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Assistant Principal, High School

OFFICIAL TITLE: Principal Asst High CODE: 0551 SQ/OQ: Not Applicable
WORKING TITLE: Assistant Principal, High School GRADE: NH MONTHS: 12
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: Under direction of the principal, assists with administering and supervising the total school program and providing educational leadership for students and staff members consistent with the educational goals of the community. Functions include establishing a climate conducive to learning, planning, and coordinating programs, affecting change, and decision making.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) policies and procedures, the MCPS high school curriculum, and state and federal regulations and laws. Knowledge of curriculum, instruction, organizational patterns, school operations, and pupil services. Ability to motivate, encourage, and work with staff to ensure outstanding performance as well as good morale. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent human relations skills.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: Masters degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in supervision, educational administration, secondary school curriculum, or a closely related field. Five years of successful teaching experience; at least one of those years must be in MCPS. Three years of school-based leadership experience, assistant school administrator, or central services administrator/central services instructional specialist; resume must provide evidence. Successful completion of Observation and Analysis of Teaching I preferred. Successful completion of Observation and Analysis of Teaching II either prior to or during the first year of assignment. Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered.
CERTIFICATE AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS: Meets Maryland certification requirements for Administrator I or secondary or special education principal and supervisor.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (Special requirements such as lifting heavy objects and frequent climbing.) None
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: (Frequent overtime or night work required, etc.) Attendance at evening and weekend student activities, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings, and other functions as required.


Shares responsibility for establishing and maintaining a welcoming environment that demonstrates respect for the students and families served by the school.

Solicits input from diverse stakeholder groups in a variety of ways (e.g., surveys, e-mails, phone calls, meetings, focus groups, discussions, advisory groups, etc.) to identify and solve problems and ensures input is analyzed and implemented for continuous improvement.

Responds equitably to all school and family community requests and works with staff and stakeholders to organize and celebrate differences in cultures through program materials and activities for students and families.

Works with the principal to analyze, share, and use school and student achievement data to develop and implement the school improvement plan.

Works with the principal to implement systematic procedures to assess program effectiveness.

Assumes responsibility for specific areas of administration and management assigned by the principal; uses administrative and management practices to promote the efficient and effective operation of the school.

Works with principal to establish and maintain relationships with the PTA and other community organizations to ensure ongoing, two-way communication and initiate activities which foster productive parent and community involvement.

Handles behavior problems promptly and positively.

Works with the principal, teachers, parents, the Educational Management Team, and the Collaborative Problem-Solving Team to ensure appropriate programming for all students.

Assumes specific responsibilities assigned by the principal in the selection, orientation, assignment, supervision, and evaluation of staff.

Assists with planning and implementation of professional learning communities.

Prepares a variety of written reports and correspondence.

Assumes responsibility for operation of the school in the absence of the principal.

Performs related work as required.

Class Established: 5/83
Date(s) Revised: 11/93, 4/94, 10/12, 10/17, 4/18
Last Reviewed: 9/2008

This description may be changed at any time.

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