Nashville Classical, Assistant Principal of Student Supports (2017-2018) (Nashville, TN)

Nashville, TN


Date published: 18-Apr-2017

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Nashville Classical is a K-8 public charter school that opened with kindergarten in August 2013. Through a classical curriculum and within an achievement-oriented culture, we educate every student for academic success and personal excellence in high school, college and life.
Located at 1310 Ordway Place, Nashville Classical is in the heart of East Nashville, home to some of the city’s most dynamic businesses, diverse neighborhoods, and high-need schools. 

Currently serving grades K-3, we enroll 292 scholars.  Over 60 percent of our families live below the poverty line and more than half come without basic literacy skills, including letter recognition, and the ability to write their own name. Nevertheless, we believe they will make history and be the state of Tennessee’s highest achieving children. Specifically, we think we can be the South’s first school to close the excellence gap by

  • Educating students in a racially, ethnically and economically diverse environment that still enrolls a plurality of the city’s most needy children.
  • Achieving advanced proficiency on state exams at rates only reached in the state’s wealthiest suburban schools.
  • Offering a robust specials program wherein all students study a fine art and achieve foreign language proficiency.
  • Leveraging technological solutions so that students spend more than 2 hours per day in small groups and study computer science by 8th grade.
The Position: 

The Assistant Principal of Student Supports works to lead and manage all items that do not fall under Nashville Classical’s core instructional program. Under the supervision of Nashville Classical’s Principal and in collaboration with our Executive Director, the AP of Student Supports leads the school’s Culture, Specials, and Exceptional Education programs.  Other responsibilities include structural, budgetary, and personnel decisions that promote student achievement related to culture, specials, and exceptional education.

Importantly, this is a new position at Nashville Classical. As such, the role will require management of three to six team members and a variety of programs that may have previously been executed, but have not been codified as systems or coached towards excellence. 

Our team is hardworking, humble, and smart. We come from diverse backgrounds and bring different skills, but all of us believe a child’s destiny cannot be decided by wealth, race, or background. 

At Nashville Classical, we expect every adult to:
  • Focus on scholars – our job is to improve minds and change lives
  • Operate with Integrity - always do the right thing; try to do things right
  • Be Resilient - grit, optimism and effort are adversity’s worst enemies
  • Treat your position as Scholarship – seek to improve constantly
  • Join the Team - Collaborate, communicate, and celebrate

In addition, the Assistant Principal of Student Supports should have experience in some of the following areas:

  • Achieved measurable results working with an urban population
  • Served as part of the School Leadership team or committee
  • Led grade-wide or school-wide initiatives
  • Managed adults or served as a peer leader
  • Managed a classroom or students with exceptional skill and leadership


The AP of Student Supports’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

 School Culture

  • Set a vision for classroom management and establish classroom and school-wide systems to support that vision.
  • Lead professional development related to school culture and provide a useful framework to teachers and staff as they work to manage their classrooms with a combination of consistency and autonomy.
  • Manage a Behavior Support Coordinator and support his/her efforts to communicate with scholars, families, and teachers.

 Exceptional Education

  • Manage and coach a Student Supports Director to provide direct support effectively to students, communicate effectively to teachers, and schedule effective interventions for the entire school.
  • Communicate with a variety of external constituents and support the communication of the Student Supports Director – including external School Counselors, Speech Therapists, and School Psychologists
  • Directly provide interventions to scholars, as necessary.



  • Set a vision and schedule for the school’s specials program.
  • Provide a framework for an effective year long Specials plan and outstanding instruction in Specials and Enrichment.
  • Coach and manage 2-4 teachers and provide feedback on plans, assessment, and student data (including classroom observations).


Special Projects

  • Collaborate across the school on a variety of Special Projects including Community Meetings, Family Nights, Field Trips, Student Tours, Enrollment, etc.


The Schedule

  • Be present and engaged at least from 7:00 AM – 4:30 PM.
  • Work periodic evenings and weekends, as needed.
  • Work through Summer 2017 to plan Summer Training for teachers and orientation for scholars. 

The Compensation

We offer a generous compensation package (including full benefits) and equip school staff with the tools needed to succeed, including a dedicated workspace, laptop computer, high-speed internet access, and pertinent office supplies. In this role, there will also be a behavior support phone that will be shared by administrators and primarily belong to the Behavior Support Coordinator.


As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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