Royal-Palm AcademySteven Virgadamo has been retained to conduct a search for the next Head of School/President for Royal Palm Academy in Naples Florida. Interested candidates should see the position profile below.


At Royal Palm Academy, students don’t just walk from the drop off line to enter school – they run.  Students from PreK through grade eight are eager to come to Royal Palm Academy, where they know that teachers listen to and cherish them for who they are and who they want to become. Anchored by the Catholic values that inspired its founding, the school provides a nurturing environment that strives to educate the whole child: spiritually, academically, socially, and physically.

Through small classes and differentiated instruction, teachers – many of whom hold advanced degrees-meet the needs of each and every student.

At this time, the school seeks a new Head, effective July 1, 2016 to lead with grace and vision. The successful candidate will be a capable and proven leader who is passionate about education of the whole-child and committed to leading a community of elementary and middle school-aged students.


Since its inception, Royal Palm Academy has been committed to partnering with families in the total education and formation of their child(ren). This tradition has become an essential part of the school’s culture. RPA is fully accredited PreK-8 by:

  • Florida Catholic Conference
  • Florida Council of Independent Schools
  • Florida Kindergarten Council
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • National Association of Independent Schools


 Royal Palm Academy offers students boundless opportunities to explore their interests and passions.  Differentiated curricula at all grade levels challenge and support students in all their endeavors.  By the time they graduate, students have developed a solid academic foundation, independence, and the critical and creative thinking skills to not just attend, but to excel at the best high schools in the community.


Royal Palm Academy equips students to succeed in life through as comprehensive method of education that fosters excellence in four key areas of leadership:

  • Intellectual
  • Human Character
  • Spiritual
  • Apostolic

RPA students consistently score in the top 15% nationwide in the Stanford 10

As part of its mission to educate the whole child, Royal Palm Academy provides a comprehensive enrichment programs, offering opportunities for students to explore the visual and performing arts, Spanish language and culture, and athletics and movement.

Art classes allow students to express creativity and innovation.  They develop a wide range of fine motor skills through projects designed to help them discover the intersection of art and all their other subjects.  Using two-and three-dimensional media, students explore the visual world.

Through a focus on the performing arts, students gain comfort with public speaking and performance.

Students are introduced to another culture and language through Spanish instruction at Royal Academy. In the lower school, students’ interaction with Spanish is introductory, through song and movement.  A focus on vocabulary and grammar enhances their understanding of and facility with the language in the upper school.

Students hone their physical abilities, motor skills, and general through frequent athletic opportunities.  In the lower school, students take movement class and can play various club sports. Students continue to grow athletically in upper school through weekly physical education classes and the opportunity to compete in interscholastic sports.


Royal Palm’s enviable location in Naples, Florida provides easy access to full range of recreational and educational resources.  Naples is a city on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida that’s known for high-end shopping and golf courses.


The Next Head of Royal Palm Academy School will find a school on the move.  Over the past few years the enrollment has grown, a capital campaign completed and a gymnasium constructed. The Leadership Board is eager to continue that growth.  The school’s reputation has grown as well, and it now draws an increasingly geographically wider population of parents and students.

The parents at Royal Palm Academy are very involved in the school and very positive about its direction.  They provide significant volunteer services and serve on the governing boards and the Search Committee. They also speak highly on the Catholic education their children receive and value the dedication of the teaching staff. The next Head will need to continue to support the Catholic mission of the school, both as the lead administrator and through her/her life as a model to students.

Projects that lie ahead for the new Head of School will include working on the facilities needs of the school and increasing enrollment


The next Head of Royal Palm Academy will need to:

  • Be a Catholic in good standing;
  • Be an experienced, resourceful Catholic educational leader with proven motivational and leadership and institutional advancement abilities;
  • Be a listener, collaborator, and communicator with all constituents;
  • Love children and life in schools;
  • Understand the particular challenges of leading a Catholic school;
  • Maintain close relations with the diocese and participate in Catholic educational programs;
  • Be skillful in setting out a vision for the school’s next phase of development;
  • Be eager to work closely with involved parents.


Interested candidates should submit the following materials confidentially as separate PDF attachments in one email to:

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the Royal Palm Academy – Head of School position
  • Current resume
  • Statement  of  Catholic educational philosophy and practice
  • List of five references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will be contacted only with the candidate’s permission).