Teaching at Seven Oaks Classical School 

Seven Oaks Classical School is a traditional school. We are traditional both in our aims and in our methods. Our mission is to train the minds and improve the hearts of young people through a rigorous classical education in the liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in the principles of moral character and civic virtue. We agree with the wisdom of America's founders, who understood that the enduring freedom of individuals and societies depends upon a well-educated and virtuous citizenry. Our campus culture rests on the Eight Pillars of Character: citizenship, cooperation, courage, honesty, integrity, perseverance, respect, and responsibility. Teachers at Seven Oaks understand that it is their duty to talk about these virtues in their lessons and model them with their lives. 

To this end, we offer students a knowledge-rich curriculum, taught using the most time-tested methods. The grammar school curriculum (grades K-5) includes explicit phonics to teach spelling and reading; sentence diagramming to teach grammar; the Core Knowledge Sequence to give students cohesive, content-rich instruction in literature, history, and science; Singapore math to teach students to think mathematically; and introductory Latin to build the powers of the students' minds and unlock the English language. Even in the lower grades, students will begin enjoying Socratic discussion of great books. Students also receive regular instruction in art, music, and physical education in grades K-8. 

The upper school curriculum (grades 6-12) is focused on clear thinking and skillful communication. Students will read and discuss whole works of classic literature, study primary sources, prove geometric theorems, translate Latin poetry, and engage in careful scientific investigations. To graduate, all seniors must write a senior thesis, which they will present and defend orally in front of their fellow students, members of the faculty, and the headmaster. 

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts. The right defence against false sentiments is to inculcate just sentiments. By starving the sensibility of our pupils we only make them easier prey to the propagandist when he comes. For famished nature will be avenged and a hard heart is no infallible protection against a soft head.
— C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

Qualifications

Teachers at Seven Oaks Classical School are hired based upon their intellectual accomplishments, moral seriousness, and skill in the art of teaching. We seek teachers who know and love the disciplines they teach, who understand and love children, who are able communicators, and who are philosophically aligned with the mission of the school. All teachers must be prepared to satisfy one of the state's licensure pathways for charter school teachers. Standard teacher certification is not required. 

Anticipated Openings for 2017-2018

Faculty Positions 

  1. Kindergarten Teacher 

  2. 5th Grade Teacher 

  3. Math Teacher, Grades 6-9

  4. Special Education Paraprofessional 

Staff Positions 

  1. Receptionist/Registrar

  2. Before and After-school Care Coordinator (part-time)

  3. Title I Coordinator (part-time)

How To Apply

Applicants are welcome to submit materials at any time. Those materials may be submitted electronically to stephen.shipp@sevenoaksclassical.org, or by mail to:

Seven Oaks Classical School
Attn: Human Resources
200 E. Association St.
Ellettsville, IN 47429

Applications for faculty positions should include the following: 

  • Cover letter 
  • Resume
  • Philosophy of education (500 words or less)
  • Official or unofficial college transcripts

Employment Particulars 

Employees will be employed by Seven Oaks Classical School and not by the local public school district. Teachers will have the option of participating the Indiana State Teachers' Retirement Fund (TRF). Teachers may opt to participate in an alternative 403(b) plan instead. In addition, Seven Oaks offers a competitive benefits plan. Employees’ compensation packages will be individually negotiated.

Each school year begins with up to several weeks of training, typically in July and early August.

Seven Oaks Classical School is an equal opportunity employer. The School hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, marital status, veteran status, disability, or other legally prohibited form of discrimination.