New Teacher Institute

NTI Overview

New Teacher Institute

In 1990, Town School launched the New Teacher Institute, a two-year training program that combines both theoretical and practical aspects of classroom teaching.

Each year there are 15 interns on a two-year rotation. In the Lower School (kindergarten through fourth grade), there is an intern and a head teacher in each self-contained classroom. The Upper School is compartmentalized, with interns working in humanities and science. The art intern works in both Lower School and Upper School. New Teacher Institute interns are chosen from a large and competitive pool of applicants from around the country.

During the program the interns gain experience over two different grade levels, with two different head teachers. The only exception is the art intern who works with the same head teachers as a department for both years. With this constant opportunity for immediate feedback between the intern and head teacher, the returns are enormous for the boys, the interns and the head teachers, all of whom benefit from the mutually rich relationships fostered at Town. During the 201​6​-17 school year, the New Teacher Institute celebrate​s​ its twenty-​seventh year at Town School​. There have been 1​73​ men and women ​who ​have completed ​the ​two years of teacher training. Many have gone on to hold a number of teaching and administrative jobs in the field of education.

For more information or to apply to our program, please visit our program and application pages. Contact the Director of the New Teacher Institute, Jennifer Liu, at 415-746-1163 or, with any questions.

New Teacher Institute Overview