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Intrinsic Schools Science Teacher in Chicago, Illinois

About Intrinsic Schools

Intrinsic Schools is a charter network in Chicago that is implementing a revolutionary new model for public education that prepares all students for postsecondary success and world-changing endeavors. Members of our team have the chance to make an impact with students and families by leveraging great teaching and technology to personalize education for each student. 

In addition to personalized plans for academics, we help students learn agency, critical thinking and citizenship by focusing instruction and school culture on Empathy, Perseverance, Identity and Curiosity. This is our EPIC curriculum, which is baked into different parts of each school day and is a big part of what differentiates Intrinsic Schools. When we talk about EPIC and explain our approach, we give it as much weight as we do academics.

We currently run two exceptional public high schools open to all Chicago students. At our Belmont Campus, we serve students in Grades 7-12 – this is our first school, founded in 2013. At our Downtown Campus, we currently serve students in Grades 9-11 as we grow toward 9-12 – we launched this new school in Fall 2019 and will reach full enrollment in Fall 2023. Both of our schools are public schools, with enrollment that is based solely on an open lottery each spring – no tuition, entrance exams or other selective criteria. Our student demographics across both schools are 90% students of color, 86% free and reduced lunch and 19% students with disabilities.

Our approach is yielding strong student outcomes and is in great demand. A snapshot of our middle and high school results: 

  • Level 1+ or 1 rating from CPS every year since opening (Belmont Campus).

  • Consistently rated “Well-Organized” by UChicago Impact’s 5Essentials System.

  • Our mobility rate is very low – only 3% leave for other schools, compared to 11% district-wide.

  • Almost one third of incoming students are siblings – families choose us multiple times.

  • Our family engagement rates in the 99th percentile as we partner with families via an active Parent Advisory Council, Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee, Visioning & Design Sessions, Town Hall Meetings, and facility use and volunteer opportunities.

  • Once at full enrollment, our schools are funded entirely by public dollars – i.e., with the standard per-pupil allotment, without any private fundraising.

  • Rated ‘Advanced’ by Promise54 in their staff experience survey on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

  • 85% of Belmont Middle School students choose to stay for high school. They choose Intrinsic instead of 100s of other options including selective enrollment, magnet and private high schools. 

    Postsecondary Results

    As we prepare our students for school and careers post-high school, our main strategies focus on exploring identity, considering different long-term options, and ‘practicing’ independent decision-making. We host regular in-person meetings with families, and through Seminar classes we focus on postsecondary planning. We link students to local professionals, and organize college and career visits and summer experiences. All Intrinsic seniors have a strong postsecondary plan – in place by May 1 of each year. 

    Job Responsibilities

  • The Science Teacher implements daily lesson plans for 8th Grade Science using Summit Learning 

  • The Science Teacher d emonstrates 100% commitment to preparing every student for post-secondary success

  • The Science Teacher u pholds Intrinsic student culture

  • Collaborate to design and deliver on and offline instruction

  • The Science Teacher l eads an advisory that meets daily

  • Review student level data to inform instruction and student groupings (SAT aligned interim assessments, data from online programs and teacher-created content assessments)

  • The Science Teacher s eeks to improve practice through data analysis, observation, feedback and video

  • Support student learning outside the classroom (facilitate clubs, after-school tutoring, office hours, etc)

  • Contribute to the overall Intrinsic Team by supporting colleagues, participating in school-wide events and seeking ways to improve the school


  • Certified to teach in Illinois or currently enrolled in an alternative certification program

  • Track record driving student outcomes or a history of achievement with students of a similar population

  • Experienced using technology in the classroom or early adopter of technology in personal life or other areas

Equal Opportunity Employer

Intrinsic Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Intrinsic Schools ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of race, creed, gender, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. Intrinsic Schools has a policy of active recruitment of qualified minority teachers and non-certified employees. Any individual needing assistance in making an application for any opening should contact the Department of Human Resources.

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