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Johnston Principal Leadership Academy

The Johnston Principal Leadership Academy is a principal preparation program at NC State. The program will train aspiring school leaders to serve specifically in Johnston County Public Schools. The Johnston Principal Leadership Academy is now accepting Applications!

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35,003 students attend public schools in Johnston County. 48% of students in the school district receive free or reduced lunch. 13.7% of students are involved in special programs, including individualized education plans (IEP), Section 504 plans, homebound services, and others. Johnston County Schools (JCS) has had partnerships with NCSU to offer MSA cohorts for over 10 years. The most recent cohort (graduated May 2014), participated in a Candidate Assessment Day with representatives from the university. Based on the success of this cohort, JCS modified their current principal interview process (February 2016) to model the assessment day. In addition to a typical interview, JCS will also utilize scenarios, role-playing, writing activities, and personality assessments to provide a wealth of data in assisting our superintendent in hiring and appropriately placing principals. JPLA will strengthen the existing partnership between NCSU and JCS. Several senior JCS officials teach in the NELA program. They are eager to enhance NCSU’s JCS partnership and bring an exceptional MSA to JCS. To learn more about JCS, visit

JPLA held information sessions on November 9, 2017 4:30pm-6:00pm and November 13, 2017 4:30pm-6:00pm at the AG Glenn Building.

Admission applications were due to the NC State Graduate School on  January 15, 2018. Applicants must have also completed the residency form as part of the regular NCSU graduate school application. In addition to the online application, JPLA held a mandatory Candidate Assessment Day on January 20, 2018. Admission decisions will be made following Candidate Assessment Day. Students will begin the degree program in Summer 2018 and will graduate in May 2020. To learn about the selection process, please read the steps below.

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