The history and social sciences program is committed to educating students who can fully participate as active citizens of the United States and the world. By combining deliberative, analytical inquiry with civic engagement, the program aims to help students become action-oriented scholars. Students move from focusing on the role and experience of the individual in the world to investigating the networks, institutions, and systems that have built, upheld, and challenged the ideals and values of the United States and people of the world. Students are challenged to explore Seattle and develop their identity as ethical citizens engaged with the community around them. Seniors can explore their own interests in history and social science through the Global Online Academy (GOA), where they learn alongside students and teachers from more than 60 of the best independent schools around the world. GOA courses may include Advanced Topics in Economics, Applying Philosophy to Modern Global Issues, Redressing Inequity Through Data, and Prisons and the Criminal Law.
Over the course of four years, students learn to:
Cultivate empathy and habits of ethical decision-making.
Engage and participate in civic life as an active citizen.
Demonstrate curiosity, patience, and perseverance in taking intellectual risks.
Write analytically and persuasively.
Practice and hone public-speaking skills.
Learn from, participate in, and contribute to the diversity of human experience.
Investigate the ways of power.
Develop economic literacy.
The Downtown School is an equal opportunity employer seeking to diversify its workplace.
Successful candidates will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in history or a related field and will have a passion for history and for interacting with high school aged students, in and outside of the classroom. An advanced degree in history, particularly world history, is desired. At least five years of prior history or social studies teaching experience at the secondary level is expected. Experience with interdisciplinary study and/or teaching will be considered an asset. The candidate should be proficient with current educational technology, especially blended learning platforms and strategies. Candidates must successfully complete a nationwide criminal background check and a Washington State Patrol background check.
About Downtown School
Lakeside School was founded in 1919, and currently enrolls 858 students in grades 5 through 12 from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds.The School’s Mission and the shared commitment of all Lakeside employees is to develop in intellectually capable young people the creative minds, healthy bodies, and ethical spirits needed to contribute wisdom, compassion, and leadership to a global society. We provide a rigorous, dynamic academic program through which effective educators lead students to take responsibility for learning. We are committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community and in the joy and importance of lifelong learning.