AllentownSchool District

WAHS Principal Search

The Allentown, PA School District serves approximately 16,600 students in three high schools, four middle schools and 15 elementary schools. The district is the third largest urban school district in Pennsylvania and is located in the Lehigh Valley. William Allen High School is the district’s largest high school serving approximately 2,500 students in grades 9 through 12. The school serves a diverse population of students from the center city and west side of Allentown.

The richness of the Allentown School District’s diversity is strengthened by its role in educating all students for America’s future through academic excellence and celebrating the culturally responsive, athletic, and artistic range of talent in the schools. ASD students originate from 51 countries and speak 26 languages.

Approximately 89% of the school districts families are denoted as low income and 100% receive free and reduced lunch.

Desired characteristics

After seeking extensive input from students, parents, district staff, and community members via interviews and focus groups, the Allentown School District seeks a proven dynamic, strong, student centered and collaborative educational leader who possesses the following characteristics:

Demonstrated success in:

  • Leading and motivating school team members
  • Creating a positive and safe culture
  • Communicating with all stakeholders
  • An urban environment
  • Promoting a vision for all students achieving success
  • Creating a culture of equal access for all students

 Possesses personal leadership qualities that include:

  • Accessibility and approachability
  • Fostering a positive and professional environment
  • Acting with integrity
  • Being a decisive, calm, and objective problem solver
  • Being a team builder/consensus builder/collaborative leader
  • Transparency

 Highly effective in:

  • Developing a culture of trust, respect, and transparency
  • Cultivating a culture where students and staff feel safe, valued, and nurtured
  • Effective communication with all stakeholders (central office team, faculty, staff, parents, students, and community)
  • Improving student learning
  • Implementing/adhering to policies (consistency)
  • Improving student learning and attendance
  • Improving the graduation rate
  • Promoting diversity and inclusion of initiatives


William Allen High School principal is responsible for:

  • Providing a high-quality educational program that meets the needs of all students
  • Delivering strong administrative planning, maintenance, and evaluation within established district policies
  • Promoting the educational development of each student and the professional growth of a talented staff
  • Overseeing the operation of the school facilities
  • Participating in staff and student activities throughout the school year
  • Working and collaborating with the Allentown community in support of success for all students

Successful candidate expected Leadership Experiences and Accomplishments:

  • Demonstrated successful secondary school leadership experience preferably in a complex culturally diverse urban environment
  • Have or be immediately eligible for a Pennsylvania Department of Education Principal (75) certification
  • Fluency in Spanish would be advantageous


Salary in the range of $158,000 depending upon qualifications, experience, and credentials and subject to negotiations. Benefits similar to other district employees, Board policies, applicable Pennsylvania Statutes and subject to negotiation.

Interested in qualified individuals can learn more about the position and apply at: