Designed with input from nearly 1,000 South DeKalb community members, we are a tuition-free, public Kindergarten-8th grade South DeKalb charter school approved to enroll grades K-2 in 2022 (adding a grade each year). Our vision is that each child will know and leverage their unique brilliance to critically analyze the world around them and to design a better and more equitable future. Our school will empower students to be leaders by combining rigorous & relevant academics with social-emotional learning. We put all of this together through our Entrepreneurial Project-based Learning, where students learn not only from their teachers and peers, but also directly from scientists, lawyers, engineers, and designers (learn more about our founding journey here - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1F6qF-PjdfDiPFCKBYdub0sXrdkaUk2sfKWYNWKFPbXM/edit?usp=sharing).
DeKalb Brilliance Academy has a charge from our community to build a different kind of education. Instead of operating in isolation, we build learning partnerships between educators and a) students (our most important stakeholders), b) families (experts on our students), and c) community leaders (experts on the fields in which our students will lead). The work to found our school will be complex, challenging, and deeply rewarding. DeKalb Brilliance Academy is a great fit for individuals who are:
- Purpose-driven: have deep reverence for the brilliance of our children and unwavering commitment to empowering our children to have impactful legacies in our communities
- Community-minded: has ability work collaboratively with peers and manage up to improve the work of everyone around them
- Emotionally intelligent: knows how to care for themselves, collaborate with others, use tools to regulate their emotions under stress, and approach difficult situations with others with empathy and compassion
- Strong project and time managers: has ability to adapt and persevere to deliver consistent and timely results to reach our goals
- Have a founder’s mindset: is a creative problem solver, enjoys building from the ground up
- Can complete physical demands of the role (including standing and walking for extended periods of time and lifting heavy objects up to 40lbs)
- Published, competitive salary schedule. All candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree. Higher salaries are awarded to those with Masters degrees or specialization (SPED, ESOL, Gifted, Reading Specialist).
- Compensation is based on 235-day calendar, which includes 25 days of paid holidays and 25 days of professional development.
- Competitively-priced medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, and life insurance.
- Contributions to the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) in accordance with Georgia state law, as well as an additional, optional 403(b) retirement account.
- A dedicated coach with a track record of success with students.
- A daily planning period and weekly student early release for teacher collaboration, student work analysis, and peer professional development.
- Materials needed to be successful in your classroom, including curricula for every subject (for Lead Teachers to adapt/improve), teacher/student supplies/laptops, etc.