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LOWER SCHOOL DIRECTOR
Founded in 1928, Highland School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school serving 500 students in grades PK-12, including 180 lower school students in grades Pre-K 2/3 to grade 4. In 2010, the William A. Hazel Family Lower School was completed. This state-of-the-art LEED-certified facility is complete with a Village Garden, Monarch Butterfly Garden, Outdoor Classroom, playgrounds, technology and science labs, a Learning Center, and the Chilton Commons, an area where students and parents gather weekly for assemblies and other events. Bright colors and natural lighting inspire curiosity and joy; the abundant space affords each grade level three classrooms surrounding a common area and promotes the development of grade level communities.
Our approach to our work with children is grounded in the tenets of Responsive Classroom. Our curriculum includes Singapore Math, The Daily 5, a multi-sensory approach to teaching reading (IMSE), and the Project Approach, based on the Duke School model. Spanish, music, art, technology, science, and library are taught by specialists. Learning Center services that support students and teachers are also provided by specialists. Other key programs include FIRST FLL Lego teams, community service, and environmental education and stewardship, exemplified by our partnership with the Clifton Institute, where students in grades 1-4 experiment with field research. Lower School students take part in programs with the other divisions designed to develop connections and community.
The Lower School Director reports directly to the Head of School and has considerable autonomy in the administration of the Lower School. The primary responsibilities include the delivery of instruction and program, support and evaluation of the 30 faculty members, and a commitment to fostering a sense of community responsibility in students. The work of the Lower School Director is supported by an Academic Technology Coordinator, Learning Center specialist, School Nurse, counselor, and administrative assistant.
Opportunities for the next Lower School Director include: reviewing the program for relevancy; continuing the development and implementation of the school-wide Personalized Learning Program; expanding the project approach; prioritizing the social-emotional learning of students; and developing faculty and facilitating their growth.
Qualified candidates will have at least five years of teaching, an advanced degree, and relevant leadership experience. Candidates should supply a letter of interest, statement of educational philosophy, resume, and at least three letters of reference to Cassin Bertke, Assistant Head/Director of Learning & Teaching.