The Headmaster and the Executive Director lead the administrative team, which operates under the Board of Trustees at Chesterton Academy of St. Margaret Clitherow. These co-leaders share responsibilities for nurturing and maintaining the mission and traditions of the school and ensuring fidelity to the Magisterium. Both administrators are hired by and report directly to the Board of Trustees.
• The Headmaster is responsible for implementing the school's academic vision and mission; upholding the school's discipline policies and traditions; as well as the Chesterton Schools Network curriculum. The Headmaster is responsible for the hiring, mentoring, and training of teachers.
• The Headmaster works in collaboration with the Executive Director and the executive team, which is responsible for the image, public relations, fundraising, enrollment/tuition, activities, events, recruiting, and marketing of the school. He should help support these activities. He also works with the Executive team on building strong parent-school relationships and communication.
A collaborative relationship between the Headmaster, the Executive Director, and the Board is a requirement.
The Headmaster serves as the leader of our teachers and is responsible for guiding them as they provide a safe learning environment that adheres to our Catholic identity and meets the approved curriculum and mission of the school. By training our faculty to be better teachers and to uphold the policies of the school, the Headmaster plays a crucial role in creating an environment that attracts and retains students and families. The role is focused on inspiring teachers in the classroom and igniting support and enthusiasm for classical education among our faculty, parents, and stakeholders. The Headmaster should be present in the classrooms and hallways of the school for the majority of the school day.
In addition to any teaching responsibilities, the primary responsibilities of the Headmaster are:
• Building the Morale of the Faculty
• Forming the Whole Student
• Understanding, Promoting, Protecting, and Implementing the Chesterton Schools Network Curriculum
To those ends, the Headmaster is responsible for the following:
Curriculum and Academic Excellence
• Implement the Chesterton Schools Network curriculum as provided on Chesterton Online, the Network's learning management system, and in the specified timeframes
• Ensure teachers use the proper course materials for each class
• Participate in Chesterton Schools Network curriculum discussions and headmaster calls
• Assist with annual supply ordering by making sure all teachers prepare material requests for the following year during the end-of-year in-service
• Review relevant course documents and see that they are uploaded to CASMC's shared faculty folder. The documents that must be uploaded are: course syllabus, weekly or bi-weekly teaching plans, tests, and other relevant instructional materials, etc.
• Educate the faculty about the CLT and develop ways to improve student preparedness
• Work with the Student Lifecycle Manager on the promotion and administration of the CLT8 (freshmen), CLT10 (sophomores), and CLT (juniors and seniors)
• Review results of student tests (ACT, SAT, CLT, and Diagnostic Tests)
• Review the implementation of the IEW program at in-services and when the units are being taught throughout the year; review the effectiveness of the program annually
• Explore opportunities to provide more robust academic challenges to students, e.g., National Latin Test, etc.
• Promote the Franciscan University of Steubenville Academic Partnership with our current and prospective families
• Help the school develop ways to teach students about academic integrity
Instruction and Hiring of Teachers
• Oversee faculty hiring, management, evaluation, rehires, terminations, and teaching assignments
• Oversee classes' adherence to curriculum and ensure that classes are academically rigorous
• Help faculty to cultivate a truly Socratic classroom
• Help faculty better appreciate our namesake G.K. Chesterton and better understand how the school can embody a Chestertonian spirit
• Conduct weekly 1-1 meetings with each teacher covering the following: pacing, adherence to the curriculum and appropriate assignments, homework load, classroom management, and professional development
• Thoroughly review academic policies with teachers at in-services and weekly meetings; e.g., attendance and tardiness, the appropriate time and procedures for make-up work/tests, sports eligibility, managing tests and papers around events, graduation eligibility, etc.
• Conduct classroom observations of faculty members as part of their evaluation process and arrange for master teachers and school leaders to conduct observations; the school expects at least one informal observation and one formal observation of each teacher per year
• Be present in hallways and classrooms and at events
• Work with the Executive Director to assign teachers to supervisions and duties for before, during, and after school. Assign extra duties to faculty as needed to assist with building management and academic needs (e.g., after-school math help, Latin help, etc.)
• Promoting and upholding the school's discipline and uniform policies and helping students and parents understand them better
• Ensure that faculty members communicate with parents regarding students' academic progress via regular phone calls and conferences
• Help the faculty manage student workload by holding all teachers accountable to using the school calendar to share the dates of major quizzes, tests, and papers; and review dates to make sure that they are in keeping with our mission to support family life
• Review each course's homework load with teachers at 1-1 weekly meetings
• Review homework load with students periodically and communicate with Student Success Coaches about concerning trends in workload, academic integrity, and executive functioning concerns
Student Information Systems (working with the Student Lifecycle Manager)
• Review grade books and ensure faculty are current on inputting grades and returning graded work to students, per the timeline and SOPs in the family and employee handbook
• Ensure that all faculty members enter all data into systems including grades, absences, demerits, detentions, etc. Identify any teachers with technical issues that can be referred to the Student Lifecycle Manager (the school's SIS manager) for further assistance.
Admissions and Enrollment
• Work with Executive Director and leadership team to review prospective student applications
• Conduct a 10-minute interview with each student who shadows and participate in family interviews on the day of the HSPT
• Review placement tests with other admissions decision-makers and contact parents if a student must undertake remedial work
• Deliver presentations to prospective parents and students at open houses and selected school events
• During the admissions and enrollment phases, work with students who request accommodations for learning disabilities or other conditions (must be documented by a physician)
• Conduct exit interviews with all families of students who leave prior to graduation
Teaching Responsibilities (as needed)
The Headmaster maintains the following working relationships:
1. The Headmaster reports directly to the Board of Trustees.
2. The Headmaster is a part of the school's Executive Team.
3. The Headmaster works closely with the Executive Director and staff members (particularly the Student Lifecycle Manager, the Mission Advancement Coordinator, and the Student Life Coordinator) to advance our mission.
4. The Headmaster works closely with the Dean of Formation.
5. The Headmaster has a supervisory relationship with faculty.
The Headmaster must be practicing Roman Catholic and demonstrate a commitment to Catholic secondary education. Other requirements include teaching experience in a classical school environment; previous experience in secondary school administration; and familiarity with the mission of Chesterton Academy of St. Margaret Clitherow and the teachings of the Catholic Church.