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Work at University High School

University High School’s commitment to genuine student/teacher relationships allows for meaningful instruction and assessment, a personalized approach to education, and the time and energy to truly engage.

Most classes at University number less than 25 students, so the average teacher works with 70-90 students total each semester. In addition, our teachers teach four classes; in a seven-period schedule, four classes and mentoring allows for two prep periods. The role of mentor serves as the equivalent of a fifth “class,” although mentoring is nothing like a homeroom period. Every staff member, including the business manager and head of school, mentors up to ten students. At a minimum, mentors meet privately with each student mentee every other week for a 30-40 minute conversation. Mentors serve as advisors, advocates, counselors, confidantes, and cheerleaders. Many teachers find that mentoring is the most intense, but also the most rewarding, of their roles at University.

Teachers at University have tremendous autonomy within a curriculum that is both traditional and progressive. At the same time, departments work together on scope and sequence in alignment with state and national standards and proficiencies. Many school policies and decisions are discussed in full faculty meetings and are often made by consensus. In this way, teachers at University High School feel a level of investment and contribution that is unique.

Teachers are empowered. Students at University enjoy genuine empowerment, too. They routinely help devise January Term courses, serve on discipline and hiring committees, and initiate and manage clubs and service projects. Students are respected as partners in their own education and stewards of the school. They have a voice. Administrative and support positions are as involved with the students and what happens in the classroom as teachers are. Many administrators teach one or two courses. Far from being removed from the day-to-day classroom experience, teachers, administrators and staff all are integral members of the University High School community.


Employment Opportunities at University High School

Instructional Assistant

Instructional Assistant

University High School seeks a dynamic Instructional Assistant to work full-time in our Learning Support Services (LSS) department beginning with the 2021-22 school year. The ideal candidate will have a passion for working with adolescents with learning differences, a desire to collaborate with staff of the LSS department and other faculty members, and a willingness to support students both academically and in the area of wellness.

The Instructional Assistant is responsible for providing direct assistance to the LSS staff by working directly with individual students and small groups in the areas of academics and executive functions, such as organization and time management. This person will also be responsible for proctoring informal and standardized assessments and implementing and monitoring students’ accommodations and goals. Respect for the confidentiality of students and families is a core component of the program. Other daily responsibilities include record keeping, adapting instructional materials, and clerical duties.


  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and collaboratively with faculty and the LSS team

  • Able to be trained in practices and systems in LSS for record-keeping and daily routines

  • Flexible and adaptable

  • Strong communication skills

  • Strong organizational and time management skills

  • Facility with computer equipment and standard software

  • Competency in at least one of these academic areas: Algebra, science, and/or writing skills

  • Experience working with high school students

  • Commitment to the school’s core values of diversity, excellence, personal responsibility, stewardship, creativity, and mutual respect, support, and trust required

  • Interest in collaborating with colleagues on curriculum, assessment, and professional development required

  • Background check and current authorization to be employed in the U.S. required

This person will be an employee of the Carmel-Clay School Corporation but will be chosen by and work at University High School. The position is federally funded.

University High School of Indiana is an independent college preparatory school located in Carmel, IN. University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws that prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, religion, disability, marital status, and veteran status.

Please send cover letter and resume to University High School, c/o Jennifer Thompson @ 2825 W. 116th Street, Carmel, IN 46032; fax: 317-733-4484; email: jthompson@universityhighschool.org.

Substitute Teacher

Substitute Teacher

University High School is always looking to expand its pool of short-term substitute teachers. If you are interested in substitute teaching opportunities, please contact Kathy Davis, school secretary, at kdavis@universityhighschool.org. A background check is required.

Bus Driver (Indianapolis Route)

Bus driver, Indianapolis routE (Beginning Fall 2021)

University High School of Indiana seeks qualified applicants for a bus driver position. This driver will be responsible for our Indianapolis route in the mornings and afternoons.

The Indianapolis route begins in the Massachusetts Avenue area and ends at University High School. The morning route runs from 6:30 to 8 a.m. The afternoon route runs in reverse from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Applicants must have a valid Indiana driver’s license. Because the vehicle for the route is a 15-passenger van, not a full school bus, a CDL is not required. University High School also requires a background check for all employees.

If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Thompson at jthompson@universityhighchool.org.

Why Do Teachers Love Working at University?

Everyone at University High School recognizes that the essence of education is collaborative partnership. That kind of partnership can only happen in the midst of strong, vibrant relationships, and University works to encourage those relationships every day.

Franklin Oliver

History Instructor

I love teaching at University High School because there are so many opportunities to bring the language to life for my students. With smaller classes and the possibility for travel during January Term, my students get to have authentic experiences that really enhance their language learning and cultural understanding.

Shannon Swann

Director of International Programs & French Instructor

The way University High School is set up allows me to give a crazy amount of positive, personalized attention to my mentees as well as all my students. I am also in a situation in which I can focus my energy on creating the best possible learning experiences. It’s the most ideal teaching situation of which I have been a part.

Luke Crawley

Math & Science Instructor

The way I explain teaching at University High School to my former colleagues at other schools is probably the simplest way I can describe the wonderful experience of being at University. I have them remember back to when they were eighteen years old and deciding to major in education. I then tell them that University is as close to that idealized picture as you are going to find. […] Simply put, being a part of University High School makes you feel like you are contributing to something very special, and that is a wonderful feeling to take home every day.

Jake Thurman

Dean of Students & English & History Instructor