Mar 21, 2019
Chad Small
Head of School, Cape Cod Academy
Chad Small joined CCA with more than 25 years as Head of School at Rumson Country Day School in New Jersey and several other interim Head positions. He and his wife, Susan, live in East Orleans and have strong roots on the Cape. 
In addition to his former Headmaster duties, he has taught undergraduate and graduate course in education at Monmouth University and has also spoken at the regional and national levels, most notably at the NAIS national conference in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Small is also a founding member of INDEX (formerly Elementary School Research Collaborative), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing data, analysis and research to a nationwide consortium of leading independent schools.
After graduating from the Millbrook School, Mr. Small received his bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1976, a master's degree in education from the University of Virginia in 1979 and earned his doctorate in 2001 from Seton Hall University.
Chad's first job in education was right out of college. He taught first, second and third grade in a two-room schoolhouse in Brownton, West Virginia, deep in the heart or hollers of Appalachia. The next year, he and his wife Susan moved to Virginia where he taught fifth and sixth grade at Forest Elementary School in Forest, Virginia. After four years, he became principal at Schuyler Elementary School in Schuyler, Virginia, an area made famous by the iconic '70s TV show, The Waltons. In fact, Chad was an extra on A Walton's Thanksgiving television special, but as he says, "If you blink, you'll miss my TV appearance. It was that quick!"
Mr. Small became the Head of the Lower School at St. Francis School, a K-8 independent school in Louisville, Kentucky and later became Headmaster of St. Richard's School in Indianapolis, Indiana. During his four years there, St. Richard's added three new grades; raised five million dollars in capital funds and doubled the size of its campus. In 1989, he learned of the opening at The Rumson Country Day School and stayed for 25 years.