At The Benjamin School we believe that good teachers set high standards and expectations for their students and then do everything they can to help them achieve those standards. We are looking for teachers who will help our students become self-directed, independent learners with superior academic collegiate skills.
The ideal candidate will be able to incorporate several styles of teaching and use varied approaches to the students and material. This person must have a desire to work with students in a challenging, college- preparatory environment and should possess strong interpersonal and written communications skills.
Qualified candidates should demonstrate a passion for literature, intellectual curiosity, strong communication skills, the ability to work within a team, skills to engage and inspire students in the pursuit of learning and a commitment to ongoing professional development.
The person filling this position will teach multiple French levels, the specifics of which will depend on the individual talents that the candidate brings to Benjamin. The ability to teach a beginning level Spanish course is also a desirable attribute.
General Professional Qualifications:
The most desirable candidates will have the following background or comparable experience:
A bachelor’s degree in World Languages is required; an advanced degree is preferred; native or native-like proficiency.
Minimum three years teaching experience in a rigorous, college preparatory program at the Upper School level; experience working in independent schools is a plus.
Strong educational background; current on pedagogical approaches in language and culture acquisition and teaching for proficiency.
An ability and desire to be on a World Language Department team working collaboratively to design student experience; willingness to create a student-centered classroom and contribute to the curriculum area.
Experience integrating technology into the curriculum.
Willingness to share a passion and love of literature and language learning with teenagers.
Collegiality and collaboration with colleagues on advancing the school’s strategic initiatives is essential.
An interest and experience in interacting with students outside of the classroom in co-curricular activities: sports, arts, social service, etc.
The Benjamin School is an independent, non-affiliated day school for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students in Palm Beach County. The School resides on two campuses; the 14 acre Lower and Middle School campus in North Palm Beach and the 50 acre Upper School campus in Palm Beach Gardens. Approximately 155 teachers and associates are responsible for about 1086 students. The Lower School currentl...y serves 448 students in grades Pre-K 3 through 5; the Middle School enrolls 225 in grades 6-8; and the Upper School has 413 students in grades 9-12. The School’s rigorous and varied program prepares its students for acceptance to 4-year colleges.
The Benjamin School’s core is academics, with a balanced emphasis on athletics and the arts. The Lower School challenges students with an academic program that includes, among other strong elements, highly developed research-based instruction in language arts and mathematics and a strong Pre-K 3 to 5th grade world language program. In the Middle School students are challenged with a wide variety of college preparatory courses including advanced world language instruction, Algebra I and Geometry and advanced science programs. At the Upper School campus, the faculty offers courses on three levels: regular, honors, and AP.
Each May the School administers 454 or more AP examinations to all of the students enrolled in its 22 AP courses. In May, 2017 eighty-two percent of those tests received qualifying scores of at least a 3, and 89 percent of the students taking the tests earned at least one 3 or better. More than 200 students took one or more AP exam. The Upper School also has more than 50 semester electives. Students can study Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese to satisfy their language requirement.
In all three divisions, students have many opportunities to be involved in dance, instrumental (including strings) and vocal music, drama, and the visual arts. Students in all three divisions also have a physical education program, and those in the Middle and Upper Schools must participate in one or more team sports.
The School makes extensive use of technology in its programs. All classrooms have an interactive whiteboard (Smartboard or Epson), and all computers on both campuses have internet access via a school-wide Wireless access. The third, fourth, and fifth grade students bring iPads to school each day. The Middle School has a BYOD program, and in the Upper School all students own and use laptops or iPads. The School also provides specialized computers for video editing, digital graphics, desktop publishing, and the language lab.
Mission Statement: The mission of The Benjamin School is to provide a challenging college preparatory education to a diverse student body in a structured, nurturing community environment. The School motivates students to master the skills of learning, communicating and evaluating choices, encourages them to grow intellectually, socially, morally, aesthetically, and physically to their fullest individual potential. Benjamin inspires in its students a coherent set of values that include love of learning, personal responsibility, self-motivation, concern for others and a desire to serve society.