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Star Academics Instructor

* Please scroll to the bottom in order to view the 2017 - 2018 Star Academics Employment Opportunities.

Biola Youth Academics is committed to serve and support the homeschool community, along with public, private and missionary students, by providing academically rigorous programs from a Biblical worldview. In partnership with parents, we educate students, equipping them to engage culture as disciples of Christ.

Basic Function: To instruct enrolled home-educated teens in the course work of a specific academic class, evaluate student progress throughout the course, and clearly communicate course expectations to parents throughout the term.

Supervision Received: Reports to the Academic Administrator

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Understand that parents are ultimately responsible for the education of their students.

2. Instruct in a manner consistent with a Biblical worldview, incorporating prayer, Bible interpretation, and discipleship in the Christian faith as appropriate.

3. Present themselves in a professional manner by dressing appropriately in a business professional style and will adhere to all student dress code restrictions. See Biola Youth Dress Code for details.

4. Propagate an attitude of mutual respect between students, parents, and instructors. Titles of courtesy (Mr., Mrs., and Miss) will be used when addressing adults and instructors.

5. Lead 16 class sessions (plus 16 second day classes if applicable) per semester.

6. Secure an approved substitute in the event of a serious personal obligation.

7. Plan class activities such as review previous lessons, present new material, encourage class participation and group discussions, facilitate projects, and other activities not normally addressed "at home." Instructors should avoid activities, such as viewing irrelevant videos, completing lengthy tests, and other work that can be administrated by the parents, without prior consent from their Academic Administrator.

8. Instruct parents who will assist in class on a rotating basis. Reasonable expectations of parent participants must be spelled out in writing.

9. Collect, review, and evaluate students' homework assignments giving a numerical score within a one week period as required.

10. Input student scores into web-based grading program on a weekly basis. This will be monitored by the Academic Administrators and Academic Administrative Specialist.

* Quarterly deadlines for final data to be entered: See calendar of important dates and events.

This is to ensure that quarterly summaries, which will be available online, are accurate and complete.

11. Check student score summary on t-web weekly and notify Academic Administrator by email of students whose performance has fallen below 70%.

12. Be familiar with the student consent to policy and standards of conduct forms to facilitate the maintenance of an orderly classroom experience. Use the notification system set forth in the discipline guidelines. Take appropriate action when confronted with misconduct. If a student does not meet the standards of Star Academics, either in attitude, dress code compliance, or in their level of coursework, instructors will inform the parents of the violation that day with the parent notification form, and if applicable, a phone call or meeting after class. Campus Coordinators must be informed of misconduct by documentation on the attendance sheet.

13. Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to class meeting to check in with the Campus Coordinator and pick up class file folder, which includes class roster and attendance sheet.

14. Before leaving the campus, return class file folder to the Campus Coordinator.

15. Be responsible for classroom set up and clean up. The classroom must be left as it was found unless otherwise directed. This will vary by campus.

16. Complete the required paperwork and give it to the appropriate individuals in a timely fashion:

a) Orientation Day: Letter of Introduction, pre-approved by the Academic Administrator, and must be turned in to the Academic Administrator at Orientation.

b) First semester:

* Week 1: A generic lesson plan to the Campus Coordinator.

c) Second semester: Second semester for new semester classes only:

* Week 1: Letter of Introduction, pre-approved by the Academic Administrator.

17. Attend MANDATORY periodic events and meetings:

* Instructor, Teacher, Staff Orientation (August)
* Campus Orientation(s)
* Fall Instructor Meeting (November)
* Spring Instructor Meeting (February)

18. Appropriately manage Star Academics funds, not to exceed $50 per semester/class, for purchasing white board markers, classroom supplies, photocopies, and incentives. Original receipts must be kept and turned in with a Reimbursement Requisition to the Academic Administrative Specialist. (See calendar for specific dates.)

19. Holds personal theological beliefs that are in agreement with the Biola Doctrinal Statement, and maintain a lifestyle in consonance with the Christian principles of Biola University. Employment shall continue at the discretion of the Academic Administrator and will terminate one week after the end of the second semester, or in the event the instructor's services are unnecessary or no longer meet the program's standards. Failure to abide by the standards stated may result in disciplinary action and /or termination.


General: Expertise or serious interest in imparting knowledge to teens in an academic area. Must be flexible, have self-initiative, be trust-worthy, and able to make a serious commitment to follow through and complete tasks. Must have excellent interpersonal skills and professionally represent Biola in conduct and appearance to the community. Must be supportive of homeschooling as a viable educational alternative and be willing to assist in that process.

Specific: Must have experience with leading or working with teens and be able to communicate clearly with students and their parents. Teaching experience in a classroom setting is preferred.

Education: Four year (BA/BS) college degree or higher (Masters preferred) from an accredited university. Multiple or Single Subject Credential or content area expert in the area being taught. Personal homeschool experience preferred.

Spiritual: BYA instructors are committed to biblical inerrancy, a Christian worldview, and a life of discipleship as followers of Jesus. Instructors are expected to, not only facilitate learning, but to do so in a manner that promotes integrative thinking, biblical literacy, and critical thinking; hence, equipping young people in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. As a result of taking our classes, students more deeply understand God's truth, are transformed to be more like Him, and increasingly live a testimony to the world as followers of Jesus.

Skills: Good computer skills, organization, record keeping, up-front presentation, written and verbal skills to communicate with students and parents, strong interpersonal relationships, creation and implementation of lesson plans.

School year: August 16, 2017 through June 8, 2018

Desired start date: August 16, 2017

Hiring Range: Pay ranges per semester per class: Junior high classes (grades 6-8): $660 -

$875; High school classes (grades 9-12): $1160 - $1495

Please note: A few campus classes are offered only in the fall semester, i.e. Government and SAT and Career Prep.

2017 - 2018 Star Academics Employment Opportunities:

La Mirada Campus:

00067, Algebra 1, 9, Wednesday/Friday, 8:20 AM - 9:20 AM

00079, Geometry, 10/11, Wednesday/Friday, 10:50 AM - 11:50 AM

00108, Physical Science with Lab, 9/10, Wednesday/Friday, 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM

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