Principal K-8 Frederick County Charter School
Principal for Frederick Classical Charter School
- Eligibility for MSDE Administrator II certificate (requires Master’s degree with 18 credits of specific coursework and qualifying score on the SLLA test).
- Minimum of three (3) years’ of successful school leadership experience, one year of experience as an Assistant Principal.
- Understanding of Classical content and instructional approach.
- Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues, and community members.
- Understanding and sensitivity to the needs of various cultural and ethnic groups.
- Demonstrated success working in a community in which students, parents/guardians, and staff work together.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Capable of performing the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.
- Experience in Classical educational setting.
- One (1) year of experience as a Principal.
- Teaching and/or administrative experience at the elementary and middle school levels.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Classical theories of instruction and curriculum development.
- Demonstrated ability to model, inspire and nurture independence, confidence, creativity, and the ability to care for members of a learning community and the larger world.
- Strong skills in the areas of leadership, organization, management, group dynamics, budgeting, and school finance.
- Prior experience with state standardized testing, preferably the Maryland School Assessments (MSA).
- Demonstrated knowledge, skill, and experience with uses of technology and data analysis/database calculations.
- Demonstrated understanding of the difference between research-validated and research-based pedagogy.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the topics in K-8 English, math, science, and history. Prior experience with charter schools.
- Demonstrated understanding of the difference between balanced literacy and scientifically-based reading instruction that includes systematic and explicit instruction in phonemic awareness and phonics.
- Has the ability to make decisions based on research and data.
- Has familiarity with the DIBELS instrument and how it can be used to improve student learning. Ability to resolve parent and teacher concerns in a positive manner.
- Understands the General Electric Work-Out process and how to apply it to a public school setting.
The Principal of Frederick Classical Charter School works collaboratively with FCPS, other advisory groups, parent/community support groups and under the advisement of the Frederick Classical Charter School Governing Board to implement the charter.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Instructional Director and Frederick Classical Charter School Governing Board.
Reporting directly to the Instructional Director, the Principal for the Frederick Classical Charter School performs the following duties:
- Serves as the instructional leader of the school.
- Identifies, directs, and coordinates the collection of evaluative data in the school required by FCPS and the Classical Governing Board.
- Organizes, directs, and supervises the instructional program of the school.
- Oversees the Summer Institute and ensuring it helps teachers increase their professional satisfaction and achieve the school’s academic goals.
- Ensures that the educational program is delivered according to the charter’s mission, goals, performance standards, and learner outcomes.
- Evaluates staff and assists in employing new staff.
- Plans and conducts staff development, based on the interests and needs of the staff and school community.
- Promotes consistent discipline in accordance with Board of Education policies and guidelines. Oversees and coordinates school administrative functions.
- Coordinates and directs the school community relations programs. Collaborates with the FCCS Finance Department to manage school budgets and accounts.
- Oversees completion of required federal, state, and local reports. Allocates educational funds for the Frederick Classical Charter School based on academic needs and goals, budget considerations, and parameters set forth by the Governing Board.
- Works as a part of the Governing Board, other advisory groups, and parent/community support groups.
- Leads IEP meetings and provides educational accommodations when appropriate and necessary.
- Performs ongoing student assessments, works with classroom teachers to determine individual needs and progress, reviews academic plans and portfolios, and makes referrals for outside evaluations when necessary.
- Evaluates student applications and welcomes new students throughout the year.
- Attends FCCS Board of Trustee meetings.