Head of Arizona's Orme School Steps Down

Alyce Brownridge resigns after 24 years at Arizona college prep school.

Online PR News – 22-May-2011 – – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2011

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Alyce Brownridge, head of school for the Orme School of Arizona, steps down this week after 24 years of service.

She started her tenure alongside her husband Dennis, also a teacher, in the spring of 1987 as a science teacher. They made their home on Orme's beautiful 300 acre campus, as most faculty do, and they started a family, with the birth of their daughter Ellie, who attended Orme's elementary school, and today is part of Orme's graduating class for 2011.

"I had no intention of being an administrator for most of my years," Brownridge said. "I started out as a teacher and lead the outdoor program with my husband." After several years teaching full time she took on additional administrative assignments. She developed the school's internet system in the 1990's as the director of technology, and served as chair of the science and computer science departments. Later she took on administrative roles as dean of studies, academic dean, and associate head of school. Then in 2006 the school's board of trustees appointed Alyce Brownridge as head of school.

She has played a major part in the Arizona independent school movement as a member of the Arizona Association of Independent Schools, and is a member of the Chambers of Commerce in Prescott, and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Brownridge is moving back home this summer to San Anselmo in northern California. A career educator, she will continue working in private education at San Domenico School as the upper division head of school.

In honor of her dedicated service to Orme, Alyce Brownridge will be the commencement speaker at Orme School's graduation to be held this Saturday morning on the Orme campus, at 10 a.m., May 21, 2011.


The Orme School is a non-profit, college preparatory boarding school located in northern Arizona on a beautiful 300 acre campus which is nestled within a 26,000 acre historic, working cattle ranch. For more information go online at www.ormeschool.org.