Phone: 215-517-3700


Degrees and Certifications:

• Bachelor’s degree: Economics, Vanderbilt University • Master’s degree: Secondary science education, George Washington University in 2003 • Graduate certificate: School administration and supervision, Johns Hopkins University; • Master’s degree, measurement, evaluation, statistics and assessment, University of Illinois-Chicago.

Mr. Jimmy D'Andrea, Principal, Cheltenham High School

(June 14, 2022) After an extensive search and interview process, Mr. James D’Andrea has been appointed as the principal of Cheltenham High School, effective Friday, July 1, 2022. The board voted to approve his appointment at the Tuesday, June 14 legislative board meeting. 

“Mr. D’Andrea is a collaborative, results-driven leader who is committed to working with students, staff, parents/guardians and the community to build on the many successes that Cheltenham High School has achieved,” said CSD Superintendent Dr. Brian W. Scriven. “He is passionate about fostering a welcoming and equitable learning environment grounded in high expectations.”

Mr. D’Andrea comes to the Cheltenham School District with 21 years of experience in public education. From 2001 to 2007, he served as a science teacher, grade-level team leader, and academy coordinator at Anacostia Senior High School in Washington, D.C. For the past 15 years, he has served as an administrator in the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools as a high school assistant principal, middle school principal, high school principal, and school system chief of staff. During his tenure as principal of Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland, his notable successes included an increase in graduation rates and improved results on student and staff climate surveys. Notably, Northwest High School is one of the largest and most diverse high schools in Maryland with more than 2,500 students in grades 9-12.