Yesterday, Washington Latin Public Charter School named Peter Anderson as its new head of school, replacing Martha Cutts who is retiring at the end of this term. Mr. Anderson comes to Washington Latin from Hyde Leadership Public Charter School in the Bronx, New York, where his position is director of the elementary school. Prior to working at Hyde, Mr. Anderson was the head of school for the Future Leaders Institute Charter School in Harlem and an associate head of school for St. Philips Academy located in Newark, New Jersey.
The press release revealing the change states that Mr. Anderson has over 20 years experience in the field of education after graduating from Haverford College with a Bachelors degree in sociology. He also holds a Masters degree in sociology from the London School of Economics and a Masters degree in education from New York University. The announcement points out that Mr. Anderson was attracted to the job “because of his deep appreciation for Latin’s essential elements: classical mission, faculty excellence, diverse and integrated community, and academic success for all.”
Interestingly, Hyde Leadership PCS has a student population in which 93 percent of its students are classified as economically disadvantaged. Latino students make up 63 percent of the enrollment, with blacks comprising 35 percent of those in classrooms.
Ms. Cutts ends her tenure at Latin after eight and a half years during which it has grown to 685 students and is widely recognized as one of the city’s highest academically performing public schools. She was only the third leader of the charter, which is about to celebrate its 10 year anniversary. The charter’s permanent facility is at the former DCPS Rudolph School in Northwest, D.C.