At The Benjamin School, we believe that good teachers set high standards for their students and then do everything they can to help them achieve those standards. We are looking for teachers who will help our students become self-directed, independent learners with superior academic skills.
The ideal candidate will be able to incorporate several styles of teaching and use varied approaches to the students and material. This person must have a desire to work with students in a challenging, college-preparatory environment and should possess strong interpersonal and written communications skills.
Qualified candidates should demonstrate a passion for computer science, an intellectual curiosity, strong communication skills, the ability to work within a team, skills to engage and inspire students in the pursuit of learning, and a commitment to ongoing professional development. Experience teaching the AP curriculum is also highly desirable.
The computer science teacher will teach sections of AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles, in addition to electives in game design and an Introduction to Computer Science course. There is also the opportunity to teach courses in robotics and engineering, depending on the individual talents that the candidate brings to Benjamin.
General Professional Qualifications:
The most desirable candidates will have the following background or comparable experience:
A bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, or mathematics is required;
Preferred three years of teaching experience in a rigorous, college-preparatory program at the Upper School level;
Strong educational background in computer science and/or engineering;
An advanced degree in one of these areas is preferred;
Experience integrating technology into the curriculum;
A willingness to create a student-centered classroom;
A willingness to work as part of a team;
Collegiality and a willingness to collaborate with colleagues on advancing the school’s strategic initiatives is essential; and
An interest and experience in interacting with students outside of the classroom in co-curricular activities: sports, arts, social service, etc.
About The Benjamin School
General Information: The Benjamin School is an independent, non-affiliated day school for 3-year-old pre-kindergarten to 12th-grade students in Palm Beach County. The School resides on two campuses; the 14 acre Lower and Middle School campus in North Palm Beach and the 50 acre Upper School campus in Palm Beach Gardens. Approximately 155 teachers and associates are responsible for about 1060 students. The Lower School currently serves 455 students in grades Pre-K 3 through 5; the Middle School enrolls 203 in grades 6-8, and the Upper School has 403 students in grades 9-12. The School’s rigorous and varied program prepares its students for acceptance to 4-year colleges.
The Benjamin School’s core is academics, with a balanced emphasis on athletics and the arts. The Lower School challenges students with an academic program that includes, among other strong elements, highly developed research-based instruction in language arts and mathematics and a strong Pre-K 3 to 5th-grade world language program. In the Middle School students are challenged with a wide variety of college preparatory courses including advanced world language instruction, Algebra I and Geometry and advanced ...science programs. At the Upper School campus, the faculty offers courses on three levels: regular, honors, and AP.
Each May the School administers 600 or more AP examinations to all of the students enrolled in its 22 AP courses. In May 2017 eighty percent of those tests received qualifying scores of at least a 3, and 89 percent of the students taking the tests earned at least one 3 or better. More than 200 students took one or more AP exam. The Upper School also has more than 50-semester electives. Students can study Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese to satisfy their language requirement.
In all three divisions, students have many opportunities to be involved in dance, instrumental (including strings) and vocal music, drama, and the visual arts. Students in all three divisions also have a physical education program, and those in the Middle and Upper Schools must participate in one or more team sports.
The School makes extensive use of technology in its programs. All classrooms have an interactive whiteboard (Smartboard or Epson), and all computers on both campuses have internet access via school-wide Wireless access. The third, fourth, and fifth-grade students bring iPads to school each day. The Middle School has a BYOD program, and in the Upper School, all students own and use laptops or iPads. The School also provides specialized computers for video editing, digital graphics, desktop publishing, and the computer lab.
Mission Statement: The mission of The Benjamin School is to provide a challenging college preparatory education to a diverse student body in a structured, nurturing community environment. The School motivates students to master the skills of learning, communicating and evaluating choices, encourages them to grow intellectually, socially, morally, aesthetically, and physically to their fullest individual potential. Benjamin inspires in its students a coherent set of values that include a love of learning, personal responsibility, self-motivation, concern for others and a desire to serve society.