Aspiring School Leaders Program

January 2021-June 2021 | Online

Program full for early 2021.
Interested candidates may apply for the waiting list below.

This six-month, online school leader training program aims to prepare classroom teachers to move into school leadership positions in Catholic liberal arts schools. The need for leaders in this spreading renewal is growing quickly. In response to frequent requests, the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education is launching this effort, led by Mr. Danny Flynn, principal of St. Jerome Academy in Hyattsville, MD, who also serves as an ICLE Consultant. 

The program will include an in-depth study of the following topics:

  • 1. Mission Statements
  • 2. Parent Education And Faculty Formation 
  • 3. Curriculum Integration 
  • 4. Prayer and culture 
  • 5. Enrollment Management And Marketing 
  • 6. Hiring and Managing staff

Format: Two monthly meetings will take place the second and fourth week of each month for 60-90 minutes in a time slot outside of normal school hours. Each month, an assignment will be given to reinforce the topics and put them into action. During the course of the program, participants will also receive two one-on-one advising sessions with the program leader. An ICLE Certificate of Completion will be awarded for successful completion of the program.

Application process: Due to the limited size of this program, the cohort will be determined on an application basis. Preference will be given to those who display a sincere desire to learn and grow and whose experience will contribute to the collective wisdom of the cohort.

Applications were due by December 6, 2020. Notifications of acceptance status will be sent December 12.

Cost: $2,500 (can be paid in installments according to your needs)
We have found that many benefactors, having led successful initiatives of their own, appreciate the importance of intensive leadership development and quality mentorship. With that in mind, we are happy to assist accepted applicants in acquiring funding by providing sponsorship letters (see sample below), promotional materials, referrals, etc.

Additionally, aspiring school leaders should be aware that some schools may be able to fund professional development via Federal Title funding. Importantly, see HERE for a recent policy letter from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos indicating that such funding for secular services from religious organizations does not violate the Establishment clause. If you have questions regarding Title funding, please feel free to contact us at for guidance.

For more information on the ICLE Aspiring School Leaders Academy,
contact Danny Flynn:

Meet your mentor:

Danny Flynn 

Mr. Flynn is uniquely qualified to guide others based on the lessons of his own experience. He taught for six years at St. Jerome Academy after it became the first diocesan school in the country to adopt a classical liberal arts approach; he then stepped into the principal’s role in 2016. Under his leadership, the Pre-K through 8 school has continued to thrive and expand. The school’s enrollment, which started at 230 in 2009, is returning to a two-track system and will reach capacity of 525 in 2026. As an ICLE flagship member school, St. Jerome frequently hosts our School Leaders Forum, to showcase the approach in action.

2021 Program Waitlist
Please upload a single document in PDF format that addresses the following questions: 1) Briefly describe your background in Catholic liberal education. 2) Why are you interested in the Aspiring School Leaders Program? What do you hope to gain from the program? 3) One of the primary benefits of this program is the opportunity to be a part of a small cohort of like-minded colleagues with a unique array of strengths and experience. Why would you be a valuable addition to the cohort?
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