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our search for the next superintendent

Atlanta Public Schools next superintendent is projected to be hired by July 1, 2024. Between October and December 2023, the recruitment firm selecting candidates conducted outreach for feedback to develop a leadership profile.

We know the next superintendent must take bold action to meet the priorities shared among school stakeholders across the district:

  • Hiring and retaining quality teachers and administrators
  • Preparing students to be ready for the next grade, college and career, and
  • Addressing the achievement and opportunity gap

With two new board members on the Atlanta Board of Education, there is still time to share your feedback and encourage the school board to select a superintendent who will innovate for APS.

superintendent characteristics

With insight gathered from surveys, interviews, and focus groups, these are the characteristics the school board wants in the next superintendent:

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  • 98% want a Chief Communicator

  • 82% want a leader Evidence-Based

  • 87% want a leader with Education Experience

  • 81% want an Equity Driven leader

  • 69% want a leader who Knows Atlanta (district map)

top priorities for the superintendent

The  four top-rated priorities that stood out in most surveys, interviews, and focus groups were:

  • Hire & retain talent
    Hire & retain quality teachers and administrators.)

  • College & career-ready students
    Prepare students to be ready for the next grade and ultimately college and career.

  • Close the opportunity gap
    Addressing achievement & opportunity gaps.

  • Safety
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innovation in Atlanta Public Schools

“You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been.” Check out these case studies on past and current innovation efforts in the Douglass Cluster.

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Attracting and retaining staff with diverse identities, backgrounds, and lived experience in public schools and the public school system

Further diversifying our board to include deeper lived experience and perspective from public school parents and under-resourced communities

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Creating an inclusive working culture that celebrates difference, promotes universal belonging, and fosters ongoing learning and personal growth

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Adopting participatory grantmaking practices to include those with deep lived experience in public schools and the public school system in the decision-making process

Partnering with communities to advance racial justice in education and on other issues, including housing, health, and economic stability