Are you an inspirational music teacher looking to join a well-established, supportive team in a successful and inspiring school? The British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park is looking for an outstanding music teacher to join our team of dedicated practitioners. We welcome applications from outstanding, self-motivated and reflective professionals. We are looking for the right blend of expertise, enthusiasm and experience and a passion for teaching and learning within a Primary environment.
Primary Music Teacher (with the possibility of department leadership)
The British International School Chicago, Lincoln Park
Founded in 2001, British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park (official name) is a top tier private school for children ages 2 to 11 located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. BISC Lincoln Park (abbreviated name) is the only premium, international private school in Chicago that focuses on the developmental years between Pre-Nursery to Grade 5 (ages 2 to 11). BISC Lincoln Park instills a valuesbased education and thematic curriculum at an early age, so our young students will not only thrive from a personalized learning experience, but also gain the social, academic, and global skills needed to succeed as the ambitious and well-prepared innovators of tomorrow.
The school’s mission is to provide an ever-evolving experience for ever-evolving learners. Our core values include respect, thoughtfulness, cooperation, communication, adaptability, curiosity, resilience and morality.
Located in Lincoln Park, one of the most well-known neighborhoods in the heart of Chicago, our campus is steps away from internationally renowned theaters, museums, outdoor parks, hiking & biking trails, and 40 kilometers of public beaches. Our highly supportive parents choose the Lincoln Park campus not only because of its safe, family-friendly setting that’s within walking distance from their homes, but also they can also engage fully in the life of the school as well as their children’s education.
BISC Lincoln Park is part of Nord Anglia Education (NAE) and was NAE’s first international school to open and operate in the Midwest. BISC Lincoln Park is accredited through the International Early Years Curriculum, the International Primary Curriculum and the Council of International Schools. It is the recipient of a 2018 British International School award for creativity in the classroom and three silver dolphins at the Cannes Film Festival.
To learn more about our wonderful school please visit our school website.
About Nord Anglia Education
Nord Anglia Education (NAE) is the world’s leading premium schools organisation, with campuses located across dozens of countries in the Americas, Europe, China, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. Together, our schools educate tens of thousands of students from kindergarten through to the end of secondary school. We are driven by one unifying philosophy: we are ambitious for our schools, students, teachers, staff and communities, and we inspire every child who attends an NAE school to achieve more than they ever imagined possible.
Every parent wants the best for their child — so do we. NAE schools deliver high quality, transformational education and ensure excellent academic outcomes by going beyond traditional learning. Our global scale enables us to recruit and retain world-leading teachers and to offer unforgettable experiences through global and regional events, while our engaging learning environments ensure all of our students love coming to school.
Founded in 1972 in the United Kingdom, the name Nord Anglia reflects the company’s beginnings in the north of England. NAE initially offered learning services such as English-as-a-foreign-language classes and grew during the 1980s by opening full-scale nurseries and kindergartens. In 1992, NAE opened its first international school, the British School of Warsaw. In the 2000s, the company began a strategic focus on premium international schools, with rapid growth in Asia, the Americas, China and across Europe and the Middle East. A truly international organisation, NAE now operates premium international schools worldwide. In July 2019, the company relocated its headquarters from Hong Kong to London, enabling even stronger growth in the future.
Each Nord Anglia Education school is unique in character and designed to meet the needs of its community. We are united by our philosophy, to be ambitious for our students, our people and our family of schools. We believe that being part of our family of 66 schools gives them a special advantage. Working together, we can achieve more than we can individually. Our schools have access to a wide range of resources and support to enhance their success. We also create unique opportunities to benefit our students and people, such as the Global Campus, Nord Anglia University, and our collaborations with The Juilliard School, MIT, UNICEF and King’s College London.
Global academic results for the 2018/19 academic year
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)
- This year’s average diploma score across NAE was 10 per cent higher than the global average.
- Our groupwide average IB diploma score was 33 points out of 45, surpassing the 2018 average of 30.
- 34 NAE schools offered the IB diploma this year, with 1269 students sitting the exam.
- More than 130 students across the family of schools achieved more than 40 points out of 45.
- We also had four students achieve the perfect score of 45.
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
- 50.1 per cent of grades at the equivalent of A*/A (grades 7-9 in the new GCSE framework),
compared to 20.6 per cent of students across the UK achieving the same results.
- 39 per cent of grades at A*/A, well above the global average of 25.2 percent.
- 63.8 per cent of grades were A*/B for the year, also well above the global average of 51.1 percent.
- 100 per cent pass rate for the second year running from all three NAE schools offering this qualification: Collège Alpin Beau Soleil, Collège Champittet, Pully and Collège du Léman
- 32 per cent of students receiving “mentions très bien” for their diploma.
About the role
We’ll look to you to promote high expectations for our students, designing learning activities that are aligned to our school’s Primary curriculum and creating a learning culture where there are no limits to what can be achieved. You will foster an environment of respect within the classroom, facilitating learning through questioning and discussion.
Able to adapt quickly to our fast-paced international environment, you will bring a university degree, a recognised teaching qualification and considerable teaching experience to the table. Committed and creative, you will be reflective on your own teaching and student outcomes, seeking out and implementing new ideas and innovative methods to raise the school’s level of achievement.
Keen to collaborate and share your specialist expertise, you will be a fitting ambassador for the school. You will communicate with confidence across diverse audiences and situations, using your expertise to build strong relationships with parents and students. You will also be able to meet visa-related restrictions for North America.
When you join a Nord Anglia Education school, you join a global community of more than 13,000 people working together to support our students’ success. We offer you unsurpassed opportunities to innovate and develop best practice across our family, to access extensive professional development, and to gain exceptional experience and career development in our schools. At Nord Anglia, you will have opportunities to progress more, learn more, and collaborate more. We offer career and development opportunities that come with being part of our global organisation.
Nord Anglia University unites our team through a vibrant online platform, which harnesses the collective expertise of peers in an exchange of knowledge, ideas and best practice. We also provide extensive online and face-to-face professional development through Nord Anglia University to ensure that our teachers don’t just maintain their skills, they develop at the cutting edge of educational thinking.
Our collaborations with The Juilliard School, MIT, UNICEF and King’s College London, offers our teachers unrivalled access to leading experts in their fields. We also offer selected candidates from our staff worldwide an opportunity to earn their Executive Master’s in International Education in an exclusive collaboration with King’s College London.
Alongside great training and a competitive package, you’ll enjoy the chance to live and work in one of the world’s most vibrant cities.
As a Nord Anglia Education teacher, you enjoy the following benefits:
- A fast-paced, global experience so that you can progress on a global scale
- An enabling environment founded on creativity, challenge and collaboration
- A culture that is fair and consultative
- Unique opportunities to grow professionally and develop your career
The closing date for application is Friday 13th December 2019. First stage interviews will be conducted by Skype or telephone and final interviews will take place at the Nord Anglia Education Recruitment Event in central London in the week commencing 21st January 2020 (alternative arrangements will be made for candidates who cannot attend in person).
Start Date: August 2020
At Nord Anglia Education we are committed to providing a world class, safe, happy environment in which children and young people are able to thrive and learn. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our pupils irrespective of race, ability, religion, gender or culture.
All post holders in regulated activity (having regular unsupervised contact with children) are subject to appropriate national and international vetting procedures including satisfactory criminal record checks from both your country of residence/birth and any country of residence within the last 10 years.