Parnassus Preparatory School was founded by three parents, Ms. Laura Miranda Bottenfield, Mr. Greg Friess, and Ms. Heather Ross. The mission and vision they established for Parnassus continues to shape and influence the culture and leadership of the school. Parnassus is governed by the Board of Directors with support from Board committees. The Board policies are implemented by the Executive Director.
The Board of Directors
The primary function of the Board is to uphold and support the vision, mission, and philosophy of Parnassus Preparatory School. All decisions are made considering the school’s mission, philosophy, goals, and objectives. Parnassus Preparatory School’s framework document is the touchstone of all decisions. The Board must ensure its quality classical educational program is provided to all students at the school. Every decision or action taken by the Board must be made in the best interest of all Parnassus students — not what is in the interest of the Board, staff, or parents. The Board is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the school. The Board operates as a policy-maker and is a governing board.
Standing Committees of the Board
Parnassus Preparatory School’s standing committees are active or dormant per the request and needs of the Board. Committees have objectives, strategies, and a preferred set of experiences, skills, and backgrounds for participation in order to better serve the Board. Committees do not have voting power, but make recommendations to the Board. They report to the Board of Directors and must comply with the Open Meeting Law.
- Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee
- Governance, Nominating, and Policies Committee
- Munera pro Parnassus Committee (Fundraising)
Advisory Groups have non-voting power, work at the request of the Executive Director or Board of Directors in support of school needs, and do not comply with Open Meeting Law.
The Executive Director
The Executive Director is the intellectual, academic leader of the school with a philosophical understanding of the classical Trivium liberal arts education. The Executive Director implements the curriculum as defined by the classical Trivium liberal arts tradition and is accountable to the Board of Directors. While the primary focus of this role is of the academic leader, the Executive Director is also responsible for overseeing all general operations, financial management, and establishing the overall culture of the school.