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Freire Schools

Assistant Head of School / Assistant Principal (24-25 SY)

Philadelphia, PA

About Freire Schools

Established in 1999, Freire Schools ( is a network of four charter schools across Philadelphia and Delaware whose mission is to prepare students from historically underserved communities for success in college and beyond. We're distinguished by our belief in every student who walks through our doors, our strong code of conduct and commitment to peace that ensures a safe environment for all, our sense of family throughout our community, and our joyous and engaged classrooms that focus on academic achievement. As evidence of our impact, in 2023 Stanford's Center for Research on Education Outcomes ranked Freire Schools in the top 15 in the country for academic gains out of 368 charter networks nationwide.

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About the team

Freire Schools is conducting an open resume collection for an Assistant Head of School. Potential openings may be based at any of our Philadelphia campuses.

What you'll do

Reporting to the Head of School, the Assistant Head of School/Assistant Principal will be responsible for assisting in the day to day operations of the school, with a special emphasis on instructional leadership. At Freire, we believe that when students create, they build the future. The Assistant Head of School will work with school leadership to ensure a school environment (academic and cultural) conducive to this creative, hands-on, problem-based learning model.


  • Develop excellence in all instructional staff by conducting formal and informal classroom observations and coaching support.
  • Shape and analyze data to improve school operations and student success.
  • Build a culture of instructional excellence and continuous improvement characterized by standards-based, problem-based instruction, collaboration, and a relentless focus on maximizing student learning and positive experience.
  • Support teachers with suggestions and strategies to improve curriculum, instruction, assessment, and classroom management,
  • Foster a joyful school climate, including the thoughtful adherence to the Student Code of Conduct and resolution of student conflict.
  • Assist with daily operations, including student arrival and dismissal, celebrating success, scheduling, attendance, facility management, cafeteria management, etc.

Who you are

You possess an unwavering belief that our students are capable of success, and you both exude and cultivate our values of equity, love, critical thinking, and diversity. We're looking for someone who meets the minimum requirements to be considered for the role. If you meet these requirements, you are encouraged to apply.

Minimum requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree or higher
  • 4+ years of K-12 public or charter teaching experience, particularly in high-needs schools
  • Prior leadership experience (e.g. teacher-leader experience: mentor teacher, department chair, grade-level chair, extra-curricular leadership; school leadership experience: instructional coach, director of curriculum of instruction, assistant principal or principal, director of student activities, etc.)
  • Superior grasp of effective instructional methods that allow students to do the intellectual heavy lifting
  • A strong ability to develop relationships and work with various members of our school community, from students to teachers to heads of school.

Pay and benefits

We offer a competitive salary based on your experience and qualifications. Our benefits package includes health, dental, vision, and more. Pennsylvania employees are enrolled in Freire's 403(b) retirement plan which includes a 5% contribution from Freire.

Client-provided location(s): Philadelphia, PA, USA
Job ID: Freire-4003760008
Employment Type: Other