ESI Works is now hiring a Lower School Principal in Kennesaw, GA.


The Lower School Principal is responsible for the academic performance, culture, and discipline in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade.


  • Lead students and teachers in pursuit of the school’s Mission, Core Virtues, and Values;
    • Serve as the principal teacher: select, develop, teach, and inspire the faculty;
    • Build consistency and quality in the teaching of reading, writing, and spelling vis a vis an explicit phonics program;
    • Build consistency and quality in the teaching of math, and find the optimal balance between conceptual learning, practice, and drill;
    • Establish cohesive, age-appropriate executive function system to help students and teachers learn organization and study skills;
    • Articulate and enforce age-appropriate standards and consistency in the following areas: homework type and amounts, grading standards, relative difficulty, expectations for communications with parents, timeliness of grade inputs, culture, discipline, decorum and emphasis on virtue, particularly self-government
    • Accelerate the learning and performance of less experienced teachers;
  • Oversee and direct an academic plan that embraces and upholds the following key characteristics:
    • The centrality of the Western tradition in the study of history, literature, philosophy, and fine arts;
    • A rich and recurring examination of the American literary, moral, philosophical, political, and historical traditions;
    • The use of explicit phonics instruction leading to reading fluency, and the use of explicit grammar instruction leading to English language mastery;
    • The teaching of Latin;
    • The acknowledgement of objective standards of correctness, logic, beauty, weightiness, and truth intrinsic to the liberal arts;
    • A school culture demanding moral virtue, decorum, respect, discipline, and studiousness among the students and faculty;
    • A curriculum that is content-rich, balanced and strong across the four core disciplines of math, science, literature, and history;
    • A faculty where well-educated and articulate teachers explicitly convey real knowledge to students using traditional teaching methods rather than “student-centered learning” methods;
    • A school that uses technology effectively but without diminishing the faculty leadership that is crucial to academic achievement;
  • Ensure the school meets academic requirements required by law and the Charter Agreement;
  • Oversee the Student Services Director to maintain compliance with federal IDEA requirements for students with disabilities;
  • Cooperate with other members of the leadership and support teams;
  • Manage professionally a broad base of constituents including employees, charter authorizers, philanthropic donors, the public, and students and their families.


  • Have enthusiasm for the school’s mission and the ability to promote classical education as a speaker, writer, and teacher;
  • Have an authentic interest in becoming part of the fabric of the geographic region and the school community;
  • Possess the highest standards of integrity and a strong moral and ethical character;
  • Possess a strong sense of organizational ownership;
  • Foster an intellectual atmosphere that calls students towards a serious depth of inquiry and sense of wonder;
  • Generate trust and confidence by others in his or her leadership by exhibiting the following behaviors and characteristics: integrity, transparency, clear communication, truthfulness, decisiveness, listening, equanimity, collaboration, approachable, winsomeness, kindness, and humility;
  • Have a “deep keel” – a secure sense of self that results in steady, unflappable leadership;
  • Be intellectually curious, have a cooperative spirit, constantly eager to improve;
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; and
  • Maintain a high degree of energy and personal productivity, and to effectively manage the productivity of others.


  • Demonstrable success in producing sustained academic outcomes and the desired school culture in a similarly sized classical school;
  • Deep and genuine expertise in elementary, classical education;
  • The ability to teach well and to coach teachers to greater degrees of effectiveness;
  • Demonstrable skill in fostering positive, productive relationships and outcomes in a small-school environment;
  • Experience in personnel management, including recruiting and hiring, supervising and evaluating, and individual and organizational development;
  • An understanding of state accountability systems for K-12 public schools and laws relevant to charter schools;
  • No less than a graduate degree in one or more of the liberal arts or a related field of study;
  • Experience reporting directly to an executive supervisor;
  • Experience dealing with people of diverse backgrounds and constituents with competing agenda.

All applicants are encouraged to apply directly on this page, or call 888.246.6066 for more information. Thank you for your interest in this position.