A South Carolina principal has been named the 2018 National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Akil Ross has been the principal of the award-winning 1,315-student Chapin High School for seven years. The school in the Lexington-Richmond district boasts a 96 percent graduation rate, and Ross has challenged his staff to get the graduation rate to 100 percent.
“Akil Ross’ accomplishments illustrate just how important it is to invest in leadership as a means of improving student learning,” JoAnn Bartoletti, the executive director of the NASSP, said in announcing the award.
A version of this article appeared in the November 01, 2017 edition of Education Week as South Carolina High School Educator Named National Principal of the Year