Chatsworth Hills Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of Hans Peter Metzger as new Head of School, effective July 1. Metzger replaces Adrian Allan who established CHA as the first International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) in the San Fernando Valley. CHA is currently a candidate for the Middle Years Programme with full accreditation expected in the fall of 2018 under Metzer’s leadership.
“My goal is to provide a globally focused educational program that enables each student to grow to his or her maximum potential, with a focus on both high academic achievement and personal growth, while inspiring a desire to make a positive contribution to society,” said Metzger. “I have missed working in the IB programme, which I have found in my career to be the gold standard of learning for a 21st century education. The families sending their children to CHA are fortunate to have this program available to them and I’m very thrilled with my move.”
Metzger’s 31 year career as an educational leader has included working in outstanding progressive schools in both the USA and Europe. For the past six years he has been the Head of School at The Saklan School in Moraga, California, which is characterized by a culture of strong community, personal growth, academic achievement, and a focus on creativity. Metzger also led the German-American International School (now called The Alto International School) in Menlo Park, California. This bilingual immersion school is one of the premier IB World Schools in the Silicon Valley and Metzger was responsible for the implementation of both the PYP and MYP programmes. His career included positions in Italy as Director of the International School of Trieste and International School of Udine, as well as Director of Activities and Middle/High School teacher at International College Spain, one of the first IB schools in Spain. He has taught upper Elementary as well as Middle School math, social studies, language arts and physical education. He has been on numerous accreditation teams in California and Europe, and was on the Executive Board of the Mediterranean Association of International Schools.
“We were very lucky to have a number of excellent, well-qualified, and prominent choices for Head of School, who found CHA’s 40 year history an irresistible draw,” said Robert Mitas, CHA Board of Trustees President. “Our goal was to find someone who can continue to grow and develop the IB Programme at our school. Peter’s talent, vision, commitment, and extensive experience with the IB Programme make him a perfect fit to lead CHA.”
Please join us in welcoming Peter to the CHA community.