Scott Given

Founder and Head of School, Croft Providence; Co-Founder, Croft Boston


“They may not be household names like Elon Musk or Sheryl Sandberg, but throughout the country… education innovators are inspiring fellow educators and improving education for America’s students. These are innovators like Scott Given who has launched new public schools that are quadrupling students’ proficiency levels.” - U.S. Secretary of Education, October 2015

Scott has worked as an award-winning educator for more than fifteen years: as a teacher, Principal, and nonprofit founder and leader. Most recently, Scott founded and led a nonprofit education organization that opened six highly-acclaimed schools, serving more than 3,000 students, throughout Massachusetts. The nonprofit was named the National Education Reform Organization of the year in 2012.  Before this, Scott was the Principal of a charter public middle school in Boston. During the final year of Scott’s tenure at the school, its students were the top-achieving math and reading students among any public middle school in Massachusetts, at the time an unprecedented accomplishment for any urban public school in Massachusetts history.  Scott started his education career as a high school history teacher and athletics coordinator.  Before working in education, Scott served as a management consultant. Scott is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School. He completed the prestigious Broad Academy Fellowship in 2015-2016.  Scott resides with his wife Sarah, two sons (Parker and Teddy), and their golden-doodle Henry (who makes an occasional appearance at Croft).