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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 20 students, so the average teacher works with 60-80 students total each semesterIn addition, our teachers teach four classes; in a seven-period day, four classes and mentoring allows for two prep periods most days. 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.

_JS26147Teachers 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. All staff members serve as mentors and many administrators teach one or two courses. Far from being removed from the day-to-day classroom experience, teachers, administrators and support staff all are integral members of the community.

Employment Opportunities at University High School

English Instructor

English Instructor

University High School of Indiana seeks a dynamic educator to teach English beginning with the 2019-20 school year. The ideal candidate will have a passion for the humanities at the high school level, a desire to collaborate with other members of the faculty and staff, and a willingness to be involved at University beyond the classroom.

Faculty members at University High School are responsible for all tasks related to instruction, including planning, implementing, and assessing a curriculum that fits the school’s mission to expand the hearts and minds of its students through academic, creative and physical achievement. Instructors also serve on school committees and support the educational system of the school as a whole. Additionally, all faculty and staff members at University High School serve as mentors to students in the school-wide mentoring program.


  • Bachelor’s degree in English, English Education, or a related field required; master’s or other advanced degree preferred
  • Ability to teach all levels of high school English required, including AP courses; teaching experience strongly preferred
  • Willingness to mentor required; mentoring experience preferred
  • 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
  • Facility with technology required
  • Ability to collaborate with, or teach in, other departments may also be considered
  • Background check and current authorization to be employed in the U.S. required

University High School of Indiana is an independent college preparatory school located in Carmel, IN. University High School offers an excellent salary and benefits package. 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. 

Applications will begin to be reviewed immediately, and the position will remain posted until filled.

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.

Why Do Teachers Love Working at University?

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

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

Within a set of graduation requirements, teachers at University High School are encouraged to be creative in what is taught and how it is taught. Both students and teachers are given the opportunity to sink deeper into knowledge, to uncover yet more questions. The individual is not lost within the community, nor is the community sacrificed for the individual.

Maggy Dean

English & History 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