Paideia was started in 1971 by a small group of parents who wanted a school that educated children with respect for their individuality. The school was founded on the idea that children have different interests and learning styles, and that they progress at different rates. The ancient Greek word Paideia conveys the concept of a child’s total education: intellectual, artistic, and social. After many years and considerable growth in size and programs, Paideia remains true to the ideas that inspired it and brought it into existence. Today, Paideia is the leading progressive school in the southeast.


Paideia is a pre-K-12 college preparatory school of over 1,000 students in the Emory University area of Atlanta; the Junior High enrolls 184 students. Junior High classes combine 7th and 8th grade students into home base classes where they are taught language arts and social studies by the two home base classroom teachers. Students leave the home base for instruction in foreign language, math, music, art and science.


The program combines close contact and support from homeroom teachers with independence, individual responsibility, and a wide range of choices. It demands a lot from students, but does so in relaxed surroundings in which kids can feel at home. It provides a firm foundation in basic skills like math and writing, but it also has a creative curriculum designed to incorporate personal and social conflicts and develop self-awareness and expression.  Additional information about the philosophy and structure of the program can be found in the junior high section of our school website at


For more information about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, our focus on both social and emotional learning with rigorous academic offerings and opportunities for extra curricular learning, please visit our website.


Duties and Responsibilities:


The responsibilities of the position will evolve and develop with the changing nature of the Junior High school year.  Close collaboration with the Junior High Principal will be a vital and necessary part of the ongoing process.  While the majority of the responsibilities will fall in the administrative realm, there may also be some teaching time in the junior high.


The responsibilities of the JH Assistant Principal  will include work with students, parents and teachers under the guidance of the JH Principal as well as organization and facilitation of:

  • daily activities with students and the monthly JH meeting;
  • faculty meetings along with the JH faculty agenda committee;
  • educational parent meetings;
  • special days that enhance curriculum;
  • JH clubs and teams;
  • Short Term ( may elective classes);
  • student orientation activities;
  • special events in the JH including school-wide Race and Gender discussions, parent meetings, and JH parents’ night;


In addition, the JH Assistant Principal will:

  • provide both academic and social support for students;
  • facilitate the transitions from the elementary and to the high school especially in math and foreign language;
  • help coordinate the JH Admissions process – working closely with the Admissions Director and the JH Principal,
  • support the professional development of JH teachers, do classroom observations in coordination with the JH Principal, direct the mentoring program for new faculty, and work with the JH Principal and Assistant Head of School on hiring and recruitment for JH homebase and specialist teachers.



Applicants should hold a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership or another related field, and five or more years of experience working in administration and/or teaching junior high age students.

An ideal applicant for this position is someone who has experience organizing school wide events and working with teachers, coaches, students, and parents; interest and involvement in many areas of the Paideia community; a love for and understanding of junior high students; strong organizational skills; and experience mentoring and observing teachers.


Specific qualities we are looking for include the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively as a part of a team, to balance and understand the particular needs of JH students, parents and faculty, and to create a positive, nurturing environment for students.


Application Notes:

As a condition of employment, all employees hired after August 19, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and able to provide proof of such vaccination.


Salary is commensurate with education and experience. A benefits package is offered for benefits-eligible positions. The Paideia School is an equal opportunity employer.


Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references via our online application.

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