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Welcome from Dr. Erickson

Thank you for taking time to visit our website and learn about our school. As you watch videos, browse photos, and read about our program, you’ll become acquainted with engaged, active, and joyful student-learners.

You’ll meet their teachers – dedicated early-learning and elementary educators and life-long learners in their own right whose commitment to academic excellence is matched with extraordinary care for children and their growth.

You’ll hear from their parents, as well, who partner closely with the school and show their commitment and generosity every day, in ways big and small.

You will read about the core values and mission that ground our school, tie us to the legacy of our visionary founders, and establish a moral foundation for PBS alumni who are making a difference in their communities.

Phillips Brooks School distinguishes itself with a unique combination of academic strength and an emphasis on emotional intelligence. This approach to program excellence ensures that PBS children flourish because we pay attention to them as individual learners, in partnership with their families. PBS students graduate as confident and empowered learners.

I invite you to visit so that you and your family can experience first-hand this extraordinary school and our beautiful campus. Come see the excitement on students’ faces, experience their teachers’ enthusiasm, and feel the strong sense of community.


Dr. Scott Erickson
Head of School
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P.S. If you’re looking for a place to start your exploration of our site, you might want to read Where We Begin – a description of our Early Learning Center and Kindergarten Programs – or take a look at the 10 Things We Know and Love About PBS.

ENGAGE: Notes from Scott

Scott Erickson has been Head of School at PBS since 2011. He has focused on curriculum growth, faculty support and professional development, expanding parent and community relationships, partnering with the board to strengthen the school’s financial position, and developing and implementing the school’s Strategic Action Plan (2012). Scott also established a new faculty compensation system, developed our new full-day program in the Early Learning Center, and created a new review process to strengthen curriculum and advance program initiatives. He serves on the Board at Children’s Day School in San Francisco and on the Bay Area Advisory Council for Common Sense Media. 

Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Scott was Middle School Director and Director of Studies at the National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington DC. While there, he restructured faculty recruitment, created a middle school handbook, and collaborated with colleagues at St. Albans School for Boys on the coordinate program in the middle school years. Scott began his independent school career in 1998 as teacher, chaplain, and humanities department chair at St. Paul’s School, a coeducational 9-12 boarding school in New Hampshire. While there, he created a new review progress for the humanities department, expanded curricular offerings, served as dorm parent, and co-chaired the school’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Scott is passionate about working with children, young people, and teachers. He wants students to have a high-quality learning experience in school so they love learning and have fun. An Iowa native, he has an undergraduate degree in music with a focus on piano and organ. He holds a doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden and is the author of several articles and books. He has presented workshops and written articles on head of school evaluation, faculty engagement, curriculum development, and strategies to improve a school’s competitive position. Scott enjoys reading, public speaking, projects at home, exercise, traveling, and time with family, friends, and pets.

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