For the 2008-09 school year, Dr. Susan Karpicke and Mrs. Glenna Lykens were named as Interim Co-Heads of School as Sycamore embarked on a search for a new permanent Head of School. Dr. Karpicke, who is currently Director of Admissions, and Mrs. Lykens, who is Head of Lower School, continued in those roles as they worked with the administrative team to provide leadership until the new Head of School was in place.
In December 2008, Diane Borgmann was named the fifth Head of School at Sycamore, effective July 1, 2009. Mrs. Borgmann returns to the Sycamore community she had been an integral part of for eleven years. She was the first Head of Lower School at Sycamore beginning in July of 1994 and continued in that role until June of 2005, adding the additional responsibilities of Associate Head of School in 2001. She and her husband, Bob, have three sons who are Sycamore graduates. Her intimate knowledge of, and commitment to, gifted education made her a natural selection to lead Sycamore. Her knowledge and contacts in the gifted community are valuable assets in Sycamore’s work.
In 2015-16, Borgmann and the board oversaw the launch of an ambitious $5.7 million capital campaign. The support from Sycamore friends and family was tremendous, and the school exceeded their goal by the end of the 2016-17 school year. The money raised was used for the construction of new spaces within the school, renovation of needed existing areas of the building, and growth of a financial aid endowment to benefit students who cannot afford to come to Sycamore, and continuation of the Sycamore Fund.
In 2017, Patrick Cauley was hired as the Director of Technology, replacing longtime Director. Larry Fletcher. The following year, the brick and wrought iron fence with the Sycamore School sign were completed as the final piece of the Fulfilling Promise Campaign.
In early 2019, Sycamore received word that its fourth ISACS accreditation had been successful and that they were also awarded “Top Workplace in Indianapolis” for the second time. The Early Childhood Outdoor Play Lab is completed in late 2019
in 2020, Duane Emery was hired as the Director of Enrollment Management to succeed Dr. Susan Karpicke. Karpicke and an original teacher, Eileen Prince, retired together with a combined total of 67 year experience.
With COVID-19 ending in-person learning in March 2020, the Sycamore staff developed and implemented the first Distance Learning Plan due to the global pandemic. During the summer of 2020, the Re-Opening Sycamore Task Force developed extensive health and safety protocols and facility modifications that enabled the safe return to in-person learning in the fall of 2020.
Sycamore celebrated the retirement of Glenna Lykens, long-time Head of Lower School, in 2021, and Tiffany Stahl was hired as the Head of Lower School. Katie Baker was also hired as the Head of Middle School.
In early 2022, Head of School, Diane Borgmann, announced her retirement, effective June, 2023.