Chris Kolovos

Head of School

Chris Kolovos is the Head of School at Boston University Academy. Since joining BUA in the summer of 2020, Chris has led the school’s evolution in ways designed to serve its exceptional students and build on the school’s traditional strengths: a more global, diverse humanities curriculum that puts the Western canon in conversation with other traditions; a new academic schedule with later starts and longer class periods; a faculty evaluation and professional growth program; creation of a Director of Equity and Inclusion role; a significant increase in the numbers of faculty of color; learning opportunities for BUA students in departments and interdisciplinary centers at Boston University; emerging partnerships in the City of Boston; and a strategic vision guiding BUA’s path to 2030. A dramatic rise in applications since 2020 aligns with Chris’s commitment to ensuring that all families of exceptionally kind, curious, and capable students in the Boston area consider BUA as an option. Major increases in fundraising during Chris’s tenure have also led to a significant expansion of professional development funding, renovations to all classroom spaces, and growth in financial aid – allowing BUA to admit every qualified applicant regardless of the family’s ability to pay. 

Prior to BUA, Chris served for seven years as the Associate Head of School at Greens Farms Academy in Connecticut where he oversaw the school’s academic program. He began his teaching career at Belmont Hill School where he served for nine years as a history teacher, department chair, and Director of Global Education.

A son of Greek immigrants, Chris grew up in the Boston suburbs. He attended Roxbury Latin School and then Harvard College as a first-generation college student. He later earned a law degree at Harvard, while serving as Coordinating Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He lives outside of Boston with his wife Tracey, son Charlie, twin daughters Penny and Maggie, their dog Circe, and their cat Chester.

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