YES Prep Public Schools

Principal Pathway


What is the Principal Pathway Residency?

The Principal Pathway Residency exists to build a bench of high-performing leaders who serve to fulfill the YES Prep mission and vision as a potential Principal, for both elementary and secondary schools.  The Residency is a 1-2 year paid position that offers individualized development and coaching under the guidance of a campus Lead Principal and the YES Prep Leadership Development team. 

Residents are developed through a cohort model that focuses on connecting data, relationships, ideas, and people. They will implement campus vision through management of the leadership team in partnership with the Lead Principal at their assigned campus. 

Residents learn by doing and create a portfolio of resources that can be used once promoted into the Principal role. Additionally, the Resident cohort participates in a deep study of literature on equity, leadership, and instruction throughout the residency that grounds them in the work they do to ensure we increase student achievement.

Residents have an abundance of professional learning activities including a summer induction, midyear intersession, frequent coaching sessions, site visits, and experiential learning opportunities.

What are the requirements to be a YES Prep Resident Principal?

  • At least 1 year in a Director or Assistant Principal role with demonstrated performance at a high level by June 2022
  • At least 2-3 years of experience as teacher of record    
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution
  • Demonstrated management experience – managing a team and/or teams
  • Not currently on a growth/improvement plan
  • Must be willing to go to any assigned YES Prep campus
  • Must be willing to commit to YES Prep for five years (if hired; Principal Residency is a one-two year commitment)

How can I be considered?

We run a very selective process, typically in November/December and then again in January/February.

The start date for Resident Principals is the first week of July, with two to three weeks of a summer induction in June. Offers will be made on a rolling basis starting as early as December. 

We are currently accepting applications. If this sounds like your just right job, the full job description and next steps to apply can be found in our list of current openings here.

Additionally, we will have two information sessions. To learn more about the role, please plan on attending the first info session on Thursday, October 28th (link included to join).

10.28.21: Virtual Info Session (1 of 2) @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Clink here to join: Resident Principal Info Session – 10.28.21 @ 6 PM


The second info session is following the first application window to better understand more about the supplemental application and next steps, if invited (link included to join).

11.11.21: Virtual Info Session (2 of 2) @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Clink here to join: Resident Principal Info Session – 11.11.21 @ 6 PM

Selection Timeline:

Our hiring team anticipates:




Application Opens


Virtual Info Session (1 of 2) @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM (see link above)


Application Closes @ 8 AM for anyone wanting to be considered for the first round of interviews


Supplemental Application Opens (per invite only)


Virtual Info Session (2 of 2) @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM  (see link above)


Supplemental Applications Due @ 8 AM


Finalists Invited to Selection Day


Prework Opens (per invite only)


Prework Due


Selection Day(s)

Offers will be made on a rolling basis starting as early as December 3, 2021.

To Be Determined

Future Selection Day(s)

We have a limited number of openings and, as the year progresses, we may continue making additional offers through the start date in July 2022.


Please see this front-and-back one-pager that includes this information.

Do you have any further questions? Contact Neena Simon at