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Principal, Benjamin E. Mays High School, Atlanta PS, GA

About the postion: 

Atlanta Public Schools, GA is seeking a principal to lead the Benjamin E. Mays High School.

About the school: Benjamin E. Mays High School

Benjamin E. Mays High School was founded in 1981 and is named after educator, author and civil rights activist Benjamin Elijah Mays. The school, along with the middle and elementary schools in the Mays Cluster, has an International Baccalaureate focus, which aims to develop inquisitive, knowledgeable and compassionate young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The $23 million newly renovated school has approximately 1,700 students and is located in southwest Atlanta, Georgia.


In Atlanta Public Schools, the principal’s primary job is to drive academic and social emotional learning outcomes for students. We expect that our principals spend more than half of their time on instructional leadership, specifically on the activities involved in leading and developing teachers to improve their instruction and drive student achievement.  We also expect our principals to build lasting, equitable and sustainable organizations by developing a positive school culture for teachers and students, creating systems for the ongoing development of school staff, building a pipeline of future leaders that consistently demonstrate mastery of APS’ definitions of excellence, effectively engaging families and developing his/her successor.    


  1. Sets ambitious school-wide vision and goals, aligned with APS' mission and goals, that prepare students for success in college and beyond

  2. Builds self and school staff's knowledge and expertise in effective instructional design and academic standards

    • Develops teachers' conceptual understanding of what students must know and be able to do and what instructional methods drive student mastery

    • Develops knowledge of how standards map to curriculum and assessment

  3. Develops teachers to provide rigorous and high-quality instruction

    • Leads analysis of and develops teachers' ability to analyze student data to identify strategies that will move students toward mastery

    • Regularly observes and coaches instructional coaches to ensure they are providing helpful, high-impact, actionable and bite-sized feedback to teachers on a weekly basis, modeling, co-planning with teachers and providing effective instructional models and strategies

    • Ensures teachers can collaborate, analyze their practice and their student data, and adjust instruction in teams

    • Leads whole-school professional development workshops that drive improvement in teacher practice

  4. Develops systems and structures to hire and retain diverse, highly-effective staff

  5. Cultivates a diverse, high-potential leadership team through on-the-ground coaching, insisting that they are true owners of the work and cultivating a pipeline of future leaders (from teacher leader to AP to successor)

  6. Models expectations for leaders, teachers, and students on school-wide practices for creating a positive learning culture

  7. Plans and prioritizes time, people, budget, facilities and resources to achieve annual goals

    • Sets the vision for school-wide operations, staffing, scheduling, testing and finance to ensure they are aligned with school goals and priorities

  8. Cultivates own growth, sustainability and success through active participation in district-wide professional development and by seeking out high-impact growth opportunities

  9. Engages and collaborates with families, community and GO Team to achieve the school’s mission and goals

Salary: High School: Grade 139   $101,785 - $139,577

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