Stout School of Education

High Point Leadership Academy

High Point 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, pending final approval of the budget by the General Assembly this summer. Partnering districts 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.

Important dates:

Jan 2-Feb 9: Recruiting & selection in districtsMar 13-21: Review of rubrics & compilation of scores
Feb 13: Candidates' names to Dr. ZwadykMar 22: Rank ordering of candidates by district; review of score sheet, names to HPU Graduate School
Feb 13-19: Candidates submit online application to HPU Graduate SchoolApr 5: Notice to superintendents of accepted candidates
Feb 26-28: Review of applications for Assessment DayApr 10: Notice to candidates of acceptance by HPU Graduate School
Mar 1: Assessment Protocol TrainingApr 17: Candidate deadline for acceptance of admission to HPULA
Mar 13-21: Review of rubrics & compilation of scoresTBD: Orientation


Winter 2017 Leadership Academy Update

Aspiring principals in the High Point University Leadership Academy have been learning and experiencing nearly non-stop since they entered the program. Cohort I finished strong on December 1 with culminating presentations of the residency learning and a gallery walk which included personal plans and sharing experiences.  Cohort II has wrapped up their final courses and beginning in January, will be immersed in their full-time residency, site visits for coached walkthroughs and coaching conversations. Schedules have been intense and these 30 individuals continue to give an impressive 100% to the commitment of being among the best prepared to lead high needs schools in their districts.

Below is a highlight of learning experiences completed or in progress:

The HPU Leadership Academy’s first cohort of aspiring principals finished strong, sharing highlights of their learning and their impact with district superintendents, supervising principals, and HPU faculty. Click on the following links to view cohort I’s culminating projects, wrap up and hashtag videos.

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 has completed all of their six courses and the following experiential activities: Transformational Change (Piedmont Triad Educational Consortium), Driving Results for Innovation (Center for Creative Leadership), and STEM Leadership (Dr. Shirley Disseler and Lego). During spring semester, when they are involved in their full-time internship, they will participate in the remaining activities.  Their culminating presentation will take place on May 3.

Cohort II Schedule

Please contact Dr. Barbara Zwadyk with any questions.


Cohort I
HPU is pleased to welcome the first cohort of principal candidates to the Leadership Academy.  Beginning in January 2017, these individuals begin their journey to earning an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.


Cohort II
HPU is pleased to welcome the second cohort of principal candidates to the Leadership Academy.  Beginning in May 2017, these individuals start their journey to earning an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.

Leadership Collaboration – Cohorts I and II 

Program of Study
High Point 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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