Altus Academy is a private, independent, not-for-profit, middle school (3rd-8th grade) that
provides a high quality college preparatory education. We serve underrepresented populations,
including students from historical minority groups, low-income, and first-generation college
graduate households.
Altus Academy opened its doors in August 2013 with one mixed-level class of 16 students.We continue to add students and classes as we grow.

The teaching environment at Altus Academy
● Altus Academy is committed to small class sizes (14­-16 students)
● Altus Academy is committed to the mixed ­level classroom model to enhance differentiation
and individualized learning.
● Altus Academy offers one to ­one technology in every classroom, as well as, other
technology resources for educators.
● In partnership with Northern Illinois University, educators are professionally supported in
curriculum design and instructional methods.
● As an independent school, Altus Academy offers the opportunity for creativity and
innovation to develop a powerful learning model from the ground up.
Characteristics and Qualifications
Educators will have a proven track record of motivating students to achieve while demonstrating
knowledge of and adherence to promote the following:
● The Altus Academy mission/vision and a respect for Roman Catholic Social Thought. While
not a Catholic school, everything we do at Altus Academy is consistent with the Social
Doctrine of the Catholic Church with an emphasis on fostering Christian morality.
● Principles, theories, methods, techniques, and strategies pertaining to teaching and instruction
of middle school level students, as well as designing curriculum, assessments, instructional
goals and objectives;
● Young adolescent development—intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and moral;
● Middle school educational trends and research findings pertaining to comprehensive middle
school programming and project ­based learning.
● Behavior management and behavior shaping strategies, techniques and methods, and conflict
resolution procedures;
● Middle level organization: programs and practices such as interdisciplinary teaming,
advisory programs, flexible block schedules, year ­round calendar, and professional learning
communities;
● Diverse ethnic, race, language, religion, socioeconomic status, regional or geographical
origin, and those with exceptional learning needs;
● Depth and breadth of subject matter content knowledge in the subject(s) they teach.
● Family Systems Theory and parent capacity building via workshops, one ­on ­one coaching,
open lines of communication, and home visits.
Email resume and letter of interest to
Email resume, sample lesson plan, and letter of interest to;
John Heybach, President and Principal

john.heybach@altusacademy.org