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About Sant Bani School

About Sant Bani School

Welcome Message From Head of School Dan Love

Dan Love, Head of School
Dan Love

Head of School
Appointed 2020

Welcome to Sant Bani School!  I am so glad you are interested in learning more about our School and gaining a glimpse into our philosophy, values, programming, and methodology behind providing children with a holistic education. 

I am a lifelong educator, having worked as an Outward Bound Instructor and at a variety of schools both in the United States and abroad; I have chosen a life in education because I believe in the power of inquiry learning and in molding tomorrow’s leaders.  One of my stops was at nearby New Hampton School, during which time my wife Amy, also a lifelong educator, taught at Sant Bani School and our sons were students here.  We quickly learned what a special place Sant Bani School is, and we could not be more excited to be returning to the School following our time in India.  Simply put, we believe in everything Sant Bani School stands for and I am honored by the privilege to be Head of School.

At Sant Bani School, one of our founding principles is to “understand and appreciate that every person is unique and, as such, that there is something to learn from everyone.”  Seeing our students, teachers, and alumni demonstrate this principle on a daily basis is a constant affirmation of one of the many things that makes a Sant Bani School education unique.  I invite you to browse the website to see how Sant Bani School can be the right fit for your family.

All my best,
Dan Love

Meet Sant Bani School

Sant Bani School is an independent K-8 day school with an attached Pre-School in central New Hampshire. Our students gain self-confidence and a passion for learning through an integrated program of academics, creative arts, athletics, and service to others. Believing there is something to learn from everyone, we create a diverse community by interacting in mixed-age groups and practicing respect for self and others. These elements, combined with small classes and a connection to nature, produce a learning environment unique to SBS.

Our campus is located three miles from Interstate 93 – Exit 22 and is within 30 minutes of Concord, Plymouth, New Hampton, Bristol, Andover, Tilton, Franklin, and Laconia.  Surrounded by 200-acres of woods and fields, the School’s location allows for students to enjoy ample outdoor time each day.  

The school is a member of AISNE (the  Association of Independent Schools in New England) and is accredited with NEASC (the New England Association of Schools and Colleges).  Sant Bani School is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt educational organization and is fully approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education.

History
Sant Bani School was founded in 1973 as an elementary school with six students, and rapidly grew to include a high school. Due to changing demographics, the high school closed in June 2015 so the School could focus on providing a best-in-class K-8 program.  In 2018, the Little Swans Preschool opened its doors to add a pre-school component to Sant Bani School. 

Initially an outgrowth of Sant Bani Ashram, a spiritual retreat center, the School became an independent organization in 1983. While the School and the Ashram are separate organizations, they continue to coexist harmoniously as neighbors. Sant Bani School does not apply pressure on anyone to accept a certain set of beliefs. Students and faculty of all backgrounds are welcome. In fact, one of the School’s founding principles is that truth can thrive only when there is freedom of thought and expression. SBS provides a high-level, comprehensive educational experience while also recognizing the value of the spirit and the unique gifts each member of the school community brings.

 

Founding Head of School Kent Bicknell P’87 ’93 remained the Head of Sant Bani School for 44 years before retiring in 2017.  A 1965 New Hampton School graduate, Kent and his wife Karen, a longtime SBS employee, returned to New Hampton following their retirement from Sant Bani School and have remained actively invested in SBS life.  In 2018, Kent authored the book Stepping Stones: The First Five Years of Sant Bani School (1973 – 1978), which chronicles the School’s founding and early growth.   

 

Philosophy
Both the Ashram and the School were founded under the direction of a spiritual teacher from India, Sant Kirpal Singh (1894-1974). The School also received the guidance and wisdom of Sant Kirpal Singh’s successor, Sant Ajaib Singh (1926-1997), for twenty-one years. Core educational beliefs laid out by Sant Kirpal Singh and supported by Sant Ajaib Singh include:

 

  • Each one of us is unique. There is a divine purpose behind the life of everyone who comes into the world. We have something to learn from everyone.
  • The best education is that which teaches us that the end of knowledge is service.
  • This ‘service’ is another name for love and fellowship, which constitute the very essence of personal and social life.
  • It is a constant association with gentle forces which breeds virtuous persons.
  • A child is the center of creative life, and needs to be opened as a flower is opened, gently, by sympathy, not by force.
  • The real aim of education is to develop the character and individuality of the pupil’s mind, will, and soul power.

As such, the School operates under the following Core Principles as laid out by Sant Kirpal Singh and Sant Ajaib Singh to be sustained in perpetuity by the School:

  • Understand and appreciate that every person is unique and, as such, that there is something to learn from everyone.
  • Pursue learning with the objective of being better able to help others. The school-wide service-learning program brings this principle to life.
  • Demonstrate kindness to and respect for all living things. The practice of requiring vegetarian meals during school and at school events reflects this principle on a daily basis.

Sant Bani School Mission
Sant Bani School is built on the belief that we have something to learn from everyone. Surrounded by nature, we create a diverse community where respect for all living things is central. Our mission is to provide a high-level, comprehensive educational experience while also recognizing the value of the spirit. With small classes, committed faculty, and an emphasis on collaboration and service to others, Sant Bani School teaches students to Be Good, Do Good, Be One.

 

We value:

  • An open, judgment-free environment that builds confidence and encourages curiosity and creativity
  • Academic, social and emotional learning
  • Collaboration and critical thinking
  • Mutual respect, fairness and inclusiveness
  • Service to others, connecting empathy and generosity of spirit with action
  • Nature and the experience of being outdoors
  • Quiet time, simplicity and reflection
  • Expanding students' horizons and connecting with the world around us
  • Having fun together

Officers
* President: Christopher Bicknell ’87 P’21 ’25
* Vice President: Lisa Craig ’00
* Treasurer: Charlie Boynton
* Secretary: Open

 

Members
* Sarah DeBenedictis P’22 ’27  
* Kris Freeman ’99
* Katherine Raphaelson P’21 ’24

 

Emeritus Trustees
* Kent Bicknell P’87 ’93, G’21 ’25 - Founding Head of School
* Judith Davidson P’87 ’89 ’94
* Shep Erhart P’93
* Richmond Mayo-Smith G’00 ’08 (decd.)
* Russell Perkins P’79  
* O. Whitman Smith – President Emeritus

Sant Bani School believes we have something to learn from everyone and commits to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community for students, families, alumni, employees, the Board of Trustees, and the broader community in which they feel safe, valued, and known. With the founding principles of service learning, the idea that every person is unique, and the demonstration of kindness and respect to each living thing, Sant Bani School values diversity in all areas. We recognize the role that education plays in creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive world. We will work to foster courage and skills to speak against individuals, actions, and institutions which hurt or hinder the lives of others. We remain continually engaged with this work and know that it will always require reflection and advocacy.

Sant Bani School does not discriminate in any of its educational programs, activities or employment practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, race, creed, religion, color, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or disability in compliance with the Provisions of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1974 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sant Bani Ashram and its surrounding land was established as a sanctuary for living creatures, and, beyond the obvious restrictions against hunting and fishing, there is also the practice of following a vegetarian diet. This diet, a means to cause as little harm as possible, is practiced in the School as well. While students and families are not asked to change their diets outside of school, it is required that all food brought to and consumed on campus or as part of any school functions, be vegetarian.

Visitors often wonder about the name Sant Bani. There are several possible interpretations from the ancient Sanskrit language; in its simplest explanation, it means the "Song of the Spirit".

Ashram is a generic term used to describe a place of retreat, prayer, and service. Thus Sant Bani Ashram could be defined as a retreat place (Ashram) dedicated to the Song of the Spirit. 

In our rural setting, hundreds of shoes going in and out each day can track in a lot of dirt! We wear indoor shoes to help keep our buildings cleaner. 

The school day begins at 8:30 and ends at 3:30. An optional extended-day enrichment program runs until 4:30 Monday through Thursday.

Staff Directory

Work At Sant Bani School

Sant Bani School fosters a collegial and creative work environment where everyone is committed to creating the best experience for our students.  The School seeks passionate, creative, experienced educators and professionals who excel in collaborative environments. Sant Bani provides benefits to employees working 80% or more of full-time.

Resumes submitted when there are no current openings will be held on file for one year, but should be re-submitted if an opening occurs that you are interested in. Please check back often, as any job openings will be posted here. 
 
Sant Bani School is an equal opportunity employer.  We hire without consideration to race, color, national origin, age, sex, race, creed, religion, color, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or disability.
 

For immediate consideration, please email cover letter, resume, and three current letters of recommendation to Dan Love, Head of School: dan@santbani.org. Please include the name of the position for which you are applying in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Open Positions

Full Time

 

FLSA: Exempt

 

Description: Teachers at Sant Bani School believe in the development of the whole child. They provide a developmentally designed, nurturing atmosphere of educational inquiry, built on the belief that we have something to learn from everyone. 

 

The Teaching Fellows contribute positively to the culture of the school by providing assistance with PK-8 classes, helping the teaching staff build and maintain strong positive classrooms, participating in school activities, and assisting in issues relating to the well-being of students during their time at school.

 

Work Expectations

  • Monday through Thursday  8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
  • One Friday a month from 3:30pm - 5:00pm for All Staff Meeting

Reports to: Director of Educational Programs

 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Classroom and small group teaching as assigned
  • Serving as a model for students: supporting and complying with school policies and rules, and participating in the spirit of the school community
  • Assisting teachers with classroom management
  • Participating in three all-school service days per year
  • Student academic support and tutoring
  • Working with teachers in evaluating student progress and gains
  • Proctoring assessments
  • Helping with any off campus / outdoor activities scheduled during the school day, including recess, field trips and winter activities, etc.
  • Subbing as assigned
  • Lunch and recess duties as assigned
  • Monitoring and managing student’s non-scheduled time
  • Afterschool enrichment duty
  • All other duties as assigned by the Director of Educational Programs

Full Time

 

FLSA: Exempt 

 

Work Hours:  Typical hours Monday through Thursday 8 am - 3:10 pm, Friday 8 am - 3:30 pm, plus enrichment blocks (3:10 pm - 4:30 pm) and other times as assigned by the Head of School.

 

Reports to: Director of Educational Programs

 

Description: Full-time faculty members assume responsibilities in teaching, lunch and recess duties, STEAMS blocks, clubs, after school enrichment programs, committee work and professional development as assigned.  PK-5 faculty oversee grade level classes.  Teachers in Grades 6 - 8 oversee 5 academic classes per day, excluding STEAMS.  Co-curricular faculty oversee PK/K - 8 as assigned.  

 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides high quality, engaging lessons for students that reflect best practices
  • Ensures availability to students throughout the academic day for consultation or extra help
  • Promptly assesses, evaluates and provides feedback on student work
  • Creates course overviews for each teaching assignment
  • Prepares and submits grades, narratives and course descriptions each trimester 
  • Serves as a model for students: Supports and complies with school policies and rules, and participates in the spirit of the school community
  • Communicates with parents on a regular basis
  • Attends faculty meetings and other meetings, as requested
  • Participates in all-school service days
  • Serves on committees
  • Prepares and implements enrichment blocks 
  • Plans and implements club programs
  • Participates in professional development opportunities
  • Uses designated technology to communicate and highlight student work
  • Attends all grade level performances, showcases, activities, and parent teacher conferences
  • Participates in STEAMS blocks, as assigned
  • Complies with all policies and procedures delineated in the Employee and Parent-Student Handbook
  • All other duties as assigned

Part Time

 

FLSA: Exempt 

 

Work Hours:  As assigned and agreed upon by Head of School

 

Reports to: Director of Educational Programs

 

Description: Part-time faculty members assume responsibilities in teaching, lunch and recess duties, STEAMS blocks, clubs, after school enrichment programs, committee work and professional development as assigned.  PK-5 faculty oversee grade level classes.  Teachers in Grades 6 - 8 oversee 5 academic classes per day, excluding STEAMS.  Co-curricular faculty oversee PK/K - 8 as assigned.  

 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides high quality, engaging lessons for students that reflect best practices
  • Ensures availability to students throughout the academic day for consultation or extra help
  • Promptly assesses, evaluates and provides feedback on student work
  • Creates course overviews for each teaching assignment
  • Prepares and submits grades, narratives and course descriptions each trimester 
  • Serves as a model for students: supports and complies with school policies and rules, and participates in the spirit of the school community
  • Communicates with parents on a regular basis
  • Attends faculty meetings and other meetings, as requested
  • Participates in all-school service days
  • Serves on committees
  • Prepares and implements enrichment blocks 
  • Plans and implements club programs
  • Participates in professional development opportunities
  • Uses designated technology to communicate and highlight student work
  • Attends all grade level performances, showcases, activities, and parent teacher conferences
  • Participates in STEAMS blocks, as assigned
  • Complies with all policies and procedures delineated in the Employee and Parent-Student Handbook
  • All other duties as assigned

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