If you are looking for the opportunity to drive transformative change in a diverse community of learners and contribute to reimagining what schools should be, ultimately creating a richer learning experience that empowers every child to realize his or her highest potential, we encourage you to apply.

Right now we're hiring:

Counselor/Social Worker
Middle School Gym Teacher
Special Education Teacher
High School World Language Teacher
High School Social Studies Teacher


Empowering Students to Own Their Learning

Teachers at Foundations see themselves as facilitators and coaches, not as disseminators of knowledge.

Teachers at Foundations plan by deeply understanding student data and determining what group and individual supports are needed for their students to move forward on complex projects. This planning requires teachers to consider not only how students are integrating content information into their projects but also how they are applying cognitive skills that stretch across all content areas (such as argumentative writing and hypothesizing) and the habits of success (like perseverance) that prepare them for the world beyond the classroom.

Foundations is excited to partner with Summit Learning beginning in the 2017-18 school year! Summit is a curriculum platform that empowers students to take charge of their learning and develop both content knowledge and cognitive skills that will help them succeed in college and in life.

A Community Committed to Excellence and Continual Growth

Our faculty understand the value of collaboration. They share best practices across the school, observe one another in the classroom, and work as a team to provide their students with high-quality education. 

We prioritize developing leaders from within and have invested in multiple career pathway programs for our teachers and leaders.  With 45 days of professional development built into the academic year, our teachers are equipped with the tools necessary to improve their practice and tackle challenging issues for which there is no prewritten playbook.

Foundations has been recognized by Next Generation Learning for its innovative staffing model.


What we Look For

A record of high performance: teachers who set and meet ambitious goals for student learning, plan from rigorous standards, and regularly use student data to maximize student growth.

Culture setters committed to creating a calm, caring, warm/strict classroom culture: teachers who have high expectations for all students and a strong classroom presence, while also recognizing the importance of compassion and socioemotional learning in student development.

Risk takers, creative problem solvers, and entrepreneurial leaders: teachers who want to innovate and can fail forward, who are exceptional critical thinkers with a flexible mindset, and who ultimately own the successes and failures of their students.

Resilient, driven optimists: teachers who are committed to changing the lives of students and believe all students can achieve at the highest levels.

The Details

As a general matter, all of our instructional positions require the following:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited, four-year university
  • Experience teaching in underserved communities preferred
  • Valid IL teaching certificate preferred but not required (except for Special Education candidates, who must have LBS1 certification)

Please note that Foundations College Prep hires regardless of race, ethnicity, country of origin, gender, sexual orientation, or special need.

Questions? Please reach out to Sarah Hunko Baker, Founding Principal, at careers@foundationscollegeprep.org.