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 grades 1-8. 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.
Town School for Boys is an independent all-boys’ day school in San Francisco for students in grades K-8. Students at Town School benefit from a supportive environment emphasizing academics and character education. At Town School, learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated.