School Program Manager

The Primary School - East Palo Alto, California - Full time


The Primary School is creating a new school model that brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age. We recognize the entrenched racism that exists within our public systems and the unjust impact this has had on families of color. Our aim is that children and families most impacted by systemic poverty and racism receive the multidisciplinary support they deserve to be well, learn, and thrive.

Long-term, we hope to create a game-changing school model that can be replicated across the country. As we continue to learn and grow, we plan to share what we’ve learned and pursue policy and systems change on a local, state, and national level. We are proud to receive funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.

Our approach has three defining characteristics:

  • We start early. We start working with children as young as 8 months and provide full-time school starting at age three to reach them at a critical stage in development.
  • We partner with parents. We believe that when parents thrive, children thrive, so we support the wellness and growth of parents alongside the growth of their children.
  • We integrate services. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs.

In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four year olds. We have grown to serve over 300 children and their families through a birth to three program, parent wellness program, full-day preschool, and elementary school, which will grow through eighth grade. In 2021, we opened our second site in the East Bay.


We are continuing to grow our East Palo Alto site and are excited to launch 5th grade for our 2022-2023 school year. In our school we currently serve ~300 students across two preschool grades (3 and 4 year olds), kindergarten, and first grade through fourth grade. Beyond school, core components of our model include partnering closely with parents throughout their child’s development and supporting parent wellness; coordinating early screening and developmental support; and working with existing health care providers in the community to coordinate care for children.


AsTPS continues to grow our flagship campus in East Palo Alto into upper elementary and middle school, while at the same time preparing to expand our new preschool program in the East Bay, it is important to provide the school programs with additional support in program implementation. Given that TPS grew out of early childhood programming, most of the current expertise is concentrated in early childhood and elementary. Therefore, the bulk of the support needed is in upper elementary.

The Program Manager will report to the Director of School Program and work closely with the leadership teams at both school sites.


Data Management, Progress Reports, and Online Learning

  • Support school sites with shift to new data management platform
  • Support school sites with progress report management (online platform, timelines, trainings)
  • Manage online assessments and integration into data platform
  • Engage instructional leaders and teachers in aligning grading practices
  • Engage instructional leaders and teachers in developing writing assessment plan
  • Support the integration of online learning platforms and technology into the overall educational experience to ensure a coherent experience for student

Curriculum and Program

  • Support data-driven instructional practices at both school sites
  • Support the implementation of the standards-based assessment plan in elementary
  • Support school sites with COST process, including improvements, documentation, and integration with SPED approach
  • Engage instructional leaders and teachers in strengthening and articulating math program in alignment with the standards-based assessment plan

Teacher Support

  • Plan and facilitate peer observation structures
  • Support with professional learning for teachers
  • Support implementation of new curriculum (In SY 22-23 this will be the Caring Schools Community Curriculum across K-5)


  • Minimum three years teaching
  • Expertise in progressive, inquiry-based instructional practices that emphasize culturally responsive teaching within a developmentally appropriate framework
  • Experience with high poverty and English Language Learner populations
  • Familiarity with or philosophical alignment with Inquiry-based learning, Structured Literacy, CLASS, and Social Emotional learning.
  • Track record of teaching or coaching to exceptional academic and socio-emotional results for children
  • Experience with trauma-informed practices and/or anti-bias education
  • Exceptional planning and project management skills
  • Belief that all children can accomplish extraordinary things
  • Demonstrated capacity to work across multiple and diverse teams

A Plus If

  • Experience in upper elementary school
  • Experience coaching teachers
  • From East Palo or similar surrounding community
  • Fluent in Spanish


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.


Annual salary range begins at $73,000. Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.


TPS values diversity; people of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please complete the online application and submit your most recent resume. These short-answer questions are designed to replace a cover letter, so take your time with them and copy in your answers from a separate document. If you feel that the questions do not accurately capture what you have to offer The Primary School, you are also welcome to attach a cover letter. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to submit yours soon. We look forward to reading your application!

The Primary School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.The Primary School complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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The Primary School is creating a new school model that brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age.
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