About Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Horizons at SCH Organization Background Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) is an independent preK- 12 school in Northwest Philadelphia serving over 1100 students from over 100 zip codes. Horizons at SCH, established in 2021, is an affiliate of Horizons National, established in 1967. Horizons seek to advance educational equity by building long-term partnerships with students, families, communities, and schools to create experiences outside of school that inspire the joy of learning. Horizons at SCH partners with the School District of Philadelphia’s Henry Houston School and Eleanor C. Emlen, offering a summer program to address both schools' achievement and opportunity gaps. At the core of the Horizons program is an exemplary six-week summer academic program that supports a cohort of students in reading, writing, math, and science, paired with fi eld trips, sports, and enrichment activities in the performing and visual arts. Swimming lessons are an important component of the Horizons program and will also be offered. After summer, the Horizons at SCH program also includes a year-round component featuring family events, enrichment activities, and regular visits to and communication with students’ schools and teachers. Horizons at SCH will launch its third season of programming in the summer of 2023 with one class of 15 new Kindergarten students and one class of returning 1st and 2nd-grade students. A new class will continue to be added each summer until the program includes K-8th grades. The student/teacher ratio at Horizons SCH will be approximately 5:1. For more information about Horizons at SCH, please visit https://www.sch.org/horizons

Job Description

Position Title: Assistant Teacher – Horizons at SCH
Position Status: Full-time from June 26-August 4, 2023
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Reports To: Horizons at SCH Site Director

The Assistant Teacher will work with the Lead Teacher, a reading specialist, and will be supported by the Site Director. We hope and expect Horizons summer staff members to return to the program for more than one summer as we continue to work together, support our students, and build the program and the community.

Duties and Responsibilities

● Responsible for planning, organizing, and instructing different subject areas using various teaching methods.
● Writes appropriate, data-driven classroom lesson plans, teaches lessons and provides evaluative feedback.
● Creates a positive atmosphere in partnership with other Horizons lead teachers, teaching assistants, and volunteers.
● Oversees and supervises assigned assistants and volunteers, delegating tasks appropriately.
● Attends all field trips, preseason training, program meetings, program family events.
● Participates in daily meals with the students.
● Oversees and encourages the students as they learn to swim.
● Communicates with the Site Director about student progress.
● Works collaboratively with other staff to address family questions or concerns.
● Participates in approximately four Summer Program planning meetings and professional development sessions leading up to the program’s start.
● Fulfills any other tasks or duties as requested or assigned by the Site Director.


● Bachelor’s degree in education or related field.
● Minimum of three years experience as a lead early childhood classroom teacher.
● Commitment to Horizons’ mission and a belief in its effectiveness in helping students reach their full potential.
● Passion, enthusiasm, and energy for working with young children.
● Willingness, ability, and desire to work collaboratively as a member of the team.
● Ability and desire to engage students in active learning through non-traditional, hands-on, project-based methods.
● Ability to acknowledge racial disparities in educational opportunities and how they adversely affect children of color in under-resourced communities.
● Commitment to a welcoming, inclusive learning environment for all students.
● Outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills, including relative comfort integrating technology for record-keeping and communication.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

● Must be able to work effectively in a fast-moving environment where unexpected student issues and varying challenges compete for one’s attention.
● Must be able to work actively around the classroom for extended periods.
● Must be able to work both in a traditional climate-controlled environment and also work outdoors, utilizing the natural surroundings for outdoor education and experiences.
● Be able to lift up to 30 lbs occasionally.
● Regularly use close and distance vision.
● Frequently stand and talk or hear and sometimes walk and sit.
● Turn, bend, reach, and occasionally climb.

Application Procedure
Interested candidates, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Attn: Kenyatta
Patterson to careers@sch.org.

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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4- Year Degree