Art Teacher or Art Teacher Apprentice (Lone Tree, CO)
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Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County seeks a grammar school Art teacher, or a motivated individual dedicated to learning the craft of teaching, to be an Apprentice Art Teacher 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.  

Not only does the study of the Arts help bring about the formation of a virtuous soul, but its explicit focus on Beauty makes it one of the most enriching disciplines for a Classically educated student. It trains the eye to see Beauty, the mind to understand Beauty, and the heart to love truly beautiful things. Students of the fine arts become critical observers of the world around them, seeking harmony, balance, and loveliness. This training of the heart and soul is a central reason why students at ACA are exposed to the Arts throughout grammar school, and are required to take a Fine art Elective in the early Upper School.  

About Ascent Classical Academies 

Ascent Classical Academies is a growing K-12 classical charter school network based in Colorado. Our schools offer an American Classical Education using the Hillsdale College Barney Charter School Initiative K-12 curriculum. Ascent Classical Academy Charter 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 the West. Ascent Classical Academy 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: mid-August, 2022 

Compensation Range and Particulars: 

Teachers: full-time, exempt $37,000 to $50,000 annually, depending on experience and schedule. Full-time teachers work approximately 185 days per year, with significant time off in the summer. Pay is spread evenly over 12 months.

Teacher Apprentices: non-exempt, hourly pay, approximately $19.00-$22.00 per hour, full- or part-time schedule available  

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 in Art or a related field; alternatively, a passing grade in an Art 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.