Principal - City Garden Montessori Charter School
Position: Principal
Subject Area: (none)
Job Title: School Principal
Job Location: City Garden Montessori School
Beginning: Jul 01, 2020
Deadline: Open until filled **
District: City Garden Montessori Charter School
St. Louis, MO 63110
Telephone: 314-664-7646
Job Description:
City Garden Montessori School is the only Montessori charter school in Missouri, and we are one of the highest-performing charter schools in the state. Our team possesses passion and determination to implement the Montessori approach to educating children in a diverse, public school environment. City Garden is committed to being an anti- biased, anti-racist community and seeks others who are passionate about these values. We are committed to continuous learning and growth for adults in the community, to foster excellence for all City Garden children.
Located in St. Louis, City Garden just renewed its second 10 Year Charter with the state of Missouri. We began in 2008 with 53 students; now, we have 268 children in preschool through eighth grade. As we grow, we continue to seek individuals to join us who share our vision for academic excellence for all children and holistic Montessori education, rooted in equity and social justice.

As City Garden embarks on this ambitious growth plan, we’re seeking to hire a Principal for our flagship campus at the start of our 2020-21 school year (July 1, 2020).
The Principal will have the responsibility for planning, advocating for, supporting, implementing, and evaluating all educational activities. The Principal will create a positive, trustworthy, and respectful climate that has consistent expectations for all. The Principal will build relationships, communicate proactively, and promote continual growth while maintaining a student-centered focus.
The ideal Principal candidate will have Montessori credentials in teaching or administration as well as experience in elementary public school administration. The Principal will report directly to City Garden’s Chief Academic Officer (CAO), and will collaborate with City Garden Montessori’s leadership team, faculty and staff to implement the school’s mission and vision.

  • Promote positive community, parent, and staff relations that promote active engagement and are reflective of City Garden’s Anti-Bias, Anti-Racism (ABAR) commitment
  • Establish and clearly articulate a shared mission and vision for learning and instruction at City Garden Montessori School, grounded in the Montessori Theory of Development
  • Direct and monitor the school’s educational structure and program
  • Design and implement programs based on individual student’s needs, focusing on student achievement, and closing the “Opportunity Gap”
  • Support City Garden’s guides (teachers) through robust professional development
  • Create and maintain a school climate that recognizes and supports the unique value of all members (students, teachers, staff, parents, community)
  • Display knowledge about curriculum and research-based programs that help children achieve at high levels.
  • Supervise operations and personnel at school level
  • Supervise guides (teachers) and staff in school
  • Observe, support, and conduct informal and formal observations and evaluations of teaching to promote continuous learning and improvement of professional practice by teaming with teachers to enhance their instructional expertise
  • Implement the school-wide testing program and evaluate and interpret the results
  • Maintain adequate records for the school, including staff and student records
  • Abide by Missouri School laws and regulations, Federal and state laws and regulations governing educational and civil rights of students and others, Child Protective Services Act, the policies of the MO Dpt of Education, and the policies of City Garden Montessori School
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and communication of policies related to school culture, behavior support and attendance
  • Minimum: Master’s Degree in School Administration. Missouri Principal Certificate. Evidence of successful experience as an elementary classroom teacher.
  • Preferred: Specialist or Doctorate, 5 years’ experience as an Assistant Principal or Principal, and Montessori teacher and/or administrator credential.
Compensation and Benefits
Competitive salary range of $85,000-95,000 and robust benefits including medical, dental, retirement, generous personal time off, and an admissions preference to City Garden Montessori School.

To Apply
Please apply by submitting your resume and detailed cover letter, which highlights your interest in the position, relevant experience, and how you meet the qualifications and qualities sought for the position at

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