Roycemore Announces New Head of School

Chair of Roycemore's Board of Trustees Thomas Ellis has announced that Adrianne Finley Odell will be Roycemore's next Head of School beginning July 1, 2017. Adrianne has spent the last 14 years as an independent school administrator and will be joining Roycemore from her current role as Assistant Head of School at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she has built a reputation as an adept facilitator, collaborator and leader focused on innovative education. At Shorecrest Adrianne has led strategic planning and master facilities planning, oversaw two multi-million dollar capital campaigns, led faculty through a re-design of an evaluation system to better support teaching and learning, and most recently has been working with faculty to integrate more interdisciplinary and project-based learning in the curriculum. Adrianne previously served as Director of Advancement at Shorecrest and Director of Development at The Calverton School in Huntingtown, Maryland. Early in her career Adrianne was part of the start-up non-profit that worked with the United States Navy to relocate the Battleship Missouri to Pearl Harbor and turn it into a memorial museum.

Adrianne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies/Economics from The Ohio State University and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Adrianne grew up in Columbus, Ohio.

"It is a true honor to have the confidence of the community to lead an education institution like Roycemore that honors its many traditions as a 100-year old school while embracing the important innovations necessary to prepare each student for success in the 21st century. Roycemore has significant strengths that provide a solid foundation to forge an exciting and successful 'next chapter' together.  I can't wait to begin working together to support our students," Adrianne states.

Roycemore School's Board of Trustees would like to convey its heartfelt thanks to Clark Daggett who has provided outstanding service as our Interim Head of School this past year and previously on our Board of Trustees.

Welcome to Roycemore School

We are a diverse, vibrant preK-12 independent school in the heart of Evanston offering student-centered, differentiated educational opportunities across all grade levels. If you are seeking an environment that engages, challenges, supports, and encourages its students, Roycemore should be of great interest to you.

Scholarship, Integrity, Respect, Community, and Compassion are the core values that guide all of our school’s programs–academic, athletic, co-curricular–to ensure that we, as an institution, strive to bring out the best in all of us, every day. Such an ambitious goal is attainable when students understand clearly what is expected of them and when they work with teachers who are invested in their success, teachers who will work tirelessly to help students meet high standards of effort and behavior.  Effective education is a person-to-person enterprise at Roycemore School, where we are committed to creating productive, affirming relationships between students and teachers.  We believe strongly that students are far less likely to disappoint teachers whose respect they value, and in that process, students are unlikely then to disappoint themselves.

From Roycemore School, our students can go anywhere, and a look at our college list reveals that fact. Even more important is the daily experience of learning and growing in a culture of encouragement where everybody is somebody every day, anonymity is not an option, and mutual respect forms the basis of all relationships. This can only happen when teachers, students, and parents work together to form a strong sense of community and therein lies the strength and the advantage of becoming a member of our school family.

Please contact our admissions office and schedule a visit to see our school in action and experience what a powerfully positive environment we offer to our students. It may be just what you have been looking for!


Clark J. Daggett
Interim Headmaster