Literature explores the human condition in all its richness and variety. Students immersed in great books are better equipped to understand themselves well and to think critically about their culture. While literature has never figured into an official list of classical studies, it has always been understood to form the basis of one's self-understanding as part of a particular heritage. In order to be an educated, self-aware, and responsible person, students must have more than passing familiarity with the great works of our tradition.
The study of good literature also builds what has been called the ‘moral imagination’ in our students. Ascent’s curriculum has been developed to put the best poems, stories, and books in front of your children in order to align that imagination to what is good, true, and beautiful. We want students to read about courage and cowardice, virtue and vice, life and death. In reading about these things, they learn the human condition and the story that they will take part in. Ascent’s reading list is purposeful - not because we want to shelter the child from anything sad, frightening, or evil, but because we want to expose them to those things at the appropriate time, in the appropriate ways. By developing the moral imagination, we raise up the child to be the character who looks for the light in dark places, stand with courage, and defend the good where others would shrink away.
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 responsible for mastering the key elements of their instruction and will exhibit dedication to the intellectual and moral betterment of their students. Ascent Classical Academies encourages teachers to take their own moral and intellectual improvement seriously as part of a supportive and excellence-driven culture.
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. Candidates require at least a four-year college degree. A teacher’s license is neither required nor preferred.
Please include a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, a 400-500 word statement of educational philosophy, and unofficial transcripts. Please direct additional questions to Careers@AscentClassical.org mailto:careers@AscentClassical.org?subject=Questions%20Regarding%20Job%20Posting .
Application Deadline: Until filled
Desired Start Date: August 1, 2021
Benefits Offered: Medical, dental, vision, 403(b) with employer match, flex time off (FTO)