About Us


Since 1915, Shady Hill, a school of 520 students (PK-VIII) and 90 faculty, has been a leader in progressive elementary education. The year-long Central Subject study, which emphasizes strong content, the use of primary sources, acquisition of essential skills, and self-discovery, forms the core of our curriculum. Grades 3-8 engage in Central Subject, an in-depth, integrated, yearlong thematic study of a particular time or people in history. Faculty who teach a Central Subject are responsible for the skills and content in both social studies/history and language arts and, with the support of performing arts and visual arts faculty, the integration of these disciplines. Each Central Subject teacher also serves as a homeroom/advisor for 15-19 students.

Shady Hill is a deeply mission-driven school. We seek to develop independent, joyful, and curious learners who respect their own accomplishments and those of others. We strive to be a community whose values are strong and which is unafraid to engage students in important questions. The School’s program enables children to explore their worlds and test their powers. As a diverse school, we believe that an inclusive community is an educational and moral imperative that empowers us all. Therefore, we seek to hire teachers who share this commitment and demonstrate the skills of culturally competent educators.

Shady Hill School is also a teaching-training institution. Its long-standing Teacher Training Course, which brings as many as 18 apprentice teachers to campus each year, prepares talented men and women for careers in education and allows each faculty member the opportunity to be a mentor and meaningful contributor to the teaching field. Because of the School’s commitment to teacher training, Shady Hill seeks teachers with certification or a demonstrated interest in working towards certification when hired by Shady Hill School.

Shady Hill School actively seeks to forward diversity through its program and hiring.

Faculty Openings

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  • Part time Middle School Learning Specialist (75% FTE)

    Basic Purpose: 
    Shady Hill is seeking a full-time middle school learning specialist who is skilled in differentiated and developmentally-aligned models of teaching and learning; understands the importance of cultural competency and instructional technology; and is attuned to the cognitive, social and emotional growth of middle school students.  Working in concert with faculty, administrators and families, the candidate will deliver strategy-based 1:1 and small group academic support to students.  Academic support includes, but is not limited to, executive functioning skills, writing, reading comprehension, and math.

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Administrative & Staff Openings

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Other Openings

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  • Afterschool Teacher

    Basic Purpose: The Shady Hill Auxiliary Programs team is seeking dedicated, dynamic and engaging instructors to join our experienced Afterschool team for the 2021-22 school year.  This is a part-time position (total 21 hours per week).

    Auxiliary Programs Afterschool Program is available to all Shady Hill families from Beginners (Pre-K) through Grade V, and provides families with much needed after school childcare. Staff members are expected to supervise and engage students both during indoor and outdoor play time, support students with homework, and work with coworkers to develop and implement fun, enriching, developmentally appropriate activities for students.  
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  • Marketing and Communications Systems Specialist (Leave Replacement beginning August 2021-December 2021)

    Basic Purpose: The person in this position will play a key role in the day-to-day management of Shady Hill School's website and provide support on various marketing and communications-related projects.
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  • Substitute Teacher

    We are currently taking applications for substitute teaching positions in our Lower and Middle School. Candidates for substitute teaching positions should have at least a bachelor’s degree and experience working with children; preference will be given to candidates with degrees in education and to those with a master’s degree.
    Please send a cover letter, resume and references to:

Whom To Contact

If we have no posted job openings and you would like to be considered for a future position at our school, please send your cover letter and resume to:

Allison Godlewski
Human Resources Manager

Shady Hill School
178 Coolidge Hill
Cambridge, MA 02138
617.520.5260        178 Coolidge Hill    Cambridge MA 02138