West High School Principal

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Salary Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
May 12, 2021
Job Category
Administrator, Principal
Grade Level
High School
Job Type

The Sun Prairie Area School District is looking for a dynamic, student centered, and equity focused administrator to become the leader of our newly constructed Sun Prairie West High School opening in the fall of 2022 in the growing community of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. We are seeking a self-reflective, innovative, equity-focused, and visionary leader who has a core belief of seeing diversity as an asset and will create a collaborative environment with all staff and families. The Sun Prairie Area School District actively encourages women and candidates of color to apply. 

The principal of Sun Prairie West High School has the unique opportunity to open a state of the art high school and be a part of the history of the supportive community of Sun Prairie and innovative Sun Prairie Area School District. The educational leader hired for this role will begin during the summer of 2021 with the opportunity to build the culture of Sun Prairie West High School through the welcoming and hiring of the inaugural staff, making strong connections with the Sun Prairie community, and collaboratively creating systems and structures to ensure all students are academically and socially successful in school and beyond as the school opens in the fall of 2022. 

In the Sun Prairie Area School District …

  • We value the diversity of our community.
  • We value the experience and wisdom that each student brings to the learning community.
  • We believe in providing a welcoming, safe and nurturing environment.
  • We believe in supporting the social, emotional and academic needs of every student to help them reach their full potential.
  • We believe in inspiring our students and workforce to be lifelong learners.
  • We believe that developing critical thinking and analytical skills will prepare students to become engaged and productive citizens.
  • We believe in teaching ethical behavior and modeling character.
  • We believe in creating a passion for teaching and learning.
  • We believe in preparing students to thrive in a dynamic future.
  • We value and support a highly qualified, diverse and culturally responsive workforce.
  • We believe that collaborative partnerships with students, parents, teachers, staff, businesses and the greater community lead to educational excellence.
  • We believe in continuous improvement in our pursuit of excellence.

The Sun Prairie Experience:

Sun Prairie is a vibrant, thriving, and increasingly diverse community located in northeastern Dane County, just east of the City of Madison. Sun Prairie is known in the region for its high quality of life, its excellent parks and recreation programs, historic downtown, its exceptional public school system, and progressive approach to the development and redevelopment of the community. The City of Sun Prairie has experienced strong population growth over the last 10 years, undergoing a transformation from a relatively small community to an estimated 35,000 today.

The Sun Prairie School District is made up of over 8,500 amazing and diverse students. More than a third are students of color. Ten percent of our students speak a language other than English. Approximately thirty percent of our students are eligible to receive free and reduced lunches. Our students are deeply involved in our community, and are truly the pride of our community. 

The Sun Prairie Area School District has earned a reputation for being an innovative and progressive school district. This reputation has been earned due to the quality of staff who serve and love our students every day. Our staff lead highly relevant, engaging, and innovative programming. A sampling of our programming includes our Mandarin Chinese and other world language programming, our Advanced Placement Computer Science programming, our personalization and co-teaching instructional strategies, AVID programming, and many other strong literacy and math course offerings.

Our district has been fortunate to be growing in the number of students attending our schools over the last decade and the Sun Prairie community has supported the school district every step of the way. The Sun Prairie community passed a referendum in the Spring of 2019 to build Sun Prairie West High School, a state of the art athletic stadium, and renovate our current upper middle school into a traditional middle school, professional learning center, and healthcare facility for our District.  These improvements demonstrate the commitment to invest in the future of our students, families, staff, and community. 

Minimum Qualifications:


  • 3 Years of School Administrative Experience (Preference given for experience in schools that are racially, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse)
  • 3 Years of professional educator experience at the secondary level
  • Master's Degree in Educational Administration 
  • Possess and maintain a current Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) license for Principal (51).  Additional licensure as Director of Instruction (10) or Director of Student Services (80) are highly valued.
  • Certified in Teachscape Evaluation 
  • Demonstrated alignment to District Vision and Core Values
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence with equity, anti-racism, cultural competence
  • Understand and can articulate the systems that lead to inequitable outcomes for students, are committed to disrupting racist practices and creating an inclusive environment.
  • Experience working cross-culturally and/or commitment to work toward improving one's own cultural proficiency i.e. valuing difference/diversity, recognizing personal limitations in one's skills and expertise, and having the desire to learn in these areas.
  • All SPASD positions require employees to commit to functioning from a common understanding about the history and effects of racism, structural racism and implicit bias.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish relationships with students, staff, parents and the community. 
  • Demonstrated ability in the use of data to improve student learning for all students and in the design and implementation of professional learning experiences to enhance adult use of student data to improve practices and drive school improvement focused on equitable advanced student achievement outcomes 
  • Demonstrated alignment to District vision and core values
  • Demonstrated leadership experience that drives school improvement
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist practices and a sense of urgency towards closing the achievement gap
  • Training, experience, and expertise in the following areas of education: working within an instructional team, standards-based instruction and assessment, culturally relevant and differentiated instruction, and technology skills to enhance professional learning and instruction.
  • Demonstrated ability in the use of data to improve student learning and in the design and implementation of professional learning experiences to enhance adult use of student data to improve practices and drive school improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish relationships with students, staff, parents and the community.

Desired Qualifications

  • Multi-lingual with preference for fluency in Spanish and/or Hmong
  • The Sun Prairie Area School District actively encourages women and candidates of color to apply. 

Do you want to be part of a district working hand in hand with the growing Sun Prairie community to provide high quality educational experiences for all students?

Do you want to join a team that is advocating and leading the work to ensure academic and social-emotional success for every child, every day?

If you answered yes to these questions, please apply by visiting the Sun Prairie Area School District Employment Opportunity website: https://www.sunprairieschools.org/departments/human-resources/employment-opportunities

In an effort to provide staffing mirroring student demographics, candidates of color are encouraged to apply.

Are you ready to be a part of the history of Sun Prairie? 

Apply by May 24th, 2021