• Full Time
  • Berkeley, CA
  • This position has been filled

Website Black Pine Circle School

A School of Thought






Black Pine Circle School is a K–8 independent school in Berkeley, California. For 50 years, we have inspired lifelong learners through an inquiry-based Socratic education that places equal emphasis on academics and the arts. Our Lower School (grades K–5) supports approximately 125 students, and our Upper School (grades 6–8) supports approximately 200 students. At Black Pine Circle School our students love learning and want to have the joy of intellectual “play” with their teachers. In a “BPC” classroom, there is an effervescence that is seldom seen from young people during the elementary and middle school journey.

Mission Statement:

BPC’s mission is to create a learning community that encourages humanity, empathy, moral depth, cultural understanding, and freedom in intellectual pursuits. Socially, it is our goal to instill mutual respect, compassion, and a sense of belonging among all of our students.

Position Description:

This is a full-time, on-site, core-curricular position. The upper school English teacher will be responsible for planning and delivering lessons, creating engaging and interactive learning experiences, and communicating effectively with students, colleagues, and parents. BPC teachers are expected to provide an inclusive, welcoming classroom environment. Black Pine Circle students thrive in Socratic Seminars. Our students bring ideas, comments, and passion to the forefront of learning, every day. Our team of extraordinary educators work together to craft a curriculum that is joyful, intellectually rigorous, reflective of the world around us and, perhaps most essentially, thought-provoking.

The upper school English teacher will collaborate with colleagues in the 6-8 program and grade-level teaching team. Responsibilities will include teaching 16 periods of English each week, acting as a student advisor, and creating community through our Houses and auxiliary programs. This position will also require supervising students outside of the classroom, chaperoning field trips and grade-level trips, and participating in grade-level, division, and all school meetings.

School-wide Duties:

Participate on school committees as needed and appropriate
Attend all 4-STAR events (school-wide mandatory events)

Required Qualifications and Skills: 

  • Experience in lesson planning and teaching
  • Effective communication skills
  • Experience in creating a nurturing and inclusive classroom environment
  • Passion for fostering a love of literature and language in students
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Education, or a related field (Master’s degree preferred)
  • Knowledge of current educational practices and curriculum standards
  • Experience working with middle school students
  • Willingness to dig deep into Socratic teaching
  • Student-centered and practiced in differentiated instruction


The anticipated base compensation the school reasonably expects to pay candidates for the position of upper school English teacher is $65,000 to $102,000, depending on factors such as experience and education.

BPC’s board and administration are dedicated to offering competitive salaries and benefits, including medical benefits, retirement plan employer contributions, potential stipends, and professional development opportunities.

Working Environment: 

Sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time. Light to moderate lifting (up to 30 pounds). Reaching, stooping, pulling, pushing, bending, walking, writing, and keyboarding.

To Apply:

Interested candidates may apply by submitting an application, resume, and cover letter here.

Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.


Black Pine Circle School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all applicants, employees, and volunteers, and the School makes decisions based on the merits of each candidate. We have an ongoing commitment to the creation of a workplace free of discrimination and harassment, and prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s culture, race, ethnicity, sex, religious beliefs, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, reproductive health decisions, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, military and veteran status, citizenship status, marital status, genetic information, height, weight, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law. Black Pine Circle will afford equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants, employees, and volunteers as to all terms and conditions of employment, including, without limitation, compensation, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, discipline, and termination. 

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