Why Teach at Artemis Place Secondary?
Artemis Place is like no other school program in the province: we are a special education, independent school and run life skills and counselling programming as well as a young parent program with funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development. We have autonomy and flexibility as well as the ability to be responsive in our approach to meeting each student’s strengths, challenges and needs.
Our Society has been in operation since 1971, creating and running grassroots, alternative education opportunities for young women who weren’t able to experience success in the mainstream school system. In 2010, we opened our tuition-free independent school, and in 2014 we became a special education independent school. In 2016, we officially became trans-inclusive.
Our Mission, Vision and Values
Our mission is to provide holistic social and emotional support and high school education to young women and trans-youth in a nurturing community and to provide an enriched early childhood experience to infants and toddlers of young parents while modelling care-giving skills and supporting each student in their parenting.
Our vision is for students to experience educational success, find their voice, fulfill their potential and have the power to achieve their dreams.
Our values are compassion, power and respect.
Draw for Employees
Our team includes a progressive, interdisciplinary group of people who are committed, grounded and compassionate professionals. As our students most often face complex needs, this workplace is for individuals who are self-aware, have open hearts, positive mental health tools and strategies and work well in high-functioning teams. Many staff have worked at Artemis Place for many years and are also good friends.
The approach to decision-making is mostly by consensus and staff are encouraged to take ownership and autonomy in the program by integrating their own passions and interests. As role models, staff are respectful, patient, competent and manage conflict in open and kind ways. Humour is always appreciated.
The school enrolls around 50 students offering a cohesive and safe community for our students.
Why you’ll love it here
The Artemis Place team is a terrific group of individuals who are supportive, fun and hard working. There are ongoing professional development opportunities and funding, competitive non-unionized compensation and benefits, and the ability to be creative in designing programming for students who have faced an unfair amount of challenges. Artemis Place encourages stringent professional and personal boundaries so work can be left at work.
All staff at Artemis Place work hourly and no work is to be taken home after hours; all marking and reporting is done on-site during work hours, and there are no expectations for extra-curricular commitments. This is a component of our commitment to staff wellness.
Community & School Culture
Our school receives funding from both the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Youth and Family Counsellors facilitate a case management practice in caseloads of 1:16. The program’s philosophy is grounded in feminist and attachment-based theory, trauma-informed practice, and the desire to create an intentional community and provide holistic and wraparound supports.
Our first priorities are safety, relationship and community-building to create an environment where students who have resisted traditional school systems can thrive. All students are on IEPs and work self-paced through curriculum. Wellness and life skills are integrated throughout the curriculum, and enrichment opportunities are offered in areas such as the arts, outdoor education and gardening.
Artemis Place is located in Saanich near the borders of Oak Bay and Victoria. Easily accessible by bus and biking routes, we are in a residential neighbourhood that is one block from Camosun College and three blocks from Hillside Mall.
Lifestyle and Recreational Opportunities
Greater Victoria is a beautiful and livable city with great culture and activities. Nature abounds with parks and beaches in all directions. The weather is temperate, and the people are friendly.
Vancouver Island has dozens of nearby communities that are fun to visit, as well as provincial parks for camping and hiking and small Gulf Islands that are just a short ferry ride away. The City of Victoria offers many cultural and recreational opportunities, including theatre performances, art galleries, sports clubs, recreation centres, movies, restaurants and much more.
Victoria is family-friendly and a great city to live in
Victoria is a medium-sized city with a slower pace than larger urban centres, yet offers plenty of great activities and opportunities for individuals and families with children.
Salary and Benefits
Total compensation packages range from $63,000 to $71,000. Benefits include 100% paid Medical Services Plan benefits and extended health/dental benefit premiums, no union dues, 10-month contracts with a possible additional contract in July, three weeks paid vacation at winter and spring break, two paid personal days and family responsibility days for children, five paid sick days and RSP membership after one year, with the employee’s contribution doubled by the employer.
Professional development allowance
The current professional development allowance is $300/year per individual, with some possible extra funding depending on the budget year. We also offer group professional development opportunities.
Join us and work for an amazing organization and be part of a terrific team inspiring students, young parents and their babies and toddlers.
Teachers should apply to work at Artemis if they are looking for meaningful work and if they are specifically interested in working in an alternative setting with “at-risk” students, primarily designated because of mental health challenges. Teachers should want to offer students flexible, accommodating and creative curriculum to meet each student’s unique needs.
Please describe in your cover letter why are you a good fit for our organization.