Benjamin E. Mays High School was founded in 1981 and is named after educator, author and civil rights activist Benjamin Elijah Mays. The school, along with the middle and elementary schools in the Mays Cluster, has an International Baccalaureate focus, which aims to develop inquisitive, knowledgeable and compassionate young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The $23 million newly renovated school has approximately 1,700 students and is located in southwest Atlanta, Georgia.
In Atlanta Public Schools, the principal’s primary job is to drive academic and social emotional learning outcomes for students. We expect that our principals spend more than half of their time on instructional leadership, specifically on the activities involved in leading and developing teachers to improve their instruction and drive student achievement. We also expect our principals to build lasting, equitable and sustainable organizations by developing a positive school culture for teachers and students, creating systems for the ongoing development of school staff, building a pipeline of future leaders that consistently demonstrate mastery of APS’ definitions of excellence, effectively engaging families and developing his/her successor.