Navigator Schools Announces New CEO and Superintendent

Navigator Schools is pleased to announce Dr. Caprice Young has been selected to become the new Chief Executive Officer and Superintendent of Navigator Schools.  

Dr. Young was a unanimous choice of Navigator’s board of directors.  She will start her new position July 18, 2023.  Young was chosen after a national search and a review process that included board members, Navigator staff, parents, and members of the community. 

“I am proud that Navigator’s success and reputation enabled us to attract someone the caliber of Caprice,” said John Flaherty, the Navigator board chair.  “Caprice will put our students first, while reaching out to parents and staff to build on Navigator’s award-winning performance. She will strengthen Navigator’s connections in the communities we serve.”

Among her several accomplishments, Caprice headed the Los Angeles Unified School District Board, and was the CEO/Superintendent of the Inner City Education Fund (ICEF) Public Schools, a group of public charter schools that has become a leader in closing the achievement gap among minority students. 

“I love Navigator Schools and am honored to serve Navigator’s families, staff, and communities. Everyone is committed to excellence and joy in education,” said Dr. Young, “Navigator has built an inspiring foundation of student success!” 

An accomplished leader in the education field and business sector, Dr. Young graduated from Yale University, received her masters from USC, and her doctorate from UCLA.  She is a published author, a university lecturer, and in 2003 was the founding CEO and president of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) which ensures public charter schools like Navigator maintain the opportunity to educate California students. 

Founded in 2011, Navigator operates Gilroy Prep, Hayward Collegiate, Hollister Prep, and Watsonville Prep. Navigator serves a diverse student body in the Bay Area and northern Central Coast region of California,  bringing academic success to traditionally underserved students, including English learners, low income students, students with disabilities, and students that are foster youth or homeless.