Aug 06, 2019

Elementary Principal (Meridian Public Charter School)

  • TenSquare
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
Full-time School Leadership

Job Description

Meridian is a PreK-8th grade school located in Washington DC’s vibrant U Street Corridor. Our 650+ students are a diverse mix of African-American, Latino, Asian, African, and White students. Almost 30% of our students are English language learners, and we have one of the largest Hispanic populations in DC charter schools. Meridian is committed to serving our local community, and one-third of our students live within a half mile of the school. We are also proud of the fact that Meridian is a school of choice for parents— all eight wards of the city are represented among our student population.

Meridian’s strengths include a beautiful main campus, with nearby outdoor and recreational grounds; state of the art technology for students and teachers; updated and aligned curricula; an academic program laser-focused on student growth, achievement, and social-emotional development; extensive professional development and support for teachers and leaders; and a school culture grounded in student achievement and support.

In 2015, Meridian launched a comprehensive and intensive school improvement initiative. Since then, the school has seen steady, sustained gains in student learning and achievement including:

  • A 17.6 point gain to a 59.4 on the DC Public Charter School Board’s 100-point Performance Management Framework (PMF). This increase is the among the highest PMF score increase during this two-year period for all PS-8 charter schools. Now, Meridian is on the cusp of becoming a Tier 1 school. 
  • Two out of three students at Meridian improved their math and reading scores faster than their peers across the District of Columbia and nationally.

Join us as we continue to take Meridian from good to great! For additional information about Meridian visit

As an academic leader, the Elementary Principal is responsible for overseeing PreK3-6th grade. The Principal will closely partner with the Head of School and school leadership team to build and sustain a culture of high student achievement, top quality staff performance, and strong family satisfaction. 

This is a pivotal role in a school in the latter stages of rapid school improvement. The ideal candidate will bring demonstrated experience mentoring adults, designing curriculum, and increasing student achievement, as well as an interest in personal growth and development.

Under the guidance of the Head of School, the Elementary Principal will perform specific responsibilities that include, but are not limited to: 

Instructional Leadership 

  • Develop, monitor and maintain high academic and behavioral expectations for all students and teachers; 
  • Oversee the implementation of all early childhood and elementary curriculum and drive the revision of instructional plans in response to assessment data; 
  • Collect, analyze and review student achievement data in coordination with other school and student level data; 
  • Facilitate the examination of data for the purpose of teacher reflection, improved practice, and programmatic changes leading to improve student outcomes;
  • Collaborate with key staff to administer interim assessments and implement the PARCC assessment; 
  • Implement academic interventions including curricular and program adjustments for students. 

Talent and Staff Culture

  • Design, deliver, and evaluate research-based professional development for all staff that fosters improved student achievement, developmentally appropriate instructional approaches, using data to strengthen student performance, positive school climate, and productive staff morale;
  • Lead dynamic Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) that embraces accountability and are aligned to student achievement outcomes;
  • Work cooperatively with the Head of School and TenSquare, Meridian’s school improvement partner, to coach, supervise, and evaluate staff through informal classroom visits, regular formal and informal classroom observations, lesson plan review, and written evaluations for instructional staff;
  • Support a cohort of new teachers with instructional delivery and classroom management;
  • Oversee the recruitment and hiring of exceptional academic staff (teachers, instructional assistants, coaches, etc.).


  • Collaborate with the Head of School and operations team to manage, supervise, and evaluate effective procedures for the day-to-day operation of the school consistent with its philosophy, mission, values and goals;
  • Support the school’s compliance with external parties including the Public Charter School Board (PCSB), Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE), and all federal and local policies and laws.

Community Relations 

  • Communicate the message of standards-driven teaching and learning to families, staff, students, and community partners;
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with students and their families through communication, outreach, and collaboration;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.

Successful candidates will possess the following qualifications:  

  • A minimum of three years of academic leadership experience; previous experience as a Principal, Assistant Principal, Dean, Mentor Teacher, or Department Head required;
  • Comfort synthesizing and prioritizing data to solve problems and develop strategies to achieve ambitious academic goals;
  • Strong problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills; 
  • Familiarity with Common Core State Standards and state assessment systems (PARCC); 
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills;
  • A demonstrated passion for advancing educational opportunities in low-income communities; 
  • At least three years of classroom teaching experience;
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution required; advanced degree in K-12 school administration, curriculum & instruction, or a related field with strong academic preparation preferred.

Do you embody a love of learning? Do you believe in the importance of educating the whole child? Do you want to help Meridian continue to grow from good to great?  Apply today to the Elementary Assistant Principal position! 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, veteran’s status, or any other factor, which would constitute a violation of the D.C. Human Rights Act or other applicable laws or court order.

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