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Middle School Principal

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Description:  The position is responsible for the administration and supervision of a middle school.


  • Develop and maintain an effective educational program consistent with State and Federal guidelines and the philosophy, policies and goals of the School Board; meeting and conferring with students, parents, faculty and staff.

  • Plan, organize and direct implementation of all school activities.

  • Establish and maintain an effective learning climate in the school; provide for the efficient conduct of school instruction and business.

  • Initiate, design and implement programs to meet specific needs of the school; direct and monitor the development of the school's instructional program.

  • Prepare or supervise the preparation of reports, records, lists and all other required information and data.

  • Coordinate and work with the central administrative staff on school problems.

  • Assume responsibility for the implementation and observance of all Board policies and regulations by the school's staff and students; interprets and enforces school division's policies and regulations.

  • Maintain high standards of student conduct and enforces discipline as necessary, according to School Board policy and the due process rights of students.

  • Attend special events held to recognize student achievement; attend school sponsored activities, functions and athletic events.

  • Maintain and control the various local funds generated by student activities.

  • Supervise the maintenance of accurate records on the progress and attendance of students.

  • Supervise all professional, paraprofessional, administrative and non-professional personnel assigned to the school.

  • Supervise and evaluate all activities and programs that are outgrowths of the school's curriculum.

  • Perform related work as required.

Education and Experience:

  • Master's Degree in education administration and considerable administrative and educational experience. Licensure as building level principal through the Commonwealth.

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Practice Middle School Principal Interview

  1. Tell us about your background and experiences that have prepared you for the middle school principal position and why you have applied.
    Focus on the aspects of your experience that apply to this position.  Tips on your interview opening.

  2. Describe your leadership style. What qualities would you bring to this middle school?

  3. Tell us about what you see as the significant trends in middle school education.

  4. Tell us about an important instructional change you have made as a leader.

  5. What do you want to see when you drop into a classroom to observe?

  6. How would you use technology to improve student performance?

  7. Tell us about your involvement with the PTA.

  8. How do you handle employee discipline?

  9. What is the difference between formative assessment and summative assessment? How do you help teachers in this area?

  10. What interventions have you done or would do to assist at-risk students?

  11. What experience do you have with Title I funds?

  12. Is there anything you'd like to add?
    Summarize by emphasize your qualifications as they apply to this job.   Also cover anything you missed from your opening.  Tips on your interview closing.


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