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FAQ

If you're considering working at an independent school, you likely have a few questions about how our environment and compensation differs from public schools. Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions:

How much does professional development does Mulgrave offer teachers?

Each year, Mulgrave invests more than $250,000 in a wealth of professional development opportunities to support and inspire faculty and staff to be their best! Teachers can apply for workshops and conferences, locally and internationally, that support their career goals and teaching practices. Expand your professional knowledge and see the world!

Mulgrave also offers a programme whereby faculty may apply for financial support of their Masters in Education.

In addition, each year, faculty can apply for the Tony Allard Bursary. This bursary funds a summer experience for one teacher in their pursuit of international learning related to their subject area.

How do faculty and staff prepare for retirement?

Mulgrave offers an RRSP matching programme whereby the school matches up to eight percent of employee contributions. Last year, that amounted to more than $900,000. These funds offer employees the flexibility to build financial security for retirement and meet other long-term savings goals.

Are Mulgrave teachers on “Temporary, Term Contracts” only?

The majority of our faculty are on perpetual, permanent contracts. This is unlike many other international schools who employ their staff on two or three year term contracts.

How do Mulgrave salaries compare with public school districts?

Mulgrave’s salary grid is above those of local public school districts. We are also competitive in total compensation (salary plus benefits) and are committed to reviewing our grid on an annual basis.

Does Mulgrave have employee benefits?

Permanent employees at Mulgrave enjoy a extensive benefit package. 100% of premiums are paid by the school and cover the following:

  • An RRSP-matching programme (up to 8% of salary)
  • Professional and career development/training opportunities
  • Extended health and dental coverage
  • Short and long term disability insurance
  • Personal day
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Social events throughout the year
  • Complimentary coffee & tea
  • Fitness / weight room & trainer
  • Periodic chair massages

Do teachers have less vacation days at Mulgrave than at public schools?

No...although our academic calendar is slightly different. Teachers enjoy school breaks as follows:

  • 1 week in November
  • 3 weeks in December/January
  • 2 weeks in March
  • 1 week in May
  • 6.5 weeks in July & August

What is the teaching environment like at Mulgrave?

Mulgrave families have made the decision to invest in their children's education. We assess all applicants for readiness of our IB Programme, as well as for overall family fit with our philosophy and values. Our students are capable and motivated, and have the support of their families in their learning.

As a faculty, we strive to support one another and challenge each other to do our best. We have a team approach which is supported through weekly collaborative planning time, social events, and other interactions.

Teachers in our Pre-K programme and up to Grade 3 are paired with an Associate Teacher. Teachers in Grades 4-6 have one Associate Teacher per grade (three classes per grade). Associate Teachers provide added support in the classroom, and are keen learners themselves which offers experienced teachers a great opportunity to mentor.

Does Mulgrave provide teaching supplies?

Teachers have access to a plethora of supplies and resources, and state-of-the art facilities and technology. 

Do I need to have an IB-certificate to teach at Mulgrave?

While requirements vary from role to role, it may not be mandatory to have an IB certificate or prior experience teaching at an IB school. Please see specific job descriptions for more details.

Associate Teacher positions do not require an IB certificate. These roles are for newly-graduated teachers and we are happy to support professional development in this area.