Ridgeview begins instruction of Latin in kindergarten and Greek in the third grade. While instruction at these levels is of an elementary nature, it is also of a foundational nature. Both Latin and Greek are taught with the intent of supporting instruction of the etymologies and grammar of
the English language. Ridgeview’s Classics program focuses on language, literature, history, mythology, and archaeology, though not all teachers are expected to teach all of these subjects. In the middle and upper levels, Wheelock’s Latin is used extensively so that pupils may eventually read and discuss primary source texts from Cicero, Virgil, Horace, Livy, and Ovid, among others. In the elementary school, extensive use is made of Christopher Perrin’s texts for Latin and Greek. To assist in memorization, a spoken Latin program has been implemented with considerable success. Ridgeview is seeking applicants who are passionate about their discipline, creative, teachable, and excited to work with a broad range of pupils to ensure that the Classics are embraced as a
cornerstone of Ridgeview’s academic program. Ridgeview neither requires nor prefers candidates with teacher certifications but would rather solicit applications from individuals who have demonstrated academic mastery in the Classics. Teaching experience is preferred but is not essential. Written and oral communication skills, punctuality, a strong work ethic, and collegiality are essential.
Teachers in the elementary school make heavy use of the original Core Knowledge sequence, though the school
rejects innovations that align the curriculum with the Common Core. Many aspects of the elementary curriculum have been strengthened by ncorporating other programs or implementing
curricula unique to Ridgeview. For instance, Latin is taught to pupils from kindergarten on, and Greek is introduced to students in the third grade. While instruction at these levels is of an elementary nature, it is also of a foundational nature and serves pupils well in their study of new vocabulary by enabling them to understand etymologies as well as grammar. Other deviations from
the Core Knowledge sequence include a cursive penmanship program, the Singapore mathematics program and pupil ability grouping therein, and a Riggs phonics program. The elementary school uses a series of push-in and pull-out classes to support the homeroom teacher. For example, Latin,
Greek, and science in some grades are examples of push-ins in which a specialist is brought into the
classroom, whereas art and music are examples of push-out classes in which pupils leave the classroom to visit another specialist. Homeroom teachers are generally responsible for teaching
history, phonics, composition, literature, mathematics, and the school’s character pillars.
Ridgeview’s instruction in mathematics begins with a hybridized Singapore-Saxon math program in the elementary school that emphasizes a conceptual approach and cumulative retention. All pupils are given placement tests and ability grouped according to the highest level of mathematics in
which they can reasonably be Successful. A mainstay of the instruction of mathematics at all levels is a conceptual understanding of the math being undertaken; consequently, a Socratic discussion in
the classroom supports this process and ensures that pupils can demonstrate the knowledge they
claim to possess. Ridgeview is committed to a true liberal arts curriculum, meaning that arts and
humanities are emphasized as much as mathematics and science. Consequently, many of the conversations that ensue in the classrooms are of a cross-disciplinary nature. Beyond the Singapore curriculum, Ridgeview offers courses from pre-algebra through number theory, advanced geometry,
statistics, and independent studies in linear algebra and differential equations. Not all teachers are
expected to teach all course levels. Rather, Ridgeview is seeking applicants who are passionate
about their discipline, creative, teachable, and excited to work with a broad range of pupils. Ridgeview neither requires nor prefers candidates with a teacher ertification and would rather solicit applications from individuals who have demonstrated academic mastery in the mathematics.
Teaching experience is preferred but is not essential. Written and oral communication skills, punctuality, a strong work ethic, and collegiality are essential.
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