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Job Details

  • Job ID: 2902394
  • Application Deadline: April 6, 2018
  • Posted : March 8, 2018
  • Starting Date: June 2018

Job Description

Middle School Principal

Position: Middle School Principal
Location: Round Rock, TX
Reports to: Head of School
FLSA Status: Exempt
School Year: 2018-2019
Start date: June 2018


The middle school principal is responsible for the overall quality of the day-to-day operations of Meridian Middle School (Grades 6-8). Meridian School, a public, charter school, is subject to many of the same State accountability measures as traditional public schools. As a charter school, we are given flexibility to innovate. Meridian has been authorized to offer its students the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program for all K-12 students via the IB Primary Years Program (PYP), grades K-5; the IB Middle Years Program (MYP), grades 6-10; and the IB Diploma Program (DP), grades 11-12. Our philosophy has been that, "If we teach IB with fidelity, stellar State student accountability scores will come." And they have. Meridian has consistently earned distinction in all of the State assessed subjects, English/ELA, social studies, science, and mathematics. The new middle school principal will be tasked with taking our existing MYP to the next level. Since its inception, Meridian's single secondary principal oversaw all of secondary (grades 6-12). Now, due to our growth and success, we will have both a dedicated middle and high school principal, which makes the new middle school principal the first to hold the position. This person will work closely with the current primary and secondary principals, middle school assistant principals, and PYP and MYP IB coordinators to create a fluid transition from primary to middle to high school,. The Middle Years Program begins in 6th grade and concludes in 10th, thus involving middle and high school leadership. The middle school principal will benefit from trained IB educators, highly motivated students, and very engaged parents. The Middle School Principal will report to the Head of School and serve as an integral member of the Meridian School Executive Leadership Team which is responsible for setting the overall direction and strategy for all Meridian School programming. This is an ideal opportunity for a dynamic and visionary organizational leader with significant people management experience to play a critical role in expanding and shaping a premier K-12 charter school committed to "developing responsible citizens who can artfully navigate our complex world and enjoy a good life with others."

Master's degree in educational administration or related educational field from an accredited college or university
Valid Mid-Management certification or Principal Certificate preferred

Prior experience (3-5 years) as a middle school principal or assistant principal (in a Texas public or charter school preferred)
Prior experience as an MYP principal and/or MYP coordinator preferred
Experience with curriculum writing and inquiry-based instruction; IB experience a plus
Experience (3-5 years) as a classroom teacher

Understanding and knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment (IB MYP experience is a plus)
Entrepreneurial spirit capable of managing many complex tasks with competing priorities
Strong execution and leadership abilities including inspirational vision, conflict management, team building, mentoring and coaching, goal-setting, prioritization, and strategic planning
Exceptional organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
Organized and self-managed, able to handle many responsibilities simultaneously
Excellent problem-solver
Proven ability to collaborate and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders
Self-reflective leader who is committed to ongoing learning and growth
Dependable and excellent at follow-through
Commitment to our organization's mission and educational philosophy
Is ethical and acts with integrity
Is nurturing of adult and young learners
Open-minded to innovative teaching and operational methods

Manages the daily operations of the middle school.
Ensures the Meridian School mission, beliefs, and objectives are well articulated within the middle school (grades 6-8).
Supports the IB Middle Years Program (grades 6-10)
Supports whole school (K-12) culture and initiatives.
Supports the continuous improvement of the middle school and the development of a shared vision of learning and service.
Models strong instructional leadership by maintaining a strong professional culture with a focus on continuously improving teaching and learning.
Works closely with the Middle School Leadership Team (counselors/assistant principals/IB MYP coordinator/grade level team leaders) and teachers to ensure that "teaching IB with fidelity" is the norm.
Monitors initiatives closely and supports measures that support continuous achievement gains closely tied to whole-school objectives and initiatives.
Supervises and evaluates assistant principal, IB MYP coordinator, counselor, nurse, teachers, instructional and office staff to ensure continuous growth and improvement.
Works closely with the MYP Coordinator and the School Leadership Team to ensure program adherence and vertical and horizontal articulation and alignment of curriculum.
Works closely with the Head of School, the school executive team, and the business office to maintain a fiscally sound middle school.
Oversees the hiring of middle school staff and works closely with the middle school assistant principal to ensure ideal learning environments are valued.
Advises the Head of School on annual recruiting needs.
Works collaboratively with the school executive team to ensure health and safety of all students is paramount.
Budgets time for two-way communications with Head of School, staff, students, parents, and community.
Communicates and promotes expectations for high level performance from staff and students; recognize excellence and achievement while promoting a positive, caring climate of learning.
Upholds and recommends policies and procedures that have impact on the middle school and the whole school, in general.
Collaborates with the MYP Coordinator to inspire and to develop professional development opportunities for all staff tied to programmatic, curricular, and/or objective-based initiatives.
Contributes significantly to the school executive team.
Chairs monthly leadership team meetings.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive description of all work requirements and responsibilities. Additionally, the minimum level of education noted as a requirement could be supplemented by commensurate experience and/or certification(s) as determined by the Head of School.

Applicants should email Rick Fernández, Head of School, headofschool@mwschool.org, the following:
Letter of Interest
The résumé should include:
Contact Information
Education, Honors, Certifications
Key Qualifications
Employment history including title, name of employer address, salary, start date, reason for leaving
Four - Six (4-6) references with updated contact information
Candidates who are invited for an interview will be asked to submit the following before the interview:
Meridian Employment Application
Copy of Certifications
University Transcripts

Friday, April 6, 2018

Salary is based on years of experience, degree of education, and level of expertise. Meridian School participates in the Texas Retirement System (TRS). A competitive benefits package is offered, as well as a generous vacation package.


Meridian is a public, tuition-free charter school funded through state and federal dollars similar to traditional schools. Meridian is the vehicle realized by several Williamson County families who worked together with the goal of offering an education that would bring a love of learning to the classroom for their children.

A group of parents interested in educational choice fo r their s tudents and community came together to create a school using the International Bac calaureate framework and curriculum for Williamson County. The Founders and charter B oard Members consisted of people interested in non-traditional public education. This g roup was especially determined to provide a global, transportable education creating lifelong learners .

Located in Round Rock, on I-35 (just south of Harley Davidson), Meridian serves all students living in Williamson County. As a charter school, Meridian is a school of 'choice' offering an inquiry-based curriculum for grades K-12.

The intent of the Meridian charter was to become a continuum school for the International Baccalaureate Program, offering the Primary Years Program (PYP K-5), the Middle Years Program (MYP 6-10) and the Diploma Program (DP 11-12). It takes approximately three years to implement and become authorized for each program. As of May 2017, Meridian is proud to be an authorized International Baccalaureate Continuum school, offering the PYP, MYP, and DP programs.

Meridian School is located in Round Rock, TX, which is a part of the Greater Austin, Texas metropolitan area. (The following information is from Wikipedia).

Located about 20 miles (32 km) north of downtown Austin, Round Rock shares a common border with Austin at Texas State Highway 45 . In August 2008, Money magazine named Round Rock as the seventh-best American small city in which to live. [5] Round Rock was the only Texas city to make the Top 10. In a CNN article dated July 1, 2009, Round Rock was listed as the second fastest-growing city in the country, with

a population growth of 8.2% in the preceding year. [6] Round Rock has a strong public education system. [7] Round Rock is perhaps best known as the international headquarters of Dell Technologies , which employs approximately 16,000 people at its Round Rock facilities. [8] The presence of Dell along with other major employers, [9] a strong economic development program, favorable tax rates, and major retailers such as IKEA and a Premium Outlet Mall , and the mixed use La Frontera center, have changed Round Rock from a sleepy bedroom community [10] into its own self-contained "super suburb." [11]

The members of the Board of Directors are selected in accordance with the founding documents of Meridian School. The Board consists of seven positions. Members serve a three-year term with the opportunity for renewal. One parent may serve on the Meridian Board at any given time. The Meridian School board is charged with upholding the Charter (contract) that we have with the State of Texas. The responsibility is described succinctly in the formation documents: 'The Governing Board shall manage the Company's business and affairs.'



Meridian now has 1,600 students in grades K-12, with approximately 850 in grades K-5. An additional 1,600 students remain on the waitlist.

58 different languages are spoken by families at Meridian, including: Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Latvian, Hebrew, German, Greek, Farsi, Czech, Irish, Spanish, Somali, French, Portuguese, Norwegian, Kashmiri, Urdu and Tamil.

Meridian employs over 140 outstanding faculty and staff members, with 39% of teachers holding advanced degrees.

Meridian seeks dedicated, certified teachers with classroom experience in their fields, as well as a willingness to get involved in the extracurricular life of the school. Additionally, IB trained and multi-lingual professionals are preferred, though not required.

Being a charter district rather than a traditional district allows Meridian teachers to spend time teaching state requirements in a manner that best prepares students for their future, rather than teaching specifically to standardized tests.


Meridian is committed to teaching IB with fidelity. We encourage students to ask thought-provoking questi ons, develop research skills, reflect critically, and to be lifelong l earners. All Meridian students will l earn a second language to prepare them to work with others around the globe. We encourage action and service so that their education extends beyond the classroom.

Our Miss ion Statement (below) is directly tied to our belief in the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile. "Meridian students are inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective."

Meridian School will provide an invigorating educational environment that develops responsible citizens who can artfully navigate our complex world and enjoy a good life with others. Each student will engage in diverse investigations, disciplined inquiry, and integrated service learning to cultivate intercultural awareness, creativity and mental acuity.


Meridian's calendar is unique in that Wednesday afternoons are reserved for staff professional development. The students' school day ends at 1:30 on Wednesdays to allow teachers time to collaborate and further their knowledge of the curriculum.

In addition to Summer Break, each quarter ends with time for rest and reflection: Fall (October) Break, Thanksgiving Break, and Spring Break each consist of a week off for students and staff. Two weeks are given for Winter Break. This "balanced" calendar was created to provide families and teachers time to travel and/or explore personal interests.

Teacher salaries align with those of the local ISD. In addition to step or cost of living yearly increases, educators receive a salary bonus after five years of service.


The building located at 2555 N. IH-35, Round Rock, Texas was initially leased by Meridian until 2014 when the funds were available to purchase the building. To accommodate the growing student population, the facility underwent several phases of renovation, and in 2015 Meridian sold $30 million in school revenue bonds to fund the refinancing of the existing facility and to purchase and renovate the adjacent building at 2550 N. Mays. Meridian owns and occupies almost 15 acres with 200,000 square feet of interior space, including a scratch kitchen, a playground, a certified wildlife habitat, and is currently working to add an outdoor classroom and chicken coops.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Administrator > Principal/Dean/Head of School
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Meridian World School is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency OR WORK VISA IN United States required

    Contact Information

    • Rick Fernandez , Head of School
    • 2555 N I-H 35
    • ROUND ROCK, Texas 78664

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