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Working As A High School Assistant Principal

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Make Decisions

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A High School Assistant Principal Do

Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage all school operations, including daily school activities. They coordinate curricula, oversee teachers and other school staff, and provide a safe and productive learning environment for students.

Duties

Elementary, middle, and high school principals typically do the following:

  • Manage school activities and staff, including teachers and support personnel
  • Establish and oversee class schedules
  • Develop, implement, and maintain curriculum standards
  • Counsel and discipline students
  • Observe teachers and classroom activities
  • Assist teachers in managing students’ behavior
  • Evaluate teachers’ performance
  • Meet with parents and teachers to discuss students’ progress and behavior
  • Assess and prepare reports on test scores and other student achievement data
  • Organize professional development programs and workshops for staff
  • Manage the school’s budget, order school supplies, and schedule maintenance
  • Establish and coordinate security procedures for students, staff, and visitors

Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage the overall operation of schools, including building maintenance and cafeteria services. They set and oversee academic goals and ensure that teachers have the necessary equipment and resources. In public schools, principals also implement standards and programs set by the school district, state, and/or federal regulations. They evaluate and prepare reports on their school’s performance based on these standards by assessing student achievement and teacher performance. Principals may establish and oversee additional programs in their school, such as counseling, special education programs, and before- and after-school childcare programs.

Principals serve as the public face of their school. They meet with superintendents, legislators, and members of the community to request or explain funding for their schools. They also address the concerns of parents and members of the community.

The duties of principals vary by the size of the school and district. In larger schools and districts, principals have additional resources and staff to help them achieve goals. For example, large school districts often have instructional coordinators who help with data analysis and with teachers’ professional development. Principals also may have staff who oversee the hiring process of all school personnel, including teachers, custodians, and cafeteria workers. Principals in small school districts may need to assume these and other duties themselves.

Many schools have assistant principals who help principals with school administration. Principals typically assign specific administrative duties to their assistant principals. In some school districts, assistant principals are hired to handle a specific subject area, such as literacy or math. Assistants may be assigned to handle student safety, provide student academic counseling, or enforce disciplinary or attendance rules. They may also coordinate buses or supervise building and grounds maintenance.

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How To Become A High School Assistant Principal

Most schools require elementary, middle, and high school principals to have a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. Most principals also have work experience as teachers.

Education

Principals typically need a master’s degree in education leadership or education administration. These master’s degree programs prepare future principals to manage staff, prepare and manage budgets, set goals, and work with parents and the community. To enter the master’s degree programs, candidates typically need a bachelor’s degree in education, school counseling, or a related field.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Principals typically need several years of work experience as a teacher. For more information on how to become a teacher, see the profiles on kindergarten and elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, and high school teachers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require public school principals to be licensed as school administrators. Licensure requirements vary by state, but most require a master’s degree. Some states have alternative programs for candidates who do not have a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. Most states also require candidates to pass an exam and a background check.

Principals in private schools are not required to have a state-issued license.

Advancement

An assistant principal can advance to become a principal. Some principals advance to become superintendents, which may require completion of additional education. Others become instructional coordinators.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Principals must communicate effectively with students, teachers, and parents. For example, when dealing with student disciplinary or academic issues, they consult with and listen to parents and teachers to understand the problem.

Critical-thinking skills. Principals analyze student test results and testing procedures to determine if improvements are needed. They must assess the available options and choose the best means to help students achieve better results.

Decisionmaking skills. Because principals are responsible for students, staff members, and the overall operation of the school, they consider many factors when making decisions.

Interpersonal skills. Because principals work with teachers, parents, and superintendents, they must be able to develop positive working relationships with them.

Leadership skills. Principals set educational goals and establish policies and procedures for the school. They need to be able to motivate teachers and other staff to achieve set goals.

Problem-solving skills. Teachers, students, and other staff members report problems to the principal. Principals need to be able to analyze problems, and develop and implement appropriate solutions.

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High School Assistant Principal Career Paths

High School Assistant Principal
Principal Vice President
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Principal Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Superintendent
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
High School Principal
9 Yearsyrs
Middle School Principal
Principal
11 Yearsyrs
High School Principal Superintendent
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Middle School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Middle School Principal Elementary School Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Elementary School Principal Superintendent
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Elementary School Principal Director
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
High School Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Athletic Director Director
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Athletic Director Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Athletic Director Operations Director
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
High School Principal Assistant Superintendent
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Elementary Assistant Principal Assistant Principal
Vice Principal
8 Yearsyrs
Elementary Assistant Principal
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Middle School Principal School Principal
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Elementary Assistant Principal
11 Yearsyrs
School Principal Education Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
School Principal Program Director
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Executive Director Chief Nursing Officer
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Director President
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Executive Director Regional Vice President
National Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Chief Finance Officer
Chief Administrative Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Development Director
Interim Executive Director
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Managing Director
Area Director
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Instruction Program Director
Director Of Program Services
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Instruction Operations Director
Director Of Service And Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Instruction Director Of Music
Founder And Director
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
School Principal 4.3 years
Vice Principal 3.9 years
School Director 3.7 years
School Supervisor 2.8 years
Top Careers Before High School Assistant Principal
Teacher 20.8%
Principal 5.7%
Instructor 2.5%
Top Careers After High School Assistant Principal
Principal 16.1%
Teacher 3.1%
Director 2.0%
Owner 1.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$79,000
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$38,000
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$79,000
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Best Paying Company
Emmaus Lutheran Church & School
Highest Paying City
Stockton, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a High School Assistant Principal make at top companies?
The national average salary for a High School Assistant Principal in the United States is $79,571 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $164,000.

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Top Skills for A High School Assistant Principal

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Student Learning
  3. Instructional Leadership
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted with curriculum development and other related matters.
  • Help facilitate student learning through technology use in the classroom.
  • Provide instructional leadership, academic performance data/analysis and guidance/support for an effective learning environment.
  • Assisted the principal in school supervision, behavior/classroom management, professional development, and parent/district collaboration and communication.
  • Developed and Implemented Master Schedule.

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Top 10 Best States for High School Assistant Principals

  1. New Jersey
  2. California
  3. Delaware
  4. Rhode Island
  5. New York
  6. Illinois
  7. Connecticut
  8. Maryland
  9. Massachusetts
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High School Assistant Principal Demographics

Gender

Male

61.1%

Female

30.5%

Unknown

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

62.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Black or African American

12.6%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

2.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.6%

German

7.1%

French

7.1%

Filipino

7.1%
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High School Assistant Principal Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.6%

Nova Southeastern University

9.6%

Northcentral University

6.7%

Sul Ross State University

5.8%

Northern Arizona University

4.8%

Ohio State University

4.8%

Texas A&M University - Commerce

4.8%

Michigan State University

4.8%

Stephen F Austin State University

4.8%

Walden University

4.8%

Western Michigan University

3.8%

Liberty University

3.8%

Tarleton State University

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.8%

Oklahoma State University

3.8%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

3.8%

Florida Atlantic University

3.8%

Texas Woman's University

3.8%

Northern Illinois University

3.8%

University of Texas at San Antonio

3.8%
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Majors

Educational Leadership

50.5%

Education

17.6%

Business

4.4%

Elementary Education

3.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.5%

Management

2.3%

Health Education

2.3%

Curriculum And Instruction

2.3%

English

2.3%

Special Education

2.1%

Mathematics

1.7%

School Counseling

1.5%

History

1.1%

Secondary Education And Teaching

1.1%

Educational Technology

1.0%

Marketing

0.8%

Kinesiology

0.8%

Global Studies

0.8%

Philosophy

0.6%

Biology

0.6%
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Degrees

Masters

50.8%

Other

21.2%

Doctorate

13.3%

Bachelors

8.2%

Certificate

5.0%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.5%

Associate

0.3%
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