Headmaster Announcement

To the BAA Community:

On behalf of the Boston Arts Academy Board of Trustees, we are excited to announce that Anne R. Clark has been selected as Headmaster of Boston Arts Academy (BAA). Following an extensive nationwide search, both the Headmaster Search Committee and Board of Trustees unanimously recommended Ms. Clark to Superintendent Johnson, who appointed her as Headmaster last week.

Ms. Clark is a founding BAA faculty member, former Academic Dean and Associate Head of School, and held the position of Interim Headmaster since September 2012. Having been with the school since 1998 she brings a deep commitment to helping our students and alumni realize their potential as Artists, Scholars, and Citizens.

Ms. Clark is a passionate supporter of arts-based education and is uniquely positioned to lead BAA, a school founded on the conviction that academics and arts are equally important to student development and achievement. At BAA, she has fostered innovative school-wide reforms that have both increased student achievement and been implemented throughout Boston Public Schools. Ms. Clark has published on many topics, including the strengths of an arts-based curriculum and inclusion practices.

As Interim Headmaster of BAA for the past six months, Ms. Clark has ably led the school. She quickly improved school facilities through a volunteer-staffed painting project, oversaw a new “discipline” approach, and implemented an organizational structure that has empowered other administrators and teachers. Ms. Clark is currently finalizing a new five-year Strategic Plan with the Board of Trustees.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard/Radcliffe College and a Mellon Foundation Fellow for the Humanities, she holds her Master’s in English and American Literature and is A.B.D in literary theory and instruction, both from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Ms. Clark has been recognized locally and nationally for her teaching and educational leadership, including being named a finalist for the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year in 2007 and receiving the distinguished Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award in 2008.

Much is being planned over the next five years that will include a proposed renovation of our existing facility, expansion of course offerings, and sharing the best practices of BAA to an ever-wider audience. We look forward to Anne Clark’s continued leadership as Headmaster of Boston Arts Academy.


Tony James, Chair, Boston Arts Academy Board of Trustees and  Kay Sloan, Chair, Boston Arts Academy Search Committee


“Anne Clark has proven that she is the best leader for Boston Arts Academy. The arts play such an important role in our students’ education and we are proud of the model BAA has created and will continue to strengthen under Anne’s leadership.”
– Dr. Carol Johnson, Superintendent, Boston Public School


“Anne is a dynamic leader who is  committed to the mission of the school, having helped to create it. She is a strong advocate of the arts in education and will bring new vision and energy to all that BAA offers.”
– Linda Nathan, Founding Headmaster, Boston Arts Academy


“I am so proud that BAA will have such a strong advocate of our students and families in Anne. She cares about the wellness of each of our students, adults and greater community.”
– Carmen Torres, Former Co-Headmaster, Boston Arts Academy