At the Frances Xavier Warde School, the Intermediate Grades 4-5 bridge the Intermediate Years and Middle School experiences. With teacher guidance, students explore content area subjects while developinga repertoire of study skills and strategies. Teachers focus on curriculum integration in the humanities, math and science, and world language. Through projects and experiments, structured units of study, and purposeful use of technology, students build their academic vocabulary as they broaden their knowledge. During the intermediate years, students are given greater opportunities for extra-curricular activities in the areas of sports, drama, music and art. These opportunities, coupled with a rigorous curriculum, help to foster increased independence in students as they progress toward Middle School.
Primary Professional Function
The Grade 4-5 teacher is responsible for facilitating the cognitive development of all learners by providing a quality learning experience to all children in his/her care. The teacher must possess the knowledge and theoretical grounding necessary to instruct the "intermediate years student, utilizing age-appropriate methods, strategies and procedures.
The Intermediate Years Teacher reports to the Principal and is evaluated, supervised and mentored by the Principal and or Assistant Principal. Other key relationship include: Head of School, other FXW faculty members and staff, students and parents.
Qualifications and Requirements
Required Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
Preferred Master's Degree in Teaching or Curriculum
Required current State of Illinois Teaching Certificate Type 03/Type 09
Compliance with Archdiocese of Chicago Protecting God's Children guidelines
Familiarity with ISACS criteria and standards of excellence
Ability to plan and teach effectively within a complex teaching schedule
Ability to teach courses within a Religion Curriculum - either Catholic or Interfaith in subject matter
Ability to lead a Club and/or Extra-Curricular Activity of interest to Intermediate school students (e.g. yearbook, a sport, an academic team, etc.)
About The Frances Xavier Warde School
The Frances Xavier Warde School is a Catholic elementary school in downtown Chicago that provides an excellent academic, values-oriented education to students of all ethnic, religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in a child-centered urban environment. As a keystone of its diverse community, The Frances Xavier Warde School provides need-based scholarships to thirty percent of its students. The Frances Xavier Warde School partners with its families, nurtures faith development for its Catholic students, and engages all its students to learn about and respect other faith traditions. The Frances Xavier Warde School uses a rigorous curriculum that enables students to grow, clarify their values, and develop decision-making skills and a sense of responsibility for themselves and the world they will inherit.