Stout School of Education

High Point University Leadership Academy

High Point University Leadership Academy, through strong collaboration with its partners, prepares candidates to become strong school leaders who will transform high-needs schools into learning environments that result in high performance for all students.
Program Description/Introduction

Cohort Candidates Assume Assistant Principal Roles 

Cohort III to Begin in Fall 2018 

The HPU Leadership Academy is excited to begin its third cohort in the fall of 2018. There are 17 candidates representing  partnering districts which include Alamance-Burlington Schools, Asheboro City Schools, Cabarrus County Schools, Elkin City Schools, Mount Airy City Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools, Lincoln County Schools, Vance County Schools, Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools, and Yadkin County Schools.

The seventeen candidates came together for the first time on August 1 for a day long orientation.  During this orientation, they were provided with expectations, guidelines, fun activities, and a campus tour. They were also able to meet and discuss the program with members from cohort I & II of the HPULA. What a great group! We look forward to working with them on this journey!

Cohort IV to Begin in Spring 2019

The HPU Leadership Academy is once again excited to begin a new cohort! We will begin the selection process this fall for our fourth cohort (see timeline below). Classes will begin Spring 2019. We will be choosing 16 candidates who will represent  partnering districts which include Asheboro City Schools, Davie County Schools, Guilford County Schools, Lincoln County Schools and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Important dates:

Sept 4 - Oct 8: Recruiting & selection in districtsNov 10: Assessment Day
Oct 10: Candidates' names to Dr. ZwadykNov 13 - Dec 6: Rubrics and Graduate School applications reviews; scores compiled
Oct 12: Candidates notified of participation in Assessment DayDec 10: Notice to superintendents of accepted candidates
Oct 15 - Nov 5: Candidates submit online application to HPU Graduate SchoolDec 12: Notice to candidates of acceptance by HPU Graduate School
Oct 29: Assessment task are dueDec 17: Candidate deadline for acceptance of admission to HPULA
Oct 30-31: Assessment Protocol Training for Academy Advisory and Principal Leadership TeamTBD: Orientation


Please contact Dr. Barbara Zwadyk with any questions.

Face-to-Face Meeting Dates

Fall 2018
(Cohort III)
Spring 2019
(Cohorts III & IV)
Summer 2019
(Cohorts III & IV)
August 24 - 25January 18 - 19May 31 - June 1
September 21 - 22January 25 - 26June 14 - 15
October 26 - 27February 15 - 16July 12 - 13
November 16 - 17March 1 - 2July 19 - 20
November 30 - December 1April 5 - 6July 26 - 27
*January 11 - 12: Center for Creative Leadership*June 26 - 27: Restorative Practice~Ms. Effie McMillan
*July 17 - 18: Behavior Interventions~ Ms. Trish Gladstone
*July 22 - 24: Instructional Leadership~ Dr. Ray Jones
*Additional dates may be added.

Cohort I
HPU welcomed the first cohort of principal candidates to the Leadership Academy.  Cohort I  began their journey to earning an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership in January 2017.

Culminating Projects

Mini Cohort A: Relationships and Equity Presentation
Mini Cohort B: PLCs and Data Presentation
Mini Cohort C: Distributive Leadership and Culture
Wrap Up Video
Hashtag Video

Cohort II
HPU welcomed the second cohort of principal candidates to the Leadership Academy.  Cohort II  began their journey to earning an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership in May 2017.

Culminating Projects

Wrap Up Video
Hashtag Video

Leadership Collaboration – Cohorts I and II 

Cohort III

HPU is pleased to welcome the third cohort of principal candidates to the Leadership Academy.  Beginning in August 2018, these individuals start their journey to earning an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.

Program of Study
High Point University Leadership Academy Advisory Board
Principal Leadership Team
Executive Coaching Information
Policies for HPU Graduate Students

Academy Affiliates



Graduate Admissions
Norcross Hall
One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27268

Phone: 336-841-9198
Fax: 336-841-9024

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