Paideia is an progressive pre K-12 college preparatory school in the Emory University area of Atlanta. The high school enrolls approximately 430 students. The high school curriculum consists of extensive offerings in English, social sciences, mathematics, foreign languages, natural and physical sciences, art, and music. Class size averages fifteen students.
The role of the faculty is to help students acquire the skills, information, and attitudes that will enable them to have productive and satisfying lives. We cultivate social and personal skills and emphasize student responsibility. While academic achievement varies the pool of talent is deep and most students are highly motivated. The personal and engaging culture of the school makes it an environment that is a good place to learn and a strong community. The relationships between students and teachers are strong.
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.
High school students are making a transition into adulthood and often need guidance making complex decisions. Students are navigating academic, peer, and parental pressures as they face the school day and beyond. Our job as teachers and counselors is to help them make this transition. We have 2 full-time High School counselors who are integral to the high school administrative support team. They work closely with families, students, teachers, and the high school administration. They provide a proactive program that includes direct student services such as: group activities or instruction, and individual student planning. Our high school counselors are prepared to recognize and respond to student mental health needs and to assist families and students in seeking outside resources. They can offer short term counseling for students and can work with families on outside long term counseling solutions for students.
We are looking for a candidate who is trained in child and adolescent development. Minimum requirements would be a Master’s Degree in counseling or related area, as well as at least 5 years of relevant experience. Applicants should also have experience working with outside mental health providers. The focus for this position will be in the high school (grades 9-12) as well as some support for the junior high program. School experience is preferred, but not required for this position. The High School counselors will also have the opportunity to teach a class either during the Long Term Short Term semesters. Collaboration with teachers, students, families and the HS administrative team is a fundamental part of this position.
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.