High School Art Teacher

Alpha Public Schools - San Jose, CA - Full time

POSITION: High School Art Teacher

REPORTS TO: Principal


  • Alpha: Cindy Avitia High School


  • Alpha Public Schools students and families
  • Alpha school leaders, office manager, teachers, education specialists and network staff


Born out of parent activism, Alpha Public Schools is a network of public charter schools serving the students of East San Jose. Alpha students, families and teachers collaborate to develop the 21st century academic skills and character strengths students need for success in school, college and career. Together we create self-reliant leaders committed to making positive change in the world. Alpha Cindy Avitia High School opened in the fall of 2015 and we are building out one grade level each year.


Alpha’s Art Teacher will oversee basic, intermediate and advanced art classes. The Art Teacher will be responsible for developing in each student an interest in and the ability for creative expression in visual terms, using skills and techniques of artistic expression consistent with school guidelines; to develop aesthetic understandings and appreciations; to discover and develop talents of students in the field of art.

This individual will have high expectations for all students and a willingness to work hard, doing whatever is necessary to ensure the success of every student. They possess a growth mindset, strong personal character, and a consistent track record of high performance that is results-oriented. They are hard working, punctual, urgent, energetic, and embrace a spirit of self-reflection with a constant desire to improve. Finally, Alpha’s teachers hold a deep belief that all students can succeed in college, and that it is the responsibility of secondary school teachers to ensure that success.



  • Build strong relationships with students and their families
  • Work closely with colleagues to problem solve and to create a successful learning environment
  • Understand the assets and challenges our community faces


  • Find and focus on opportunities to improve student learning
  • Problem solve using a discipline approach to empathizing, brainstorming, and testing new solutions
  • Taking responsible risks to test and refine new solutions
  • Sharing solutions with the Alpha community and beyond

Instruction & Delivery

  • Design and implement interesting but rigorous curricula aligned to the school’s goals
  • Participate in all professional development meetings/retreats and opportunities to further enhance your expertise as a teacher and leadership skills as an Alpha employee
  • Reflect regularly on teaching practice and act on constructive feedback
  • Use assessment data to refine curriculum, inform instructional practices, and drive progress towards academic standards


  • Create a safe, fun and academically challenging classroom culture
  • Reinforce the school-wide behavior management systems and expectations
  • Build on the student core values and personalized leadership training in and outside of the classroom
  • Hold all students to high expectations both academic and behavior


  • EXPERIENCED: Alpha teachers typically have 1-5 years of teaching experience in an urban public school.
  • DRIVEN: Alpha teachers have a relentless drive to advance the minds and lives of students in and out of the classrooms. They have a strong sense of personal responsibility.
  • STRATEGIC: Alpha teachers work hard and smart. They use systems to make the most of finite resources, chiefly among them, time.
  • GROWTH MINDSET: Alpha teachers are committed to their students’ growth and their own. They are both proud and critical of their work, and never stop seeking opportunities to improve.
  • ENTREPRENEURIAL: Alpha teachers are innovators who take responsible risks to develop solutions to meet each students’ needs. They learn from data, and act on constructive criticism to improve their craft.
  • COLLABORATIVE: Alpha teachers solve challenges and work together to advance their craft as a team. They demonstrate strong communication and relationship building with students, families, and colleagues.
  • FLEXIBLE: Alpha teachers adapt to meet the needs of students and a startup work environment.
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Valid Teaching Credential or eligibility for an Intern Credential, required – Single Subject Math
  • Conversational Spanish or Vietnamese a plus

Apply to work at Alpha:

Please submit your application online

  1. Resume
  2. A cover letter that includes the following:
    1. Why do you want to work at Alpha Public Schools? (250 words or less)
    2. What motivated you to pursue art as a career? (250 words or less).

Incomplete applications or those with errors will not be considered. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.

If you have any questions, reach out to the Recruitment Team at jobs@alphapublicschools.org

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Experience Level

Mid Level

Alpha Public Schools

Born out of parent activism, Alpha Public Schools is a network of public charter schools serving the students of East San Jose. 

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