Elementary Music or Dance or Drama or Art Teacher

Posted on: March 7, 2020 | |

KIPP Chicago Schools is a local network of 7 charter schools that is part of the nationally renowned Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP). Our schools are completely free, and there are no requirements for enrollment except residency in the city of Chicago. Students and families choose to enroll in our schools because they perceive them as the highest quality option in their neighborhoods. Currently we serve 2,400 students in grades K – 8 across 7 campuses. Our mission is to empower those students with character and academic skills necessary to succeed in top-quality high schools and universities, to be happy in the competitive world, and to have a positive impact on their communities. 99% of our students are African American or Latino; 96% qualify for free and reduced price lunch; and, 16% are identified as diverse learners. In Chicago our campuses are located on the south and west sides of the city in communities broadly referred to as “low income.” KIPP Chicago alumni from these communities graduate high school at a rate of 90%, matriculate to college at a rate of 87%, and earn a four-year degree at a rate of 44%, compared to national averages of 72%, 45%, and 8%, for “low income” students. In addition to rigorous instruction in our K – 8 classrooms, our students receive continued support in high school and college through our KIPP Through College program and counselors.
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At KIPP Chicago our elementary students have daily class experiences in non-academic subject areas, and we call these “Excellence Classes.” At other schools they are often called “specials.” The subjects taught in Excellence Classes vary by campus. KIPP Chicago operates four elementary schools. Different positions are open at each school, including Music Teacher, Drama Teacher, Dance Teacher, and Art Teacher. There is no prescribed curricula for these classes. The content and structure of the class are determined largely by your expertise as the teacher. All of the positions require participating in and leading school-wide performances and shows throughout the year.

KIPP Chicago Schools’ students perform beyond statistical expectations in part because our teachers are exceptional. They have a “whatever it takes” attitude toward their role in students’ success. They are remembered by students and families as inspirational.

Our expectations for all teachers include, but are not limited to, the following:
A belief that all students can and will be successful at our schools, including students who present challenges
Commit to the demanding task of working with “low income” students and families toward the goal of college graduation
Practice a growth mindset about oneself and all others at the school, including seeking help and engaging in self-reflection in order to constantly refine one’s own teaching
Dependable attendance according to our extended school year and extended school day
Communicate frequently and consistently with students and families, including after school via phone, regarding academics, behavior, logistics, and homework help
Use best practices in alignment with school-wide systems to manage student behavior and create a safe, warm, demanding, and joyful classroom environment
Set specific, ambitious growth targets for all students and identify and leverage all necessary resources to ensure they meet them

KIPP Chicago Schools teachers are supported in their demanding work by experienced and dedicated leadership and staff who have themselves proven successful in the teaching role. Our leaders maintain consistent school-wide systems and procedures — academic, behavioral, cultural, logistical — designed to permit teachers to do their best work.

Our supports for teachers’ work include, but are not limited to the following:

A recent model of Mac laptop computer
A monthly stipend to support the cost of mobile phone usage
Common behavioral expectations upheld by all school staff and recorded through our student paycheck system with attached school-wide incentives and disincentives
Principals and assistant principals who are routinely present throughout the building and day
One-on-one meetings with a principal and/or assistant principal once per week to discuss student progress and the teacher’s development
Collaboration with grade-level and content teams four afternoons per week
Two hours of time each week devoted to analyzing student data and planning responsive instruction
A prep period each day, typically 70 – 90 minutes
Frequent in-building professional development from school leadership
A rigorous prepared curriculum in ELA, Math, and Science; prepared unit plans and unit assessments for Social Studies
In-building technology support
Highly efficient and thoughtful scheduling, including for special events like field lessons or testing windows
A team of ambitious, talented staff, every single one committed to our important work

The requirements for a Classroom Teacher are:

Bachelor’s degree (required)
Meet testing requirements of Illinois Charter Law (passing score on ILTS Music 212 test) (required)
Illinois teacher license (strongly preferred)
Two years’ prior success teaching in “low-income,” urban communities (strongly preferred)

KIPP Chicago Schools offers a competitive compensation and benefits package:

Salaries based on experience
Competitive rates for medical insurance and short-term disability insurance. Dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance are offered at no cost.
Contributions to the Chicago Teacher’s Pension Fund in accordance with Illinois state law
An additional, optional 403(b) retirement account
Robust professional development

Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Recruitment via email at

KIPP Chicago is committed to a policy of equal treatments for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic background.