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Upper School Science Teacher

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New Roads School - Santa Monica, CA
Full Time
4 Year Degree


Job Title: Upper School Science Teacher

Job Status: Full-Time

Reports to: Upper School Director

New Roads School provides an inspired college preparatory program from which an authentically diverse student population, mirroring the rich diversity of Los Angeles, develops a personal dedication to learning, a respect for independent thinking, an expanding curiosity about the world and its people, and a commitment to the common good. We are a co-educational, non-denominational K-12 school of approximately 550 students. We pride ourselves on our small class sizes, passionate educators, and dedication to relational, embodied learning.

The Upper School Science Teacher is a professional, experienced and passionate educator with teaching experience in the sciences at the upper school level (grades 9-12).


  • An understanding of, and commitment to, New Roads’ philosophy and approach to education.

  • A firm commitment to access, equity, and inclusion and working with a diverse community.

  • Ability to plan and teach a wide range of high school (grades 9-12) science courses, including possibly biology, chemistry, earth science, and environmental science.

  • Ability to use conventional and unconventional tools to explore Science, and encourage scientific literacy and inquiry-based thought on a daily basis.

  • Thorough knowledge of subject matter, including use of correct science vocabulary, effectiveness in teaching, and how students develop a scientific understanding of the world and scientific skills.

  • Demonstrated understanding of theories related to upper school school (grades 9-12) students’ developmental milestones and socio-emotional lives

  • Experience and interest in differentiated instruction, project-based, constructivist approach to teaching and learning, as well as portfolio, authentic, and performance assessment.

  • Solid organization, communication and writing skills.

  • Excellent classroom management skills.

  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

  • Provide students with opportunities and support in the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, the exploration of ideas, and the development of leadership qualities.

  • Maintain and communicate high expectations and boundaries in a consistently kind, clear and respectful manner.

  • Maintain a climate of trust and mutual respect, which encourages students to risk asking questions, expressing their opinions, and making mistakes necessary to the learning process.

  • Ensure students are engaged through activities and technology that accommodate various learning styles, personality styles, behavioral styles, and the need for physical movement.

  • Collaborate with classroom teachers to create interdisciplinary units that teach grade-level content knowledge and skills through Science.

  • Differentiate for individual students based on their unique learning needs so all students are appropriately engaged and challenged.

  • Provide ongoing and timely feedback to students on their progress towards meeting big goals by frequently checking for understanding via formative assessment, as well as summative assessment.

  • Maintain accurate and complete records of students' progress and development.

  • Incorporate multiple techniques of instruction, including discussion, hands-on labs and activities, independent writing assignments, metacognitive reflection, and the use of all appropriate visual aids.

  • Communicate respectfully and thoughtfully with parents/ guardians, remaining sensitive to different families’ cultures, values and needs.

  • Show a commitment to supporting the holistic development of the student, both inside and outside of the class.

  • Ideal candidates will be excited by becoming part of our vibrant school community, broadly engaging with students and colleagues, and attending events outside their particular field of study.

  • Participate in department, school, and parent meetings.

  • Other duties as assigned


  • B.A. degree required/ M.A. degree preferred in Science or related field
  • Minimum three years teaching experience is required.
  • Passion for teaching, and understanding of and respect for students’ individual learning styles
  • Passion for personal and professional growth as an Upper School teacher

The salary range for this role is $75,000 - $100,000, and also includes a comprehensive benefits package with health, dental, and vision insurance, limited life insurance, and a 403(b) plan. This is the lowest to highest salary we reasonably expect to pay for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range, and the range may be modified in the future. An employee’s pay position within the salary range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, performance, and organizational needs.

How to Apply: Complete online application and attach cover letter, describing your educational philosophy and how your experience and skills will contribute to the position, along with your resume.