About Community Partnership School

Founded in 2006, Community Partnership School (CPS) is a Pre-K through 5th grade independent elementary school
located in North Central Philadelphia. CPS works tirelessly toward realizing its ambitious mission: to advance educational
equity in close collaboration with families and the wider community by providing a high-quality, identity-affirming
education that builds a foundation for lifelong success.
Our approach embraces family engagement and whole-child development – in other words, actively stimulating the
intellectual, social-emotional, and physical well-being of each of our students in active partnership with their families. CPS
begins with Pre-kindergarten in order to capture early learning benefits for both our students and their families. The
school program ends after fifth grade, with strong focus on individual fit in the placement of our graduates into middle
school. Our investment in the success of our students doesn’t end at graduation as we provide on-going support of our
graduates through a comprehensive alumni program. Community demand is approximately ten times the number of spots
available each year.

Job Description

We seek an Upper Elementary Lead Teacher to start August 2023.

Duties and Responsibilities

Lead Teacher positions at CPS offer experienced early childhood and elementary educators an opportunity to apply their skills in a supportive, high-achieving, urban setting. Teaching in a neighborhood that is educationally underserved, CPS Lead Teachers set high expectations while shaping learners who are curious, compassionate, and resilient. Lead Teachers foster developmentally appropriate learning environments and experiences, always taking into consideration the particular needs of their students. Specific responsibilities include:
• Leading instruction in literacy, math, science, social studies, and social-emotional education
• Writing narrative reports twice a school year
• Leading conferences with parents/guardians three times a school year
• Developing curriculum with fellow faculty members
• Assisting with the admissions process.


The successful applicant must clearly demonstrate motivation and intellectual curiosity, and enjoy working with eager, agile, and energetic students, ages 4-11. Candidates must also display a strong sense of collegiality, flexibility, openness, and effective communication skills as these qualities are vital for sustaining a collaborative learning community.

A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required; a master’s degree and classroom teaching experience are preferred. As a school deeply committed to principles of democracy and social justice, we are particularly interested in candidates with a proven commitment to teaching and working in a multicultural setting. Lead Teachers are full members of the faculty and report directly to the Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:
Beth Vaccaro
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Community Partnership School
3033 West Glenwood Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19121

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4- Year Degree