Our goal is to provide every student committed to a juvenile facility with an educational program that maximizes his or her academic and personal success.
Youth development centers employ a full staff of teachers, guidance counselors, media coordinators and administrators. In addition, social workers and psychologists work closely with school personnel to provide appropriate services to students. Juvenile detention centers employ smaller numbers of teachers, who teach a full range of classes to students.
Classes are generally small, with fewer than 12 students in a class. Our schools are equipped with technology and online curriculum, as well as e-mail access for teachers. New teachers are provided with support teams and a mentor. All teachers receive a two-week orientation period prior to beginning teaching.
The school year is 220 days, and all teachers are employed for 12 months a year. Teachers are paid on the state teacher salary schedule according to their years of experience and earned degree, and receive a five percent supplement to the 12-month salary.
Teachers are entitled to all state holidays and may request vacation time at any time during the school year. School is closed approximately one week in December and one week in the summer. In addition, there are 17 optional teacher workdays throughout the year and 10 days for staff development activities.
The juvenile justice system also employs administrators at the state level. These positions generally require a master's degree in education. Employees at the state level work in the Raleigh office and travel extensively to provide support to the facilities.
Education Services positions require at least a bachelor's degree. Applicants are required to hold a license issued by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Visit www.ncpublicschools.org for information regarding the teacher licensing process.
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