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Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School (CGPS) is a PreK-12 co-educational school located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, steps from Central Park. It was founded in 1764 and has a long and storied history of nurturing our students’ potential and passions both inside and outside the classroom, unifying and inspiring members of its community in a rigorous but relaxed learning environment, preparing them for the finest colleges and instilling in them the confidence, ethical values and sense of purpose to embrace challenges, to achieve their dreams and to improve the world. 

CGPS seeks faculty members who are well-trained in their respective disciplines and are committed to the growth and development of every student in our care. Teachers new to our community are given a comprehensive orientation to the School, its procedures and culture to ensure a smooth transition. New faculty are mentored by long-tenured teachers and administrators to help guide them through their inaugural year. 

CGPS employment packages include: highly competitive salaries, paid family leave, a generous professional development allowance, long-term disability, group term life insurance, faculty yoga, faculty swimming and free breakfast and lunch.
 

Employment Opportunities

The Grammar School Science Teacher is a qualified educator committed to building a classroom culture that fosters students’ genuine love for learning and creates a sense of curiosity and problem-solving. Led by their own curiosity and love of discovery, the GS Science teacher establishes a safe and joyful learning environment in which failure is embraced as a necessary step on the pathway to deeper understanding.The Grammar School Science Teacher has experience teaching grammar school aged children (PreK-4th Grade) and has a degree in elementary education or an area of science.

The Grammar School Science Teacher holds primary responsibility for implementation of the science curriculum and assessment of student progress and is committed to continuously improving curriculum, instruction and performance through collaboration as part of a content area team.

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The Grammar School Swim & Physical Education (PE) Teacher is a qualified physical education and swim teacher with experience teaching children in PreK - 4th Grade. The teacher must hold a degree in Physical Education or related field. The Grammar School Swim & PE Teacher holds primary responsibility for implementation of the CGPS PE & Swim curriculum and assessment of student progress, promoting and supporting student health, wellness, and fitness. The Grammar School Swim & PE Teacher is committed to continuously improving curriculum, instruction and performance through collaboration as part of a content area team.

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The Grammar School Reading Specialist will work as a colleague with classroom teachers to support literacy learning by teaching daily differentiated reading groups across kindergarten through fourth grade.

The Grammar School Reading Specialist will focus on individual and group professional development that will expand and refine the understanding of research-based effective instruction. In order to fulfill these expectations, the Grammar School Reading Specialist will provide personalized support and coaching that is based on the goals of individual teachers and grade-level teams.
 

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The Early Childhood (Pre-K & K) Associate Teacher is a unique role for talented individuals who are looking to gain experience and hands-on practice to become a successful full-time classroom teacher. Associate Teachers have an opportunity to observe best practices in classroom instruction from experienced teachers and school leaders. Associate Teachers observe and learn from Head Teachers, co-teach with teacher-leaders, provide in-house substitute teaching coverage for teachers, and support teachers with whole class and small group student instruction. At times, Associate Teachers may also teach their own class of students, allowing for direct teaching experience within a more limited teaching load. The Associate Teachers will meet regularly with a coach for mentorship and to receive feedback on lessons and instruction. The Head Teachers are ultimately responsible for the curriculum and academic program, parent teacher conferences and speaking to families about their individual children. The Associate Teacher is to play a supportive role to the Head Teachers in these areas. We look for candidates with intelligence, energy, optimism, commitment to students, and creativity. 

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The permanent substitute will play a key support role in and out of the classroom to work with teachers to help students succeed. They have the opportunity to observe best practices in classroom instruction from experienced teachers and support teachers with whole class and small group student instruction. The Permanent Substitute is also responsible for enforcing school rules, setting up materials, and carrying out duties during the course of the school day. Under the direction of the administration, the Permanent Substitute may assist students one-on-one or in small groups and monitor classes where teachers are remote.

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The permanent substitute will play a key support role in and out of the classroom to work with teachers to help students succeed. They have the opportunity to observe best practices in classroom instruction from experienced teachers and support teachers with whole class and small group student instruction. The Permanent Substitute is also responsible for enforcing school rules, setting up materials, and carrying out duties during the course of the school day. Under the direction of the administration, the Permanent Substitute may assist students one-on-one or in small groups and monitor classes where teachers are remote.

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Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment decisions including hiring, transferring and promotions are based on merit and business needs, and not on race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, sexual and reproductive health choices, pregnancy, marital/partnership status, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, alienage, citizenship, military status, veteran status, mental or physical disability, genetic predisposition, status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other characteristic or status protected by law.

Working at CGPS

"Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School has been my professional home for over 18 years. I have grown so much here because the school values and trusts their faculty. The smart, mature and engaged students make every day of teaching an opportunity to witness that ‘ah-ha’ moment that makes this job so rewarding."

Adam gerson, director of technology