The North Valley Military Institute College Preparatory Academy (NVMI) is a grades 6-12 public charter school in Sun Valley, CA (Northeast San Fernando Valley). We serve a wonderful, yet challenging demographic of students, most of whom come to us having experienced trauma in their young lives – trauma from violence in homes and the community, substance abuse, gangs, exploitation, and death to name just a few sources. More than 97% qualify for free and reduced lunch, more than 25% are identified Special Education, half are English learners, and nearly all have experienced significant academic and behavioral failures in previous school settings.
Our vision is simple yet demanding – get every one of our students accepted into a four-year college or university and have them ready for college English and math without having to take remedial coursework. Our school is built on four pillars – ACADEMICS that prepare cadets for college; LEADERSHIP which is learned and practiced by leading peers; CITIZENSHIP to become the best human beings possible that treat others with respect, do the right thing, and make our world a better place; and ATHLETICS which promote lifelong habits of wellness (physical, emotional, and psychological).
NVMI is not a boot camp. We use the structure and discipline of a military model to provide an environment with predictable standards and high expectations where every student (called a cadet at NVMI) knows they are loved and cared for both as people and as learners. We believe that every student can learn and will learn if they have enough support to overcome the many obstacles they face.
As a military school, people often assume NVMI cadets will march everywhere, do push-ups on command, and sit in straight rows yelling “yes sir” and “no ma’am” as a matter of habit. Cadets do march and do physical fitness activities and use military courtesy. But academic classrooms at NVMI look and feel like any QUALITY academic classroom in America. Students collaborate regularly in small learning teams that are essential elements of all classes. They are expected to participate in group discussions and occasionally work independently and do silent work. But cadets are expected to be active participants in their learning and teachers expected to create conditions for learning which maximize the likelihood that each cadet masters Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, as well as other applicable state and national academic standards.
Each summer, NVMI offers a variety of programs to help students remediate academic deficiencies, mitigate summer learning loss,
NVMI is currently looking to fill the following teaching positions for the 2021-2022 academic year, which runs from roughly mid-August (when professional development sessions begin through mid-June. All teachers at NVMI teach five periods a day, attend military formations at the beginning and end of each school day, provide support for the instruction of physical education and character development/military science courses, and participate as auxiliary members of a military “company” to promote cadet morale and esprit de corps and show pride in that company by active participation in company spirit-building activities. We also ask each faculty member to find one or more activities to sponsor for out-of-class clubs/teams (orienteering, drill teams, interscholastic athletics, robotics, cheer, archery, marksmanship, color guard, band, intramural athletics, speech and debate, etc.).
- Military science (we are looking for individuals with at least four years of an active military duty, officer or enlisted, with the ability to connect with teenagers, set high expectations, have an excellent rapport, and enforce military discipline and structure for uniform and appearance standards, conduct expectations, military courtesy, accountability, etc.)
- Multiple subject self-contained middle school
- Multiple subject core English/history/fine arts
- Multiple subject core math/science/fine arts
- Single subject math (algebra through calculus)
- Single subject chemistry
- Single subject physics
- Single subject history/social science
- Single subject Spanish
- Designated English Language Development
- Single subject ASL
- Mild-Moderate Education Specialist
- PPS School Counselor
- PPS School Psychologist (bilingual)
- PPS Child Welfare and Attendance
- Substitute teachers for middle school and/or high school
Only individuals with a valid California credential (or eligibility for an Intern Credential or Short-Term Staff Permit or Limited Assignment Permit) need apply for positions marked with a (^) above. People with military experience and at least a bachelor’s degree are particularly encouraged to apply. If you do not yet possess a credential but are willing and eligible to enroll in an intern credential program at a local university, we would also consider your application. Please submit a copy of your credential(s) along with a resume and a cover letter explaining HOW you embody the job description above to the attention of:
Dr. Mark P. Ryan, Superintendent (Or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
North Valley Military Institute
8309 Laurel Canyon Blvd., #295
Sun Valley, CA 91352
NVMI provides fully paid medical, dental, and vision benefits for the employee and participates in the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS). NVMI’s salary is highly competitive with surrounding Southern California school districts, including LAUSD, Simi Valley, Santa Clarita, Glendale, Burbank, and Ventura County. NVMI will also pay for your participation in an induction program to clear your credential, in exchange for an agreement to serve at least three years after clearing your credential.