Far East, China
Shanghai Huaer Collegiate School
Shanghai Huaer Collegiate School in Kunshan is a new school development project by Dipont Education. The school has been developed in partnership with the No. 2 High School of East China Normal University, commonly referred to in Chinese as Huaer.
East China Normal University is known as the premier teacher training university in China, and its affiliated high school has a long-established reputation for its progressive approach to the development of teaching and learning.
This is Dipont’s third independent school project, following the successful establishment of RDFZ King’s College School Hangzhou and Nanwai King’s College School Wuxi. The campus in Kunshan is nearing completion and, at capacity, will provide an outstanding learning environment for 2,800 scholars and feature state-of-the-art science laboratories, a performing arts center with an 800 seat theater, and first-class sports complexes.
The school is enrolling students for September 2020 and opening up a range of teaching positions from preschool to 10th grade. By 2022, the school will grow into a full upper school through 12th grade, offering AP classes and advanced specialized electives in all subject areas over the following two years.
Kunshan, home to 2.6 million people, is a highly developed and affluent city located between the booming metropolises of Suzhou and Shanghai, which can both be reached within 20 minutes by high-speed train. Kunshan has a history of more than 2,000 years and is known for having some of the best-preserved historic water towns in China as well as boasting modern shopping malls, cinemas, sports clubs and restaurants serving various Chinese and western cuisines.
The school will employ a blended Chinese and American curriculum, combining a drive for academic excellence with a whole child education program designed to nurture healthy, well-adjusted young adults. All faculty will participate in a student advisory system in which they act as ‘school parent’ to a small group, providing daily support and guidance. They will also support with long-term goal setting and planning for future scholarship and leadership. To support the residential life program, all middle school and upper school faculty engage in some level of residential duties and activities. Scholars will be encouraged to explore a broad range of interests outside of the classroom while developing the social skills and strength of character that will empower them for a future of resilient, ethical leadership anywhere in the world.
Elementary School, Grades 1-5 (ages 6-11)
In elementary school, a personalized dual language immersion model will build foundational skills and proficiency in both English and Chinese. We use regular progress monitoring exercises to build and update individual learning plans that focus on growth towards proficiency and resiliency. In doing so, Chinese and international teachers, supported by teaching fellows, will deliver an integrated STEAM-based curriculum that fosters critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration and self-awareness. Experiential and conceptual learning is enhanced through cross-disciplinary projects linking sciences, technology and mathematics with the arts, inclusive of the humanities.
What we are looking for
We expect our educational leaders to embody the very same high standards and dispositions we expect our graduates to model: to be a resilient scholar, adaptable ambassador, enlightened communicator and ethical visionary.
Therefore, every educator will be expected to contribute actively to the whole life of the school, working with scholars beyond the classroom in advisory, co-curricular and residential programs.
We are building a diverse, enthusiastic and highly supportive community of teachers who are committed to academic excellence and the creation of opportunities for scholars to take charge of their learning with daring optimism and drive.
We are seeking to appoint a highly talented faculty to cover all areas of the school and who can share in our ethos - enjoying collaboration and learning, embracing cross-cultural adaptability, and sharing a resilient and ethical passion for developing an outstanding college preparatory school.
International or US primary English curriculum experience is preferred. Endorsements or specialisms in ESL, Reading & Literacy, Special Education or Gifted & Talented will be advantageous.
The position comes with a competitive salary and benefits package including flights for spouse and dependents, medical and accident insurance for spouse and dependents, and a housing allowance.