Hiring FAQ

Sycamore School is an independent, co-educational day school, accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, that serves the needs of over 400 academically gifted students in preschool through grade 8.  Founded in 1985, Sycamore is the only school in Indiana and one of few in the nation where the entire program is designed to meet the needs of gifted learners. Dedicated and talented teachers provide a stimulating and supportive environment where engaged students experience a challenging, enriched, and accelerated program in a beautiful facility.
Qualified applicants should email a cover letter, current resume, copies of degrees and licenses if applicable, a list of 3 professional references, and a list of salary history and salary requirements to:
Julie Szolek-Van Valkenburgh, Human Resource Coordinator

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.
Please note that no phone calls or walk-ins will be accepted for these positions.

Job Openings

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  • Preschool Lead Teacher

    Position type: Full time, exempt
    Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Reports to: Head of Early Childhood
    Position Summary:
    This is a full-time teaching position in one of our preschool classrooms for the 2018-2019 school year. 
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  • Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

    Position type: Part time, non-exempt
    Hours: M/W/TH: 7:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; T/F: 7:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. 
    Reports to: Head of Early Childhood

    Position Summary:
    Sycamore School seeks a Pre-Kindergarten teaching assistant for its early childhood division for the 2018-2019 school year. 
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  • 2nd Grade Teaching Assistant

    Position type: Full time, non-exempt
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
    Reports to: Head of Lower School
    Position Summary: Sycamore School seeks two 2nd grade teaching assistants for its lower school division for the 2018-2019 school year.
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  • 4th Grade Teaching Assistant

    Position type:  Full time, non-exempt
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  
    Reports to:  Head of Lower School

    Position Summary:
    Sycamore School seeks a 4th grade teaching assistant for its lower school division for the 2018-2019 school year.
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  • MS Band Assistant

    Sycamore School seeks a Band assistant for its middle school students for the 2018-2019 school year. In this position you will be expected to support the Band Director and assist your fellow colleagues in creating an engaging and collaborative environment for our 5th through 8th grade gifted learners. 
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  • MS Math Teaching Assistant

    Position type: Full time, non-exempt
    Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30p.m. (unless otherwise specified) 

    Position Summary:
    Sycamore School seeks a Math assistant for its middle school students for the 2017-2018
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  • Quest After School Care - Program Assistant

    Multiple Position Openings

    Position Type: Part Time, 10-month position (Mid-August through May)
    Hours: 2:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Mon. - Thurs) and 1:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m Friday 
    Reports to: Quest Director

    Position Summary: Sycamore School is seeking several hard-working, responsible, and positive individuals for its after school child care program called Quest for the 2018-2019 academic year.
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We are currently hiring for multiple Teaching Assistant positions for the 2018-2019 Academic Year:

Early Childhood Division Teaching Assistants (This division encompasses Preschool through Kindergarten) 
Lower School Division Teaching Assistants (This division encompasses 1st through 4th grade)
Middle School Division Teaching Assistants (This division encompasses 5th  through 8th grade)

The following positions are open for the 2018-2019 academic year:

Employment FAQ

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  • Teachers and Teaching Assistants

    Teachers at Sycamore School are hired on the basis of their training, experience, personalities, and their perceived enthusiasm and energy for teaching. Lead teachers typically have a license to teach and several years of successful teaching experience. Teachers hired at Sycamore who do not have specific training in gifted education are asked to get that training at school expense in a timely manner.
    Teaching assistants at Sycamore School are in every classroom up through fourth grade. In the Middle School (grades five through eight) there are shared assistants in some subjects. Specialists teach music, art, Spanish, physical education, and computer at all grade levels. Teaching assistants in Early Childhood and Lower School often have the same training as lead teachers, but assistants sometimes have training in other professional fields. The assistants work under the direction of their classroom teachers, interacting with students in many instructional activities, on field trips, and by providing class supervision at special events. The teaching assistant position is often an ideal way for a young teacher to gain experience when a full time teaching job does not appear elsewhere. Other assistants find that this is a way to participate professionally in school life without the ultimate responsibility of a lead teacher.

    Teachers and assistants are sought out by the Division Heads in Early Childhood, Lower School, and Middle School. The Division Heads screen résumés and conduct preliminary interviews. Finalists are interviewed by teachers and the Head of School. When possible, teacher candidates are asked to teach a sample lesson to a class of Sycamore School students.
  • Other School Employees

    Teachers are supported in their work by members of the administration, the office staff, the consulting psychologist, and the maintenance staff. The purpose of all non-teaching positions at Sycamore School is to support and facilitate the teachers’ work with students and parents. The procedure for hiring non-teaching staff members varies with the position being filled. Administrators are hired by the Head of School, following procedures that he/she believes are most appropriate for the position to be filled.
  • The Hiring Process

    The typical hiring process involves résumé reviews, interviews, reference checks, and a police background check. For administrative positions, there is usually consultation within the school involving a broader base of school constituents. All hiring at Sycamore is formalized through a contract or a letter of agreement issued by the Head of School. The Head of School is hired by the Sycamore School Board of Trustees; all other employment and staff management is the head’s responsibility in concert with relevant members of the administration.