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Middle School Science Teacher

Job Details

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


Job Title: Middle School Science Teacher

Job Status: Full-Time 

Reports to: Middle School Director

Last Amended: May 2024

Start Date: August 19, 2024

Salary Range: $75,000-$100,000


New Roads is a K-12 college-preparatory, independent school in Santa Monica, California. At the heart of New Roads’ philosophy is the belief that all children deserve access to education that places traditional academic pursuits in contemporary context, engaging students’ hearts and minds to prepare for the challenges of our ever-evolving world. Unique among private schools, New Roads strives to have a student body and faculty that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles by prioritizing socio-economic, racial and cultural diversity. Weaving together the kaleidoscope of communities that makes up Los Angeles, we inspire our students to become creative thinkers, committed citizens, and compassionate human beings.



  • Ability to use conventional and unconventional tools to explore Science and follow the interests of students in a measured and meaningful way
  • Plan and teach science in grades 6, 7 or 8 
  • Encourage scientific literacy and inquiry-based thought on a daily basis
  • Incorporate multiple techniques of instruction, including discussion, hands-on labs and activities, independent writing assignments, and the use of all appropriate visual aids
  • Communicate and enforce high expectations and standards for behavior and performance
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of students' progress and development
  • Participate in department, school, and parent meetings
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Understand theories related to middle school students’ developmental milestones and socio-emotional lives
  • Will 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 learning process.
  • Differentiate for individual students based on their unique learning needs so all students are appropriately engaged and challenged
  • 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
  • Provide ongoing and timely feedback to students on their progress towards meeting big goals by frequently checking for understanding and formative assessment
  • Communicate respectfully and thoughtfully with parents / guardians, remaining sensitive to different families, cultures, values and needs.
  • Show concern for and nurture the student’s intellectual, social, emotional, ethical, and aesthetic development
  • A commitment to supporting the holistic development of the student, both inside and outside of the class 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, New Roads philosophy and approach to education.
  • Demonstrate commitment to social justice and working with a diverse community.
  • Show experience and interest in differentiated instruction, project-based, constructivist approach teaching and learning, as well as portfolio, authentic, and performance assessment.
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of subject matter, including grammar, and effectiveness in teaching.
  • Desire to teach reading comprehension skills and building vocabulary.
  • Knowledge of supporting the metacognitive skills and learning strategies to access the disciplines
  • Knowledge of how to teach students to use textbooks, as well as other resources
  • Desire and ability to collaborate across disciplines
  • 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
  • Other duties as assigned



  • B.A. degree required / M.A. degree preferred in Education 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 Lower and Middle School teacher
  • Solid organization, communication and writing skills
  • Excellent classroom management skills

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.