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School Programs Teacher

Academic Approach
Chicago, Illinois
$47 per hour for classroom teaching; $30 per hour for 1-on-1 tutoring
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School Programs Teacher - Job Description

Academic Approach began with a focused mission: to mentor students while building their skills. By collaborating with over 100 Chicago-area public, charter, and parochial high schools, the School Programs team brings Academic Approach’s curricular and instructional expertise to a broader student audience, including under-served student populations.

As a School Programs Teacher, you will teach a cohort of students a test-prep course covering highly tested skills to expand their post-high school options. Academic Approach teachers hone a diverse set of skills during their tenure with Academic Approach:

  • Public speaking
  • Commanding the attention of an audience
  • Break down complex concepts into concrete components
  • Organization and planning experience
  • Professional communication and networking in the education/nonprofit space

Classes take place in-person. Apply now for part-time employment with purpose.


  • Flexibility in building your schedule while supporting the needs of our school partners
  • Competitive pay starting pay at $47 per instructional hour with additional compensation for administrative and professional development
  • One Medical membership for teachers, their spouses/domestic partners, and their dependents.
  • Travel compensation for school programs that require a commute of at least 30 minutes and 15 miles.
  • Meaningfully impact students’ lives in some of Chicago’s highest need schools. The test growth your students will experience may be the difference-maker in earning admission to their dream university or a scholarship that makes attending college a reality.
  • 1-on-1 tutoring opportunities in addition to classroom opportunities (time-, schedule-, and demand permitting)
  • On-going support and professional development from our Instructional Management team that works closely to coach, observe, and develop our teachers

Key responsibilities:

  • Deliver in-person academic and test prep courses to high school students across the Chicagoland area
  • Utilize Academic Approach curriculum and instructional materials to execute engaging lessons that provide opportunities for critical thinking, questioning, peer-to-peer learning, and practical application
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with Academic Approach directing team members, students, and school personnel
  • Participate in ongoing professional development, continuing education opportunities, and personalized instructional coaching

Required Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and educational equity
  • Passion for motivating and supporting student success; prior experience teaching, tutoring, or mentoring students preferred
  • A bachelor's degree
  • Proof of vaccination upon hire
  • Willingness to travel to schools for in-person classroom instruction (average travel 3 - 25 miles from Academic Approach’s Lincoln Park office)
  • Ideal candidates can commit to at least 10 hours per week during at least one of the time windows below:
    • Weekdays during the school day (approximately 8am-4pm)
    • Weekdays after school (approximately 3pm-7pm)
    • Weekends, esp. Saturdays (approximately 8am-12pm)

Hiring/Training Requirements:

  • Candidates must demonstrate academic expertise in English, Math, Reading, and Science.
  • NOTE: All candidates need to complete a 45-minute content quiz prior to being considered for an interview.
  • After the date of hire, candidates will complete ~50 hours of paid training. Training includes: 
  • Diagnostic test (untimed, graded, referenced throughout training)
  • Content sessions covering test structure and skills, Academic Approach core instructional strategies, lesson planning, questioning and differentiation, student engagement, and culturally responsive teaching
  • Post-test + 90-minute mock tutoring session
  • Options for shadowing and co-teaching current classroom course sessions

All successful candidates will be required to complete a comprehensive criminal history background check and a Chicago Public Schools fingerprint background check prior to their official hire.

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