Booker T. Washington High School was founded in 1924 and was the first public high school for African-American students in Georgia. The school listed on the National Register of Historic Places and notable alumni includes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lena Horne, and Les Brown. Booker T. Washington High School, along with the middle school and elementary schools in the Washington Cluster, has a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focus that uses problem solving, discovery and exploratory project/problem-based learning. The school has approximately 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.