Working at Laurence

Laurence School, a Kindergarten through 6th Grade independent school founded by Marvin and Lynn Jacobson in 1953, has been a fixture in the San Fernando Valley for more than 65 years.

Our "Total Child" philosophy means that we provide a personal and well-rounded education to each student, ensuring his/her academic, social, emotional, and physical growth and development. And, with an enrollment of 300 students and a dedicated faculty and staff that is more than 80 members strong, Laurence is an excellent place to work.

People choose to work at Laurence School because it offers academic freedom and creativity and leadership opportunities; inspires and supports professional growth; and is an energetic, passionate, and supportive, inclusive community. Here, employees have the opportunity to thrive in a stimulating and diverse environment, where new ideas, opportunities, skills, and experiences are constantly being exchanged and shared.

Our teachers, administrators, and staff members receive competitive salaries and excellent benefits, including the option for HMO or PPO insurance and a 401(k) Plan, with matching levels based upon years of service. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other category prohibited by law.

Hiring decisions at Laurence School are based on applicants’ professional experience and promise; thier match with the core school values of culture, community, and diversity; and their commitment to grow in their practice. Teachers are additionally chosen based on their knowledge of best pedagogical and developmental practices. We generally seek teachers whose practice is student-centered and inquiry-based: teachers who are excellent communicators and collaborators, and who can serve as compassionate, engaged guides for students. 

The actual selection process includes interviews, school visits, reference checks, and sample teaching lessons or assignments if applicable. Interview committees generally include administrators and teachers. 

New staff members are welcomed to the school through a dedicated orientation, and often have the opportunity to spend time with the person they’re replacing in order to promote a smooth transition. New teachers have the additional support of our curriculum guide, and a community of experienced faculty members who are always happy to offer help and advice. In recruitment and hiring, Laurence School is committed to policies that will increase staff diversity, both to reflect the high value Laurence School places on cultural competency, and for the direct benefit of each student.

All staff participate in ongoing professional development on- and off-campus, attending workshops and conferences.Teachers hone their practice looking at current research, at their own instructional approach, and at student work.

Thank you for your interest in Laurence School. All job openings at Laurence School are posted on this website. Laurence School is committed to policies that will increase staff diversity, both to reflect the high value Laurence places on a multicultural understanding, and for the direct benefit of each student.

Open Positions*

Upper or Lower Elementary School Teacher

Laurence School is currently seeking an upper or lower elementary school teacher who is an energetic, creative and skillful educator, responsible for developing curriculum to enhance students’ skills and knowledge in various subjects and concepts, encourage students’ social/emotional skills and promote thoughtful student participation. 

Essential Job Responsibilities:
An elementary teacher at Laurence School is responsible for delivering curriculum to a classroom of students. Working within the faculty team, this instructor works to develop students’ understanding of both academic content while also fostering crucial social-emotional learning. The essential job responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Cultivate and model a respectful, safe, creative, and engaging classroom
  • Utilize best instructional practices, methods, materials and technology
  • Plan and implement appropriately challenging curriculum in both large and small groups.
  • Work collaboratively and communicate effectively.
  • Relate to and communicate well with all members of the school community.
  • Guide and develop students to become confident and successful in their classroom experience
  • Employ effective teaching methods and student management skills.
  • Communicate student progress with the administration and parents.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

  • 2-5 years’ experience with teaching/working with children in a school setting.
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential or Master’s Degree in education or related field
  • Able to pass state and federal background checks



*Individuals interested in employment at Laurence should send a cover letter and resume, as well as any additional documents requested in the position's job description, to jobs@laurenceschool.com.

Nondiscrimination Policy:

Laurence School is an equal opportunity employer. We continually strive to build an inclusive culture in our diverse community.

Laurence School prohibits discrimination against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, religion (including all aspects of religious beliefs, observance or practice, including religious dress or grooming practices), sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, pregnancy and breastfeeding), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status or registered domestic partner status, uniformed service member or veteran status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, or any other basis protected by law. The School will afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants as to all terms and conditions of employment, including, without limitation, compensation, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, discipline, and termination.