See why these leading schools say CalWest is the best!


Carl Sabatino, Head of School at Bridges Academy 

“CalWest is very different. We tried other approaches, but nothing was providing talent pools that we needed to ensure the quality of candidates with the unique temperament and qualifications that Bridges Academy requires. 

CalWest does pre-discussion and pre-vetting with us to find the right people for the wide range of positions we need to fill…It definitely saved me time and also gave me a better result.

CalWest brought me higher quality candidates, and … ensured that we got teachers who had personal missions that were more aligned to us. 

CalWest has an excellent handle on the personalities of schools, the communities within and around them, the outlook that different schools bring to the world and their culture…I would particularly recommend CalWest for schools that are looking for something specific in the character, quality or background of their teaching and administrative staff. 

CalWest’s level of attention can better find the right people.”


Andrew Slater, Head of School at Marin Primary and Middle School

“I worked with Lois and she spent a lot of time combing through candidates for me. She was very attuned to the kind of candidates I was looking for. I’ve worked with other search firms where that was not the case.

CalWest asked great questions and was a good listener. Lois repeated back to me what she heard and summarized it at the end to ensure that we are on the same page. It was incredibly supportive for me because I knew she was going in the direction I wanted her to go. 

After I interviewed each candidate, she would check in with me to hear how it went and how CalWest was doing in terms of matching what I was looking for.

They listen well, we were able to adjust as we went, and we were very pleased with the candidates we received.” 

Beau Lindsay, Assistant Principal for Milken Community Schools

“We were very excited about the Exclusive Search approach because CalWest was going to get to know Milken and our needs even better – each position, each department. They already knew who we were as a school, and I think we both saw this as a great opportunity to deepen that understanding.

The customized exclusive search that CalWest provided completely lived up to its promise. This was a true placement service and not a mechanism for pushing a high volume of candidates my way. For me, that meant I didn’t have to spend a lot of time triaging resumes. And when I received resumes from CalWest I knew that they had been carefully vetted to be a strong fit for our organization. 

The biggest difference with working with CalWest has been the higher level of partnership. They are really playing the role of matchmakers between schools and candidates with a refreshing degree of intensity. They are very focused on the relationships across CalWest, their client schools and the hiring candidates. I think that’s pretty cool.”