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A Private Independent School Inspiring Children Ages 3 - Grade 8

The Orchard School
Founded in 1922, Orchard is an independent, non-sectarian, progressive school for students in preschool through the 8th grade. Orchard is committed to advancing each student’s academic success, self-confidence, open-mindedness, ethical character, leadership, and love of learning. Located in northern Indianapolis on a 43- acre, wooded campus with a state-of-the-art facility, Orchard promises academic excellence through a well-rounded education, engaging the natural curiosity of students in an active, child-centered, and experiential learning environment.  We seek and strive to maintain a diverse and inclusive school community and are committed to the principles that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. We value the skills, knowledge, and experiences a diverse workforce brings to our school.


Position Summary:

The Orchard School is seeking an innovative, dynamic, collaborative teacher with a strong background in special education. The middle school learning specialist will work directly with seventh and eighth-grade students in a resource classroom for six 45-minute periods a day to support, supplement, and extend classroom teaching in core content areas. The learning specialist will act as a resource and support for teachers in implementing accommodations and differentiation based on individual student needs. The successful candidate will also be an advisor, teach or co-teach a winter intensive class, and assist in chaperoning the class on an overnight trip.


Qualifications and Attributes:

●      Advanced degree in Special Education preferred

●      Credentials in programs such as Orton Gillingham and/or Wilson with expertise in teaching Dyslexic students preferred

●      Ability to support Middle School Math curriculum

●      Training/experience in educational technologies, including online tools such as Bookshare, AIMSweb, Snap and Read, etc.

●      Attention to detail, record keeping, and follow-up

●      Exceptional parental communication, collaboration, and writing skills

●      Self-directed and highly organized

●     Wide-ranging intellectual and educational interests and the ability to understand and support a middle school curriculum

●     Experience working individually with middle school students who have unique learning profiles

●     Ability to assess students’ strengths and challenges within the classroom in order to determine how students best learn

●     Experience strategizing techniques in executive functioning skills, study skills, time management, and organization

●     Ability to meet social-emotional and academic needs of middle school students

●     Experience teaching differentiation strategies to colleagues


The Orchard School values our employees and offers a total compensation package designed to attract and retain talented individuals who make our school successful.  Benefits include:


●       11 paid personal days

●       Health and dental insurance

●       Retirement Savings Plan

●       Tuition reimbursement

●       Employer-paid life insurance

●       Employer paid long- and short-term disability

●       Other benefits

Candidates should apply by sending a resume and cover letter to  Please place “MS Learning Specialist” in the email subject line.

Orchard values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Orchard does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin in the administration of its admission, tuition assistance, or employment determination.

The Orchard School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.

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