The Athenian School is a distinctive independent school that prepares its students for college and for lives of meaning and purpose. Athenian encourages students to become life-long learners and infuses them with confidence, independence, personal responsibility and a sense of community. Enrollment in grades 6-12 is 490 students, including 56 boarding students, 42 of whom are international students. We ask that applicants take time to read about Athenian’s history and philosophy visit our website.
Every employee is an Athenian community member, and as such, embraces the cornerstones of Athenian’s philosophy: respect; open, direct communication; honesty; fairness; responsibility; and dedication to the students in their intellectual and personal growth. Additionally, active support for environmental conservation, international understanding, equity, inclusion, justice, participatory government, outdoor education, and service is essential. Cultural competence is an expectation of employment for all professional staff at Athenian. As a school that from its founding has valued the worth and integrity of each individual, we are particularly interested in candidates with a proven commitment to teaching and working in a diverse, multicultural setting.
Athenian School strives to attract and retain a faculty and staff of the highest caliber. We have a unique community here, filled with many differing opinions, backgrounds, ideologies and experiences. We have students from all over the globe, our families include a mom and a dad, two moms, two dads, single parents, guardians and stepparents. We have many faiths and those who are non-observant. We represent all income levels. What we share is a belief in Athenian’s mission. By embracing diversity in all forms — gender and gender identity, sexuality, faith, ethnicity, socio-economic status — we encourage students to take intellectual risks, to challenge their own assumptions and to learn to work collaboratively as global citizens and advocates for positive change.
The Athenian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, faith, sex, gender or gender expression, age, ability, sexual orientation, familial or marital status. The Athenian School is actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and as such, we encourage people of color and members of the LGBTIQ community to apply.
Athenian’s salary and benefits are competitive and include medical, vision, and dental insurance, a retirement plan, a smoke-free environment, and a daily prepared lunch.
Ability to work collaboratively
Experience and familiarity with technology as a tool in teaching Math
Growth mindset. Openness to feedback and improvement, modeling lifelong learning of practice as well as subject area
Bachelor's degree or at least 3 years teaching experience in relevant field is required; master's degree and/or teaching credential is preferred
Demonstrated commitment to the Athenian School’s ideals: Education for democracy, equity and inclusion, community service, multiculturalism, and environmental stewardship
At least 3 years teaching experience in an academically challenging high school (preferably in independent schools)
Experience and interest in teaching advanced level courses (such as Honors and Advanced Placement)
Experience and interest in curriculum design and development
Experience and interest in designing interdisciplinary, inquiry-based, units
Experience and interest in designing units using the Understanding by Design curriculum design framework
Experience and interest in leading student trips to French speaking countries
Please send a letter of interest, current resume, and three references. In your cover letter, please specify your area(s) of expertise and which subjects and classes you’re able to teach. Please also include the particular source through which you learned about this position: website, referral organization, etc.
Address your letter of interest to Kalyan Balaven, Director of Teaching and Learning.
School As It Should Be
Welcome to The Athenian School, where we believe that life is an adventure of intellectual exploration and meaningful contribution. Every day, Athenian students from the East Bay and around the world practice leadership, teamwork, empathy, and global citizenship while mastering academic subjects by experiencing their application firsthand. I came to work at Athenian in 2009 because Athenian's mission, which embraces intellectual curiosity and community involvement, inspired me. Rare indeed is the school that encourages its students to do well academically and to do good in the world. Athenian is just such a place.
Now in my ninth year, I have come to recognize what makes Athenian different from our peer schools. All independent schools tout their differences, and yet I am now more convinced than ever that Athenian remains unique amongst the many excellent independent schools in the Bay Area. Every Friday, our Middle School students depart from the daily schedule for field trips, hands-on projects, and daylong activities. We infuse multiculturalism in everything we do as the only East Bay boarding school with an international student body. We are also part of an international consortium of schools and last year we sent 32 students on exchange to 15 countries. We universally value outdoor adventure and we embed it into our Middle and Upper School curricula, regularly taking advantage of our expansive campus. Finally, we define achievement as a meaningful life and we see our School’s values come alive in the colleges our students choose and in the lives our alumni lead in a variety of ways. I am confident that an Athenian education is what our kids need to be the best versions of themselves and to contribute to the world.