Immediate Middle School Lead Teacher (5th-8th Grade)

  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: Teacher
  • Grade Level: Middle
  • Start Date: Next year opening

Company Description

About KIPP DC:

By 2025, KIPP DC will build upon two decades of proven results to develop into a more impactful, innovative, and inclusive school system that provides joyful, identity-affirming learning experiences so that all students and alumni achieve extraordinary outcomes. We are a network of 20 schools educating 7,000 students and employing 1,400 teachers, leaders, and staff members dedicated to our mission.

Our work is grounded in a commitment to excellence, equity, and justice. We believe all students have the right to rigorous, relevant, and joyful learning experiences led by exceptionally talented and diverse educators who promote student achievement and a sense of belonging. We pride ourselves on providing unparalleled professional development and leadership opportunities. We acknowledge the demands of the teaching profession and continually seek to improve sustainability, benefits, and support for teachers. We seek out teachers who are passionate about educational equity, driven by student and family relationships, and constantly seeking to grow. 

Job Description

Middle School at KIPP DC:

The vision of middle schools at KIPP DC is to have inclusive, identity-affirming, and learning-rich spaces where student voice is elevated and student growth is emphasized. Middle school students feel supported in their growth areas, recognized for their strengths, and supported academically, socially, and emotionally.  

Why teach at KIPP DC Middle Schools:

  • Collaboration. Through ample planning time, grade level and content meetings, and development and wellness days, teachers work collaboratively with peers at their school and across our six middle schools.

  • Growth. Teachers receive feedback and support from school leaders, network content coaches, grade-level chairs, and other teammates to improve their teaching craft. We also offer opportunities to develop leadership skills including grade-level chair, fellowships, and leadership cohorts.

  • School culture. School culture at the middle school level is grounded in Positive Behavior Incentives Systems (PBIS) led by a dedicated PBIS Coordinator at each school. Student identity and creativity is recognized through weekly celebrations and a myriad of clubs.

  • Highly competitive compensation and benefits. Our instructional salary scales are at the top of the DC market and affirm KIPP DC’s value of teachers as the cornerstone of schools.

What positions are available? 

  • We have six middle schools in DC looking for excellent teachers to join their team.

    • Lead Teachers: Lead Teachers aim to teach the whole child. It is our goal to uplift and support our students academic and social-emotional needs. We look for English, math, science, social studies, and homeroom teachers.

    • Special Education Teachers:  Our special education teachers work closely with general education teachers and service providers to fully support our students through interventions that meet their Individual Education Plan goals in inclusion, resource, and pull-out settings.

    • Specials: Our specials teachers are an important part of our school community. They affirm our students’ identities and build students' talents outside of the core academic spaces. help Current specials offerings in our middle schools include physical education, dance, art, music, STEM, African American culture, and much more!


Key Requirements & Responsibilities:

  • Mission Alignment

    • Commitment to KIPP DC’s mission and to advancing its antiracist ambition through their work with staff, students, alumni, and families

    • Subscribe to our Vision for Teaching Excellence and commit/contribute to constant professional growth and development

    • Build trusting relationships with staff, students, and families 

  • Instructional Responsiveness & Content Knowledge 

    • Internalize and teach challenging and engaging lessons linked to Common Core and informed by instructional data

    • Perform clerical duties, as required, relating to textbooks, instructional supplies, student reports and records, attendance reports, etc.

    • Attend staff meetings, professional development sessions, and team meetings

    • When applicable, mentor a Capital Teaching Resident, if assigned to your classroom, by modeling excellent teaching, gradually releasing classroom teaching responsibilities, and implementing weekly coaching and feedback conversations

  • Care of Students & Classroom Culture

    • Build a classroom culture that empowers students, affirms their identities, and creates a sense of belonging for all students

    • Implement the school-wide and classroom management policies and practices

    • Create a responsive and inclusive environment for parents and families

  • Other Information & Requirements

    • While students receive instruction from 8:00 am-4:00 pm, KIPP DC teachers are on duty in school Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm two times a week, and 7:30 am to 4:35 pm three times a week.

    • Perform morning, lunch, and afternoon duties as assigned

    • Pass a FBI criminal background check, as required by law

    • Additional responsibilities may arise during the school year. This could include but not limited to: attending staff and student field trips, open houses, parent-teacher conferences, home visits, and other events involving parents and students as needed. We will communicate them to all employees with as much notice and flexibility as possible. 


  • Bachelor’s degree (Required) 

  • Commitment to working with students from communities with limited access to quality educational opportunities (Required)

  • At least one year of teaching experience in a public school or education degree with student teaching experience (Strongly Preferred)

  • Bachelor’s degree in content area (Preferred)

  • Experience/strength in content area (Preferred)

Additional Information

How to Apply:

Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit, and click the “Middle School Lead Teacher” job posting located under “Teaching Roles.” If you have any questions, please contact the recruitment team via e-mail at [email protected] 

​​KIPP DC Public Schools does not discriminate against, or tolerate discrimination against, employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis or protected class including, but not limited to, actual or perceived race; color; national origin; immigration status (except as necessary to comply with federal, DC, state, or local law); religion; sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions); age; physical or mental disability; medical condition; sexual orientation; gender (including gender identity or expression); marital status (including domestic partnership status); genetic information; political affiliation; pregnancy; family responsibilities; personal appearance; veteran status; uniform service member status; status of being unemployed; status as a victim or family member of a victim of domestic violence, sexual offense, or stalking; matriculation; or any other protected class under federal, state, DC, or local law.

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KIPP DC requires all staff to provide proof that they have had all doses of a primary COVID vaccine or obtain approval for exemption for medical or religious reasons before beginning employment. New hires who have not received all doses of a primary vaccine or who are waiting approval for exemption will not be able to begin employment. New hires who have not received all doses of a COVID vaccine or who are awaiting approval for exemption will not be able to begin employment.

All KIPP DC staff are strongly encouraged to stay up to date on their vaccinations. The CDC currently defines being up to date on the COVID vaccine as having had all doses of a primary vaccine and as having received a booster, if eligible.

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