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Become A Middle School Principal

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Working As A Middle School 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

  • $90,410

    Average Salary

What Does A Middle School Principal Do At Inspired Teaching Public Charter School

* PRINCIPAL The Middle School currently serves approximately 110 students in 5th — 8th grades; the middle school will grow to serve approximately 200 students.
* We seek a leader with demonstrated expertise in leading and supporting teachers, students, and families, curriculum development and implementation, and who is skilled at fostering a collaborative and nurturing school climate that emphasizes an asset-based approach to children and adolescents, families, and educators.
* This is balanced with the responsibility to hold all members of the community accountable for full investment and contribution toward the delivery of the highest quality of instruction to enable our students to achieve at the highest levels.
* The Middle School Principal is the instructional leader of the Middle School and is a member of the school's Leadership Team, serving with the Head of School, the Lower School Principal and the Chief Operating Officer.
* The Principal of the Middle School reports directly to the Head of School and is the immediate supervisor of the Middle School teaching faculty.
* The Middle School Principal leads the development, refinement and implementation of the Middle School's academic program.
* The Middle School Principal is responsible for ensuring high student achievement, high quality instruction, curriculum development and implementation, teacher support and professional development including cultivation of teacher leadership, establishing a nurturing and joyful culture for the Middle School, collection and analysis of Middle School data, and building strong relationships with Middle School families and the community.
* This includes efficiently managing and running the day-to-day functions of the Middle School and all elements of the instructional program as well as building relationships and implementing systems essential to ensuring equity and accountability.
* The primary responsibilities fall into the following four categories: Serve as the instructional leader to implement a progressive, constructivist, and student-centered mission and instructional philosophy that result in high student performance.
* The Middle School Principal provides leadership and support for curriculum review and implementation of the school's instructional program and is responsible for attracting and supporting faculty to ensure that the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School fulfills its mission to make the most of children's innate curiosity and supports student progress in four domains: Intellect, Inquiry, Imagination and Integrity.
* Build, lead, and sustain a school culture and professional learning community in accordance with the school's mission.
* The school is a place where children, adolescents and adults thrive and find joy in their work.
* The Middle School Principal is responsible for bringing this vision to life, establishing a school culture that evidences a deep respect for children and adolescents, and a deep commitment to teacher professionalism and leadership.
* This includes ensuring meaningful professional development and teacher evaluation.
* Supervise the collection and use of data.
* The Middle School Principal, working closely with the Manager of Data and Assessment, is responsible for overseeing data collection for the Middle School, reviewing data to inform instruction, and reporting for internal and external audiences.
* Student data in various forms—including classroom assessments and portfolios, Learning Showcases, teacher observations, family input, student self-assessment, and state-required standardized assessments—greatly informs curriculum, instruction, and teacher practice.
* Data also are a critical means of communicating our successes to external audiences, including the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board, families and community members.
* Collaborate effectively with families and the larger school community to build the school's reputation and visibility.
* The Middle School Principal serves as a key liaison with families and community members and participates in outreach efforts to educate key constituencies about the school's philosophy, mission and successes.
* The Middle School Principal is also responsible for supporting families as they explore and select high schools and navigate the application and enrollment process for their students.
* As part of the school's leadership team, the Middle School Principal supports the demonstration work of the school, including participation in visits to the school from teachers, administrators, and local and national education influencers, presenting at conferences, and representing the school at events, as appropriate

What Does A Middle School Principal Do At Community Health Center

* Conduct psychotherapy with individual, family and group psychotherapy
* Be responsible for initial mental health evaluations
* Coordinate with community agencies
* Complete paperwork completed as required by statute, regulation and/or CHC Mental Health Policy and Procedures
* Be a part of our new electronic health records technology for high quality clinical data-gathering and analysis
* This position does require a Mastered Degree Licensed clinician, possessing either an LCSW, LPC, or LMFT, with at least 2 years applicable experience.
* A current CT license is required
* School base experience is a plus / preferred, for this role

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How To Become A Middle School 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.


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.


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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  • Spanish

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Real Middle School Principal Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Middle School Principal Le Jardin Academy Kailua, HI Jun 15, 2015 $108,000
Middle School Principal Le Jardin Academy Kailua, HI Jun 28, 2013 $100,000
Middle School Principal Le Jardin Academy Kailua, HI Jul 10, 2011 $100,000
Middle School Dean of Stem Pave Red Hook Pave Academy Charter School New York, NY Sep 09, 2016 $98,402
Principal of Middle School Atlanta International School Atlanta, GA Sep 11, 2015 $87,000 -
Middle School Principal Phyls Academy Prep. Lauderdale Lakes, FL Jan 28, 2011 $81,773

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Top Skills for A Middle School Principal


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Top Middle School Principal Skills

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Professional Development Activities
  3. Classroom Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Budget, curriculum development, implementation of technology initiatives, master schedule.
  • Develop and implement professional development activities.
  • Maintained attendance records for all Middle School students, created and distributed reports daily to assist teachers in classroom management.
  • Created a master schedule which allowed for significant inclusion of special education students in all classes.
  • Designed and coordinated all staff development activities.

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