Head of School Search

The International School of the Peninsula is currently searching for a new Head of School for the fall of 2020. In conjunction with ISTP's Search Committee (a sub commitee of the Board of Trustees), this international search for an outstanding leader is being conducted by the world-renowned search firm, RG175.

ISTP is one of the longest running bilingual programs in the country, with 40 years of experience in providing an exceptional bilingual education in Silicon Valley. We thank you for your interest in ISTP and our search for a visionary leader with an international mindset.

Head Search Timeline

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  • March 2019

    Finalist Selection

    The Search Committee narrows the candidate pool and begins preliminary screening and interviews.

    Later, three finalists were selected and are scheduled to visit ISTP on separate dates, to meet the community. The community has been asked to participate in Forums with each finalist. This is an opportunity for families to meet each finalist, speak to them, and have a question and answer session. 

  • February 2019

    Candidate Interest
    ISTP's reputation as one of the leading private international schools draws interest from candidates worldwide. The Board of Trustees' Search Committee, led by Board Vice-Chair, Stephen Kim, begins review of the candidate pool.
  • October 2018

    Head Search Begins

    Longtime Head of School, Philippe Dietz, announces his retirement in 2020. Board of Trustees partners with RG175, world-renowned international school leadership search firm. RG175 visits ISTP community, meets with senior administrators, faculty, and parent groups, and invites community to help inform the creation of a Positioning Statement. This Positioning Statement describes the school's mission, values, and the qualities necessary for ISTP's Head of School.


List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. How will the ISTP community be kept informed about the search?

    A. The Board of Trustees' Search and Communications Committees will be providing updates to the community on a quarterly basis. This is in addition to the upcoming Town Hall event in January.
  • Q. Who will make the final hiring decision?

    A. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the hiring and evaluation of ISTP's Head of School.
  • Q. What is the timeline for the search?

    A. RG175, the firm assisting with the search for ISTP's next leader, will begin their discovery and survey phase in November 2018. It is anticipated that a new Head of School will be hired prior to the summer of 2019. Philippe Dietz, ISTP's current Head of School, will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year (June 2020). 
  • Q. Who will be involved in the search? Will you ask the community for input?

    A. The entire ISTP community is welcome to provide input into the search. RG175 has deployed a survey to all constituents, past and present, and will meet with ISTP's Board, administrative leadership team, and faculty and staff, in addition to holding an open session for any interested parents. 

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