputation for making a big difference in the lives of children who learn differently. I spent a long part of my career working with students with learning differences … there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a student suddenly figure out that they know how to learn and can learn.”

Clay brings more than 34 years of independent school leadership to this role, including the past 12 years as Co-Head of School at The Siena School. He has a deep understanding of both the classroom environment and the administrative demands of leading a successful school. As a teacher, he has implemented hands-on, experiential learning and has developed integrated curricula in both the humanities and math and science, always focused on students with learning differences. He has led training and professional development programs aimed at educating professionals from Washington-area schools about strategies for teaching students with learning differences. Clay has also presented at many NAIS conferences on these topics.

Prior to The Siena School, Clay was at The Field School in Washington D.C. for 23 years, serving as the Director of Admissions and a math and history teacher. In addition to his distinguished educational career, he has served on the Board of Trustees of The Sheridan School in Washington, D.C.; as a Chair of the D.C. Alumni Schools Committee for Yale University; as Director of the Woodside Kids Chorale; and as President of the Yale Glee Club Board. 

Clay earned his BA in American Studies from Yale University and his MA in Government from Georgetown University. He has been an EE Ford Fellow in the NAIS program for Aspiring Heads, and spent a year in Turkey in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program.  



Phil Pineau, Communications Manager

203-622-9240 x 662, p.pineau@eaglehill.org

Lisa Ferraro, Director Development & Marketing

203-622-9240 x646, l.ferraro@eaglehill.org



  • Ages of students: 5-15
  • Total enrollment: 255
  • Head of School: Clay Kaufman
  • Number of Teaching Faculty: 75
  • Number of Boarding Students: Up to 35 (five days/week)
  • Student Teacher Ratios: 1:1 to 12:1
  • Founded in 1975
  • Eagle Hill is accredited by the State of Connecticut Department of Education
  • The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) has selected Eagle Hill as a School of Excellence seven years in a row.


Founded in 1975, Eagle Hill is an independent, co-educational day and five-day boarding school for students ages 5-15 with language-based learning differences, including (but not limited to) dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, executive functioning disorder, auditory processing disorder, and ADHD.

The goal of Eagle Hill is to provide intensive, short-term remedial instruction to children with learning differences and return them to the educational mainstream as soon as possible. While a student attends Eagle Hill, their learning experience is completely personalized. Each child is carefully evaluated and, based on the specific nature of his or her learning difference, a customized educational program is developed. This individualized, skills-based program is taught by a highly credentialed faculty, uses personalized learning strategies, and is grounded in the latest research in educating students who learn differently.