Ascent Classical Academies
May 24, 2023
Denver Metro Area, Colorado
Job Type


Do you want to grow your career in An American Classical Education, helping students to live responsible, courageous and virtuous lives? Ascent Classical Academy of Northern Colorado in Windsor, Colorado is hiring a part-time music teacher specializing in band and orchestral music, for the 2023-2024 school year.

At Ascent Classical Academies, teachers create their own lessons within the framework set by our content-rich curriculum, in collaboration with colleagues and in partnership with Hillsdale College's Barney Charter School Initiative. Ascent Classical Academies are dedicated to the intellectual and moral betterment of our students and encourage teachers to take their own moral and intellectual improvement seriously as part of a supportive and excellence-driven culture.

Music teachers should be familiar with the Core Knowledge framework and guide students to enjoy, appreciate, and interpret music in their daily life. Music teachers should be comfortable exposing students to various genres of beautiful music, developing their knowledge and ability in performance, and teaching music theory. This position will also require a background in band and orchestral music and a willingness to develop the school's choral program.

Music's explicit focus on Beauty makes it one of the most enriching disciplines for a classically educated student.  Not only does the study of music and the arts bring about the formation of a virtuous soul, but trains students to become critical observers of the world around them, seeking harmony, balance, and loveliness. This training of the heart and soul is a central reason why Ascent Classical Academies students are exposed to the Arts throughout grammar school and are required to take a Fine Art Elective in the Upper School.


Desired Start Date: August 1, 2023

Compensation Range and Particulars: $41,000 to $55,000 annually (for full time, prorated for part time).  While student contact and professional development days amount to approximately 190 days per year, Ascent Classical Academy teachers are dedicated to year-round development of their craft, while enjoying additional time off in the summer. Pay is spread evenly over 12 months.  Depending on funding and enrollment, performance pay may also be available.

Schedule and Classification: Part-Time Exempt

Benefits Available:

  • Competitive compensation package including performance pay and stipends available
  • Employee-only coverage for group medical, dental, and vision plan; dependent coverage available*
  • Health savings account with employer contributions*
  • Short- and long-term disability and life insurance plans*
  • Retirement investment account with employer match
  • Employee Assistance Plan*
  • Free employee benefit and healthcare guidance through HealthJoy*
  • Paid time off for a wide array of health reasons for employees and dependents, consistent with the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act
  • Paid leave for qualifying events under the Family Medical Leave Act
  • Robust teacher training including several weeks of on-site training

* These benefits are only available for full-time employees.

About Ascent Classical Academies

Ascent Classical Academies partners with a network of classical charter schools based in Colorado delivering a content-rich curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences, with underlying principles in the Western tradition of the study of history, literature, philosophy, and fine arts. Our American Classical Education includes, among other things, the study of Latin; a rich examination of American literary, moral, philosophical, political, and historical tradition; and a school culture centered upon moral virtue, respect, discipline, and studiousness among students and faculty alike. Ascent Classical Academy charter schools currently serve approximately 2,000 students in K-12 campuses located in the Denver, Fort Collins, and Grand Junction areas of Colorado, with significant expansion planned throughout Colorado, the Carolinas, and beyond.

See Ascent Classical Academy of Northern Colorado and Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County to learn more about our existing schools.


Qualified candidates will have a strong background in the subject matter, demonstrate high moral character and embrace the virtues of a democratic society. The successful candidate will also foster professional friendships with faculty and staff, seek collaborative relationships with parents, and mentor students in the pursuit of their own flourishing.

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • For co-curricular subjects (art, music, physical education), teachers with a bachelor’s degree in the subject taught are preferred, or at a minimum 36 hours of higher education credit in the subject area of instruction. (In some cases, a passing grade in a content exam will suffice.)
  • Eligibility to work in the United States
  • After offer is accepted, satisfactory background check as required by state law and Colorado Department of Education
  • Dedication to the value of a rigorous liberal arts education
  • Loyalty to the school and ACA’s mission and vision
  • Commitment to model moral character in line with the school’s core virtues and the pursuit of the Good, True, and Beautiful
  • Adherence to all ACA policies, including but not limited to the Employee Handbook, Family Handbook, and all applicable school and board policies.

Ascent Classical Academy Charter Schools receive waivers from typical teacher licensing requirements. Thus, a teaching license is neither required nor preferred. Even with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject taught, general education grammar school teachers may be required to take state-required elementary education content exams in math, reading, social studies, and/or science within six months of beginning employment. Additionally, Ascent will assist K-3 teachers to meet the requirements of the Colorado READ Act, either through the Colorado Department of Education’s free training course or during Ascent’s pre-service training courses in explicit phonics. Successfully meeting these requirements includes a stipend payment.

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