Head of School Mr. Ron Kim is a thoughtful intellectual, a compassionate and
natural educator, and a strong administrator who is thrilled to continue to
build our joyful learning community at BASIS Independent McLean. After a
lengthy and dynamic career enriched by years of experience in all facets of
running a world-class independent school, Mr. Kim will be a prodigious asset
to our campus and all its members.
and raised in southern California, Mr. Kim received his BA in history from the
University of California at Berkeley. He then earned a Master of Arts and an
ABD in history from the University of Chicago, and began teaching at Exeter
Exeter, Mr. Kim began as a history teacher in 1994; he served on the school’s
Curriculum Review Committee and was on various other school committees as well.
Prior to becoming Assistant Principal, Mr. Kim spent four years as the Exeter’s
Dean of Faculty. He was the youngest person ever to hold that position, during
which he led 170 full-time faculty, including all twelve academic department
chairpersons. His leadership oversaw decisions surrounding hiring, evaluation,
reappointment, workload, professional development, and extracurricular and
forging the best schools in the country, he says this: "Top schools are in the
habit of constantly evaluating themselves and asking how they can do better,
and how they can create the outcomes that will enable students to succeed and
thrive... Rigorous self-inquiry is a habit of excellence, and it’s also really
enjoyable. It gives meaning to the work."
Kim’s leadership roles and extensive experience inside school communities has
led him to become a strong mentor who is passionate about delivering to
students what they need—and what they hope to gain—from their academic
endeavors. We are eager to see his incredible contributions to our community at
BASIS Independent McLean.