Upper School Literature Teacher (Lone Tree, CO)
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Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County seeks upper school teachers for its K-12 Lone Tree campus in the south Denver metropolitan area.

At Ascent Classical Academies, teachers create their own lessons within the framework set by our content-rich curriculum, in collaboration with colleagues and in partnership with Hillsdale College's Barney Charter School Initiative. Teachers are dedicated to mastering the key elements of their instruction and to the intellectual and moral betterment of their students.  Ascent Classical Academies teachers take seriously their own moral and intellectual improvement, as part of a hard-working, supportive, and excellence-driven culture.  

Literature explores the human condition in all its richness and variety. Students immersed in great books are better equipped to understand themselves well and to think critically about their culture. While literature has never figured into an official list of classical studies, it has always been understood to form the basis of one's self-understanding as part of a particular heritage. In order to be an educated, self-aware, and responsible person, students must have more than passing familiarity with the great works of our tradition.  

The study of good literature also builds what has been called the ‘moral imagination’ in our students. Ascent’s curriculum has been developed to put the best poems, stories, and books in front of your children in order to align that imagination to what is good, true, and beautiful. We want students to read about courage and cowardice, virtue and vice, life and death. In reading about these things, they learn the human condition and the story that they will take part in. Ascent’s reading list is purposeful - not because we want to shelter the child from anything sad, frightening, or evil, but because we want to expose them to those things at the appropriate time, in the appropriate ways. By developing the moral imagination, we raise up the child to be the character who looks for the light in dark places, stand with courage, and defend the good where others would shrink away.  

About Ascent Classical Academies 

 Ascent Classical Academies is a growing K-12 classical school network based in Colorado. Our schools offer an American Classical Education based on the Core Knowledge framework and scope and sequence developed by the Barney Charter School Initiative of Hillsdale College. Ascent Classical schools currently serve approximately 1,500 students in K-12 campuses located in the Denver and Fort Collins areas of Colorado, with significant expansion planned throughout Colorado and beyond. Our schools offer a well-rounded liberal arts and classical education grounded in virtue and supporting the ideas and philosophy behind the American Founding.

Desired Start Date: August 1, 2022

Compensation Range and Particulars: $37,000 to $55,000 annually. Teacher/student contact and professional development days amount to approximately 185 days per year, with significant time off in the summer. Pay is spread evenly over 12 months.

Schedule and Classification: Full-Time Exempt 

Benefits Available: 

  • Competitive compensation package including performance pay and stipends available
  • Employee-only coverage for group medical, dental, and vision plan; dependent coverage available 
  • Health savings account with employer contributions 
  • Short- and long-term disability and life insurance plans 
  • Retirement investment account with employer match 
  • Paid time off 
  • Employee Assistance Plan 
  • Free employee benefit and healthcare guidance through HealthJoy 
  • Paid leave for qualifying events under the Family Medical Leave Act and the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act 
  • Robust teacher training including several weeks of training on-site and at Hillsdale College in Michigan each summer

Qualified candidates will have a strong background in the subject matter, demonstrate high moral character and embrace the virtues of a democratic society. The successful candidate will also foster professional friendships with faculty and staff, seek collaborative relationships with parents, and mentor students in the pursuit of their own flourishing.   

  • Bachelor's degree or higher 
  • For co-curricular subjects, at least 36 hours of higher education credit in the subject area of instruction (alternatively, a passing grade in a content exam) 
  • Eligibility to work in the United States 
  • After offer is accepted, satisfactory background check as required by state law and Colorado Department of Education 
  • Conviction in the values of a rigorous liberal arts education 
  • Loyalty to the school and ACA’s mission and vision 
  • Commitment to model moral character in line with the school’s core virtues and the pursuit of the Good, True, and Beautiful 
  • Adherence to all ACA policies, including but not limited to the Employee Handbook, Family Handbook, and all applicable school and board policies 

A teacher's license is neither required nor preferred.