An assistant principal holds a supervisory, management-level position in a school. They help ensure that standards related to curriculum, discipline, and organization are met across all areas of the institution; related to this, they ensure that standards and guidelines set by the principal are enforced. Normally assistant principals work in middle schools and high schools, although larger elementary schools also usually have individuals in this position.
The assistant principal work with teachers to help address classroom management and help administer disciplinary action. They help coordinate scheduling and supply needs, as well as oversee purchasing decisions. They help evaluate and coach teachers and staff; they also facilitate training and development for these professionals. Additionally, assistant principals work with other administrators to provide a unified vision on school policy and philosophy. They work with the students to ensure an environment that promotes social and educational development as well.
Assistant principals normally have an academic background in education themselves, possessing a bachelor's degree in an education-related field. Additionally, many districts and private schools prefer some sort of post-graduate degree in education administration. Depending on the location of the school district or private school, there will likely be necessary certifications in education/administration required to work as an assistant principal as well. The position normally requires classroom teaching experience, and many schools hire from within their own ranks of teachers to fill available positions at this level.
An assistant principal generally works fairly long hours on weekdays, starting well before school opens and continuing frequently into late afternoons and early evenings as situations require. They normally have their own office, and share an office administration staff with any other school administrators at the particular school.
Assistant Principal Tasks
- Supervise and evaluate school teaching staff and support staff, help coordinate staff training and mentoring.
- Assist the principal with managing school administration, curriculum, programs, services, and resources.
- Ensure compliance with all laws, implement emergency plans, and enforce safety regulations.
- Establish academic and behavioral standards for students and administer student discipline.
- Communicate school goals, vision, and needs to teachers, parents, and the community.