Keystone School announced Thursday that Head of School Brian Yager will step down at the end of the 2016-17 school year to take the same job at the Harker School in San Jose, Calif.

“Like Keystone, Harker School is a fantastic school,” Yager said. “It offers a continued opportunity for me to challenge myself and to make a difference in the lives of tomorrow’s leaders.”

Originally from California, Yager said that the opportunity will allow his family to live closer to extended relatives “at a time when we feel especially compelled to be closer to them.”

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Yager came to Keystone in 2010 following leadership roles at independent schools in Idaho and California. In his time at Keystone, the school has continued and strengthened its reputation as one of the most rigorous and high-performing independent schools in the country. While Yager famously dismisses school ranking systems, Keystone stays consistently near the top of such national lists as The Washington Post’s “Most Challenging High Schools in America.”  

“I am grateful for my years at Keystone and for the relationships I have built among the community of students, parents, alumni and staff that surround this incredible learning environment,” Yager said.

Jim Lindsey, the assistant head of school and business manager, will serve as Interim Head of School for the 2017-2018 school year. Lindsey has been with the school for 19 years and played leadership roles in previous transitions. Theresa Powers, head of Keystone Middle School, has been asked to serve as Interim Assistant Head of School while retaining her current position.

“We are appreciative of the service that Brian Yager has provided our school,” said Keystone School Board Chairman Darryl Byrd. “Keystone is thriving, and our people, programs, and culture are all well positioned for a successful transition to new leadership after Brian’s departure.”

At the end of the current school year, Keystone will start a national search for Yager’s successor. The school expects the search to extend through this fall. The new Head of School is expected to begin working in July 2018. Keystone is encouraging school parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and students to provide input on the search process.

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