At The Benjamin School we believe that good teachers set high standards 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.
Specifically, we are seeking a full time, dynamicEnglish and Social Studies Teacher who can engage students so that they read, speak and write well, analyze literature, and learn to think like historians while they also demonstrate the fundamentals of research and study skills. We hope to find a teacher who is committed to creating innovative curricular units that challenge students to acquire, process, and communicate information to enhance their understanding of important issues.
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.
General Professional Qualifications:
The most desirable candidates will have the following background or comparable experience:
Middle School experience preferred.
Minimum three years teaching English Literature and Grammar and Social Studies courses, including Geography and United States History.
Advanced degree preferred.
Experience with project-based teaching and collaborative learning.
Experience integrating technology into the curriculum.
Works effectively with parents as a partner in the student’s education experience.
Uses a variety of communication/teaching styles and methods.
A proven willingness to use innovative teaching strategies.
A history of continued growth and development as an educator.
A history of effective collaboration with colleagues.
Holds students to a high and clearly articulated standard of performance.
Experience coaching and interacting with students outside of the classroom in other co-curricular activities: clubs, the arts, community 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 currently 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.