What is an Independent School?

“Independent” schools are funded by tuition, not by tax dollars. They are not-for-profit corporations governed by self-perpetuating boards of directors, not by the government (public schools), by a diocese (parochial schools), or by private owners (proprietary schools).

Each independent school is free to develop its own educational mission and philosophy and to enroll “mission-appropriate” students whose abilities and interests are well suited for the school’s culture, programs, and methods. Schools seek teachers who are academically gifted, who connect and communicate well with students, and who contribute enthusiastically to school life.

Independent schools come in a variety of flavors—single-sex and coed; boarding and day; rural, urban, and suburban. They maintain high standards and expectations and they offer wide-ranging athletic, artistic, service, and leadership opportunities.

Why teach at an Independent School?

Teaching at independent schools means building close relationships in small classes, innovating and collaborating, inspiring discovery, and focusing on learning rather than standardized testing.  Dedicated teachers, supportive alumni, and devoted parents are committed to preparing young people for lives of leadership and service.  Success is more than lofty test scores and college acceptances.  It’s seeing students tap into their talents and aspirations.

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  • College Visits

    We're headed to a college near you! Southern Teachers recruiters are traveling to career fairs, information sessions, and interview days throughout the fall. We would like to meet you! If you're a student interested in teaching, be sure to attend and find us under the elephant! 

    Here’s where you’ll find us this week.

    Monday, October 23: Slippery Rock University Education Fair

    Tuesday, October 24: Virginia Tech Interviews, University of North Carolina Interviews, Davidson College Information Session

    Wednesday, October 25: University of Virginia Career Fair, North Carolina State University Interviews, Davidson College Interviews, Radford University Interviews

    Thursday, October 26: AAEE Education Fair

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  • Spotlight Job—Director of Admissions & Financial Aid

    Southern Teachers is assisting Cary Academy in its search for a new Director of Admissions & Financial Aid to begin work next summer after the current Director retires.  The new Director of Admissions will lead a team of four professionals who have helped the Cary Academy become the most diverse independent school in North Carolina and develop a highly successful parent and student ambassador program.  With full enrollment, a wonderful reputation in the community, and outstanding student success in and beyond Cary Academy, the next Director of Admissions & Financial Aid will be stepping into a high functioning office with clear goals for the future.

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  • Atlanta Job Fair!

    Registration for Best of the South, our Atlanta Job Fair, will open November 1 for schools and candidates. Our fair on February 3, Super Bowl Saturday, will be a terrific way to find a private school teaching job. This annual event typically draws 125-200 teacher candidates and 50-60 schools from DC to Florida to Texas.

    This teacher job fair is only open to active Southern Teachers candidates. Free admission. All majors and degrees sought. Apply today to become a Southern Teachers candidate! 

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  • Why an Elephant?

    This majestic creature symbolizes many different things in cultures around the world, but we selected it as our icon because the elephant and the agency have key traits in common.

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