Desert Academy is an IB World School whose mission is to inspire and prepare each student to achieve personal and academic excellence. The exciting backdrop of Santa Fe adds to the dynamic academic environment created by the professional faculty and staff, engaged and enthusiastic students, and an involved parent body. Desert Academy is proud to employ teachers who share our values, support our vision, and help us achieve the mission of our school. Our teachers fully support the ethos and educational approach, both in theory and in action.
Position: Middle Years Program French (2 classes) or Spanish (3 classes), or both for full-time. Combinations with other subjects are also available: Physics, math, physical health education, English. Candidates are encourage to apply with openness to investigating possibilities to ensure full-time.
Desert Academy’s recruitment process is rigorous and ensures that new hires are the best match for our school and community. We seek teachers from diverse backgrounds who continually expand their subject knowledge and technology prowess, integrate new ways of teaching, and share their love of learning. We seek teachers who are willing to participate in extracurricular activities, ongoing collaboration, curriculum planning within and across subject disciplines, and professional development. Candidates experienced in collaborative planning, measuring student learning against set criteria, and the International Baccalaureate are valued. Teachers must be fully competent in their field, with a minimum of an undergraduate degree in the teaching subject, and a commitment to meet the requirements of the International Baccalaureate.
Desert Academy is interested in receiving applications at any time.
For all administrative and teaching positions, please submit the following documents to
• Cover letter • Resume with end/beginning years • 3 references with e-mail addresses and phone numbers
• 3 written recommendations already in your possession (not required)
A teaching license is not required for Desert Academy.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is based on years of teaching experience, education, and, if applicable, International Baccalaureate experience.
About Desert Academy at Santa Fe
Founded in 1994, Desert Academy was fully authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School in 2008.
Desert currently serves about 200 students grades 6 to 12 with a student to faculty ratio of 8:1, and average class size of 12.
Desert moved to 26 acres on historic Old Santa Fe Trail in 2013.
At least 40% of Desert Academy students receive some form of tuition assistance, which is well above the national average for financial aid:
• Helps to assure a richly diverse, healthy social environment.
• Serves a broader spectrum of the community.• An excellent faculty and staff consistently raise the bar on Desert’s benchmarks for academic excellence each year.
Desert Academy is the only authorized International Baccalaureate World School in New Mexico offering both the IB Middle Years (grades 6-10) and the IB Diploma Program (grades 11-12) to students.
Desert Academy is accredited and received an Exceptional Accreditation Review from AdvancED and Desert Academy is accredited by the New Mexico Department of Education.
Academic excellence prevails in a social context of acceptance and inclusion.
• Students take pride in the caring, supportive environment they help to
• A community absent of bullying behaviors or social cliques allows student to
flourish as individuals.
• A student-initiated peer-mentoring group facilitates engagement between
middle and high school students to promote personal safety and empowerment.
Desert Academy is a subscriber-member of the National Association of Independent Schools.