Mar 20
Changes to Chapter 3 - School Governance


​3.2.2 Principal​
​ Expectations for Candidates and Principals

Principals and candidates for principal ​must demonstrate the capacity and openness to growth in order to effectively lead a Catholic elementary school in the areas that follow.


Principals and candidates for principal will know and be able to:

  • Initiate implementing and updating the catechetical materials and religious instruction resources used in the school; promote the ongoing formation of staff through systematic planning of spiritual growth opportunities​ throughout the year

  • Contemplate meaningful and varied forms of prayer throughout the year; create opportunities for daily prayer and at special times throughout the year; lead and model prayer for members of the school community

  • Model Christian values and promote them throughout the school community; emphasize Christian service learning that is carefully planned, age appropriate, and woven through the curriculum

  • Promote the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner consistent with Catholic social teaching

  • Ensure that the Catholic culture permeates all aspects of school life

  • Develop and maintain a collaborative culture with the pastor and parish to foster a comprehensive learning environment


Principals and candidates for principal will know and be able to:

  • Develop and maintain a collaborative staff culture to ensure excellence for all

  • Direct a clearly articulated, rigorous curriculum aligned with relevant standards, 21st-century skills, and Gospel values, implemented through effective, data-driven instruction that incorporates research-based methodologies

  • Ensure the implementation of schoolwide assessment methods and practices to communicate student progress and direct the continuous review of curriculum and improvement of instructional practices

  • Provide and direct programs and services aligned with the mission to enrich the academic program and support the holistic development of student and family life

  • Lead the development and implementation of a shared vision for comprehensive integration of technology to promote excellence and support transformation throughout the school


Principals and candidates for principal ​will know and be able to:

  • Understand and manage school finances, including budget development, ongoing oversight and projections, and tuition and fund-raising management

  • Hi​re​, train, and supervise faculty and staff in accordance with archdiocesan guidelines, including the Principal's Transition Inventory​

  • Optimize and maintain student enrollment in order to ensure school sustainability

  • Ensure a safe, secure, and welcoming learning environment

  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders

3.3.2 Administrative Structure of Archdiocesan and Parish High Schools​​​​​
​​ High School Principals 

In an archdiocesan high school, the superintendent of high schools approves the employment and/or confirmation of the principal, following a recommendation by the search committee after a formal interview process. The superintendent of high schools also may make a direct appointment in consultation with the chancellor. In a parish high school, the principal is employed by the pastor in consultation with the staff of the Department of Catholic Schools and the employment is confirmed by the superintendent of high schools.​ 

When a high school changes principals, the outgoing principal is required to complete the Principal’s Transition Inventory and to share and discuss it with the incoming principal, providing all documentation that is needed to effect a smooth transition in leadership.
In an archdiocesan high school, if a principal position needs to be filled on a temporary basis, the Department of Catholic Schools shall appoint an interim principal with the necessary professional, academic, and administrative qualifications and experience. In a parish high school, the pastor, in consultation with the Department of Catholic Schools, shall appoint the interim principal.

See "High School Principal"​ in the High School Job Descriptions and see Installation of a Principal within Mass.​


​3.2.2 Principal​​
​ Expectations for Candidates and Principals
Principal’s Transition Inventory

3.3.2 Administrative Structure of Archdiocesan and Parish High Schools​​​​​
​​ High School Principals 

Principal’s Transition Inventory


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