Lower School Principal

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Lower School Principal / Full-Time Position / Northwest Classical Academy 

Atlanta Classical Academy presently employees approximately 100 faculty and staff members, and it is leading the effort to open a sister school twenty-five miles away in Kennesaw, Georgia. Before August 2021, the team will hire 50 new employees and launch Northwest Classical Academy (“NCA”) for approximately 470 students in grades K – 6. NCA would expand each year and ultimately serve grades K – 12. The children of full-time employees have enrollment preference and would be offered a seat in the school.

Strong candidates will support the school’s Mission: to develop students in mind and character through a classical, content-rich curriculum that emphasizes the principles of virtuous living, traditional learning, and civic responsibility.

They will have enthusiasm for the Vision: to be a nationally regarded K-12 classical school and serve as a local and national incubator for growth and promotion of classical education. And they will embody the school’s organizational values.

We value the tenets of classical, liberal arts education;
community and partnership in the common pursuit of forming intelligent, virtuous citizens;
excellence in teaching and learning;
the virtues we aim to teach our students: courage, courtesy, honesty, perseverance, self-government, and service.

The Principal is responsible for the academic performance, culture, and discipline in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade.  Responsibilities include the following:

1. Lead students and teachers in pursuit of the school’s Mission, Core Virtues, and Values; Serve as the principal teacher: select, develop, teach, and inspire the faculty;
Build consistency and quality in the teaching of reading, writing, and spelling vis a vis an explicit phonics program;
Build consistency and quality in the teaching of math, and find the optimal balance between conceptual learning, practice, and drill;
Establish cohesive, age-appropriate executive function system to help students and teachers learn organization and study skills;
Articulate and enforce age-appropriate standards and consistency in the following areas: homework type and amounts, grading standards, relative difficulty, expectations for communications with parents, timeliness of grade inputs, culture, discipline, decorum and emphasis on virtue, particularly self-government;
Accelerate the learning and performance of less experienced teachers;
2. Oversee and direct an academic plan that embraces and upholds the following key characteristics:

The centrality of the Western tradition in the study of history, literature, philosophy, and fine arts;
A rich and recurring examination of the American literary, moral, philosophical, political, and historical traditions;
The use of explicit phonics instruction leading to reading fluency, and the use of explicit grammar instruction leading to English language mastery;
The teaching of Latin;
The acknowledgement of objective standards of correctness, logic, beauty, weightiness, and truth intrinsic to the liberal arts;
A school culture demanding moral virtue, decorum, respect, discipline, and studiousness among the students and faculty;
A curriculum that is content-rich, balanced and strong across the four core disciplines of math, science, literature, and history;
A faculty where well-educated and articulate teachers explicitly convey real knowledge to students using traditional teaching methods rather than “student-centered learning” methods;
A school that uses technology effectively but without diminishing the faculty leadership that is crucial to academic achievement;
Ensure the school meets academic requirements required by law and the Charter Agreement;
3. Oversee the special education teachers and maintain compliance with federal IDEA requirements for students with disabilities;

4. Cooperate with other members of the leadership and support teams;

5. Manage professionally a broad base of constituents including employees, charter authorizers, philanthropic donors, the public, and students and their families.


Ideal candidates will have:

Demonstrable success in producing sustained academic outcomes and the desired school culture in a similarly sized classical school;
deep and genuine expertise in elementary, classical education;
The ability to teach well and to coach teachers to greater degrees of effectiveness;
Demonstrable skill in fostering positive, productive relationships and outcomes in a small school environment;
Experience in personnel management, including recruiting and hiring, supervising, and evaluating, and individual and organizational development;
An understanding of state accountability systems for K-12 public schools and laws relevant to charter schools;
No less than a graduate degree in one or more of the liberal arts or a related field of study;
Experience reporting directly to an executive supervisor;
Experience dealing with people of diverse backgrounds and constituents with competing agenda.


The Lower School Principal will be expected to:

Have enthusiasm for NCA’s mission and the ability to promote classical education as a speaker, writer, and teacher;
Have an authentic interest in becoming part of the fabric of the geographic region and the school community;
Possess the highest standards of integrity and a strong moral and ethical character;
Possess a strong sense of organizational ownership;
Foster an intellectual atmosphere that calls students towards a serious depth of inquiry and sense of wonder;
Generate trust and confidence by others in his or her leadership by exhibiting the following behaviors and characteristics: integrity, transparency, clear communication, truthfulness, decisiveness, listening, equanimity, collaboration, approachable, winsomeness, kindness, and humility;
Have a “deep keel” – a secure sense of self that results in steady, unflappable leadership;
Be intellectually curious, have a cooperative spirit, constantly eager to improve;
Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; and
Maintain a high degree of energy and personal productivity, and to effectively manage the productivity of others.

Northwest Classical Academy is an equal-opportunity employer.

Minimum Education: Graduate degree or higher in a liberal arts or related field of study

To apply for this job please visit recruiting.paylocity.com.


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