Grammar School Teacher

Ascent Classical Academies
May 22, 2019
Lone Tree, Colorado
Job Type


Ascent Classical Academy (ACA) is seeking a 1st grade teacher to join the team at our Douglas County campus, starting in the 2019-2020 academic year.  Ascent Classical Academy Douglas County is a K-12 charter school offering a classical program that focuses on a content-rich curriculum and the development of good moral character and virtue among our students and community.  ACA schools partner with the Barney Charter School Initiative (BCSI) at Hillsdale College to support the academic program and good conduct of our schools. The Douglas County Campus will be located in Lone Tree, Colorado this next school year and will enroll approximately 590 students.

Teachers are accountable to the Principal.

Adherence to Ascent Classical Academy Mission and Philosophy

The teacher shall:

  • Understand and adhere to the principles of classical education
  • Develop the intellect of each student to the utmost of his or her ability
  • Develop the personal character of every student
  • Be highly-qualified in his or her discipline
  • Participate in annual professional development seminars offered through the Barney Charter School Initiative

Knowledge of Academic Discipline(s)

  • Upper School: Depth of understanding in one or more academic disciplines
  • Grammar School: Breadth of understanding across the curriculum

Command of the English language

  • Ability to speak lucidly and grammatically
  • Ability to write lucidly and grammatically
  • Ability to correct students in writing and in speaking

Teaching Abilities

  • Ability to convey knowledge to young people
  • Willingness to meet each child’s academic needs
  • Promotion of high academic standards
  • Unrelenting desire to improve students’ work
  • Ability to engage all students in the discussion

Maintenance of Classroom Decorum

In order to maintain a classroom conducive to learning, teachers shall:

  • Enforce the dress code
  • Require students to speak in turn
  • Prevent any student from disrupting the class by using the established disciplinary procedures
  • Require students to be respectful to their teachers
  • Insist that students are attentive and participatory
  • Speak of and model character in terms of the School’s core virtues
  • Require each student to think of his or her good in relation to the good of the class and the School as a whole
  • Tolerate no cruelty amongst and between students
  • Be sensitive to problems as they are developing and intervene immediately

Maintenance of Good Parental Relations  

  • Respond within 2 days to parent emails
  • Reach out to parents when their students are struggling or excelling
  • Frequent communication with parents when necessary

Overall Attitude

  • Loyalty to the school and its mission
  • Willingness to take direction from the administration
  • Collegiality


  • Punctuality and attendance
  • Initiative and effort
  • Professionalism
  • Professionalism in appearance
  • Attendance to other assigned duties

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field
  • Demonstrated mastery of an academic discipline (upper school and specialists)
  • Ability and willingness to teach a range of subjects (elementary)
  • Ability and willingness to teach the Core Knowledge Sequence or High School curriculum as defined in the charter application
  • Willingness to teach moral character in line with the school’s core virtues
  • Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively
  • Conviction in the values of a rigorous liberal arts education
  • Ability to teach via direct instruction
  • Ability to maintain an orderly classroom

Other Desired Characteristics

  • Previous teaching experience or experience working with young people
  • A liberal arts education
  • Experience with the Core Knowledge Sequence or higher liberal arts teaching
  • Experience in or knowledge of charter or independent schools


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