Paideia is an independent pre-K through 12 college-preparatory school in the Emory University area of Atlanta. The high school enrolls approximately 430 students. The curriculum consists of extensive offerings in English, social sciences, mathematics, foreign languages, natural and physical sciences, art, and music. Class size averages 15 students.
The role of the faculty is to help students acquire the skills, content, and habits that will enable them to have productive and satisfying lives. Social and personal skills are cultivated, and student responsibility is emphasized. While academic achievements will vary because of differences in abilities and interests, all students are expected to work hard, complete tasks, and participate fully in the academic program.
The academic year is divided into two semesters (Long Terms I and II) of approximately 15 weeks each and two short terms (A and B), each four weeks long. During the long terms, students attend six hour-long classes covering the traditional disciplines. The short terms are designed to allow intensive study in a particular area of the curriculum. There is a rich range of elective courses offered, and students also have the opportunity to perform in the annual full-scale musical production or to fulfill their off-campus community service internship requirement.
Full-time high school teachers teach four classes during the school day which goes from 8:30 AM until 3:10 PM. The social studies department offers a full range of courses including Topics in World History in 9th Grade, American History in 10th grade, and elective courses in the 11th and 12th grades. Elective courses cover a wide breadth and depth of topics, such as Globalism; Democracy & Dictatorship; Nationalism & Identity; Relations, Religions, & Resistance: India; and Anatomy of a Revolution.
This position would include teaching American History along with developing Short Term courses within the department. Ideally, candidates would have experience in developing courses on the Western and non-Western world. Other responsibilities include academic advising of 10-12 students and weekly faculty meetings. Faculty may also choose to act as a club or student activity sponsor or coach a sports team.
We are looking for someone who has a strong social studies or history background, practice with a variety of instructional methods, and 3-5 years of teaching experience. While a college degree is required, a master’s is preferred. Important personal qualities include a love of learning, interest in and demonstrated ability to teach and support adolescents, an engaging teaching style, flexibility, organizational skill, energy, collegiality, and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues especially in teaching the 10th-grade American History course.
About The Paideia School
Paideia is a K-12 college preparatory school of 999 students in the Emory University area of Atlanta; the elementary school enrolls 333 students. The elementary program includes twelve full-day, self-contained classrooms grades K-6. There are two teachers in each class of twenty-six to twenty-eight children. Teachers work together as lead teacher and assistant or as two co-lead teachers. Other than classes with specialists including art, music, physical education, and library, children remain with their own teachers throughout the day.
We believe the constellation of relative strengths and weaknesses among any group of students can differ widely; teachers decide when and how to offer extra help, when and where to augment a task to provide extra challenge, and when and why to take a step back to allow a child to process information. Social development is an integral part of a child’s maturation. Teachers help children learn how to work together cooperatively and effectively.