There are no positions open at this time, but please visit our website to learn more about our Expeditionary Learning model and our community. Vacancies can occur throughout the school year and will be posted on this page.
Philosophical Underpinnings of SBCS
Southwest Baltimore Charter School (SBCS) is a thriving EL Education School (http://www.eleducation.org) in the heart of Baltimore City. Open for 11 years, SBCS sits adjacen to Carroll Park and serves a diverse group of 417 students in K-8.
SBCS provides an engaging arts-infused curriculum with an emphasis on developing student thinking, creativity, and leadership. SBCS focuses on the whole child, recognizing the importance of character education. We strive to meet the social-emotional needs of children while helping them achieve academic excellence.
SBCS is a teacher-led school where staff committees and a school leadership structure foster the development and implementation of many decisions throughout the school. Collaboration, consensus decision-making and dialogue are essential practices in our school. We seek employees who can thrive in a collective leadership environment. All staff members are part of a community of learners. We work together on behalf of students to improve the school's program, share expertise, build knowledge in our disciplines, and model collaborative learning. Staff culture is characterized by trust and respectful collegiality. Teachers focus on solutions free of judgment, blame, and defensiveness and support each other in improving their practice. School leaders, teachers, and students join together in a school culture characterized by self -discipline, compassion, collaboration, and joy in learning.
All applicants for all positions must understand and embrace SBCS's approach to learning and leading, which is rooted in the tenets of EL Education.
• We champion a positive school-wide culture by devoting time and attention to developing and maintaining traditions, systems, and structures necessary to support school culture.
• We celebrate and define the values of EL through our daily words and actions, through displays and materials related to the school vision, through community meetings, and through public events.
• We model and promote EL traditions such as opening readings, team-building activities, and staff and student recognition for achievement and acts of character that build and sustain staff and whole-school cultures.
• We take responsibility for all students, and act proactively to ensure that the school's code of character is demonstrated in hallways and common spaces, and during school-sponsored events on and off school grounds.
• We model our Habits of Scholarship in word and action.
• We frame and address issues related to student discipline constructively, in line with the EL commitment to fostering a strong school culture and individual student character. School discipline is framed in terms of self-discipline and become a self-directed learner.
• Student misbehavior is treated as a learning opportunity for both students and teachers. Teachers probe for causes of misbehavior or conflict, and consequences are logical, consistent, and clearly communicated.
• Classroom norms reinforce the Habits of Scholarship and establish classroom cultures focused on responsibility for learning, compassionate behavior, and positive student leadership.
• Kindness is essential in all of our work and relationships.
• We expect students and staff to learn in and through the arts.
• We value outdoor experiences for staff and students, and implement a fitness and adventure program that is based on the tenets of Outward Bound.
• Our students are bound for their "best fit" high schools and post secondary college or training.
• We want our students to reach their highest potential as they strive for a healthy, happy life beyond school.