Ridgeview is a K-12 charter school offering a classical, liberal arts curriculum. Teachers in the elementary school make heavy use of the original Core Knowledge sequence, though the school rejects innovations that align the curriculum with the Common Core. Many aspects of the elementary curriculum have been strengthened by incorporating other programs or implementing curricula unique to Ridgeview. For instance, Latin is taught to pupils from kindergarten on, and Greek is introduced to students in the third grade. While instruction at these levels is of an elementary nature, it is also of a foundational nature and serves pupils well in their study of new vocabulary by enabling them to understand etymologies as well as grammar. Other deviations from the Core Knowledge sequence include a cursive penmanship program, the Singapore mathematics program and pupil ability grouping therein, and a Riggs phonics program. The elementary school uses a series of push-in and pull-out classes to support the homeroom teacher. For example, Latin, Greek, and science in some grades are examples of push-ins in which a specialist is brought into the classroom, whereas art and music are examples of push-out classes in which pupils leave the classroom to visit another specialist. Homeroom teachers are generally responsible for teaching history, phonics, composition, literature, mathematics, and the school’s character pillars.
Ridgeview is seeking applicants who are passionate about their discipline, creative, teachable, and excited to work with a broad range of pupils to ensure that their pupils are adequately prepared for the rigors of the upper school curriculum. Ridgeview neither requires nor prefers candidates with a teacher certification and would rather solicit applications from individuals who have demonstrated academic mastery in a core subject such as history, mathematics, science, or literature. Teaching experience is preferred but is not essential. Written and oral communication skills, punctuality, a strong work ethic, and collegiality are essential.
A complete application packet includes a Ridgeview Application Form, a resume or CV, a one-page letter of interest, a one-page letter detailing your philosophy of education, reference letters, and copies of transcripts. These materials may be submitted via email to the Executive Assistant.