Our mission: The Raleigh School is a cooperative community of children, parents and teachers that fosters a love of learning in an atmosphere of challenge, inquiry and respect.

Head of School & Board of Trustees

All children deserve a school like the Raleigh School. Throughout my career, I have been deeply passionate about education that cultivates learners who are:

  • critical and creative thinkers,
  • strong collaborators,
  • curious learners,
  • and kind, respectful, and empathetic young people.

The Raleigh School offers exactly that type of education. I consider myself fortunate to have found such a school, and I hope that you will visit us and discover this extraordinary community.


Bud Lichtenstein, Head of School

B.A., History, Wesleyan University
M.A.L.S, Wesleyan University

Bud joined The Raleigh School in July 2011. He has worked as a teacher or administrator since 1982 in both public and independent schools, elementary and high school. Before coming to The Raleigh School, he was the Director of The Common School in Amherst, MA, for 17 years. Bud and his wife, Kathleen, love to hike, explore the wonders of North Carolina, read on the beach, and spend time with their two grown sons.

2017-2018 Board of Trustees

As an independent school, The Raleigh School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. A board of trustees governs the school and meets monthly. Meetings are open to the school community.

Allan Acton
Kelly Beatty
Stacy Bennett
Erika Canady
Michael Capps
Byinna Crowder
Manal El-Ramly
Mark Friedman
Bob Greczyn
Randall Lague
Alexa McCarron
Sharat Nagaraj
Lisa Patel
Andrea Staffhorst
Frank Thompson
Missy Warren
Sarah Woodson

Ex officio

Head of School Bud Lichtenstein
Elementary Director Mary Golden
Preschool Director Elizabeth Gilleland