POSITION OPENING at The Forest School:

Founding High School Guide (full time)

To begin Summer / Fall 2019.

Diverse candidates strongly encouraged to apply


Do you want to reimagine high school, and empower young people to change the world?

If your goal is to instill your love of learning in others while advancing your own professional growth, this is your chance to get in on the ground floor of one of the world’s most innovative high schools.

The Forest School: An Acton Academy—at Pinewood Forest in Fayetteville, Georgia—is a one-room schoolhouse for the 21st century with innovative elements such as Quest-like projects with real world application, Socratic discussions, apprenticeships, and the Hero’s Journey in a student-centered, multi-age Studio.

The Forest School opened Fall 2018 with grades 1 through 9 (ages 6-14). We will launch our high school, “Launchpad” (grades 9-12 // ages 14-18), in Fall 2019. and are searching for a full time High School Guide to begin August 2019. Read more about our high school here.

The Guide’s main role will be to move learners on a Hero's Journey to understand and develop their most precious gifts, to help them discover their deepest passions, and to inspire learners to use their gifts and passions to serve others in a meaningful way. Prior to August 2019, our incoming High School Guide will work remotely as a contractor to learn the role of Forest School Guide through our Onboarding Guide Quest. Once school begins, the High School Guide will work five days a week, spending time in the Studio (classroom) and as well as planning, documenting, communicating with The Forest School team, and performing administrative tasks.

Thanks to partnerships with Mastery Transcript Consortium, Transcend, HundrEd, and Mentor Georgia, The Forest School high school will operate at the bleeding edge of what it means to reimagine high school. Our High School Guide will play a critical role in revolutionizing the traditional high school transcript and ultimately transforming the handshake between high schools and colleges and between high schools and employers.

We believe…

  • each child is a genius who can change the world,

  • self-directed learners with strong character will be the next generation of leaders, and

  • our Forest School learners will go on to change the world in a profound way.


HIGH SCHOOL GUIDE Position Description: 

The Guide will work with the Elementary Guides, Middle School Guide, and the co-founders to:

  • Facilitate a truly customized education for each high school learner in the high school Studio.

  • Co-design with learners and their families a 4-year learning experience for each high schooler that, when completed, positions them to make the strongest case for their desired next steps in life—be it going to college, starting their own business or nonprofit, beginning their career in an entry level or beyond entry level position, taking a gap year, or joining the military.

  • Affirm students, holding them accountable to their promises and to their commitment to deliver “the best work they can do” as they discover and pursue a calling on a Hero’s Journey.

  • Read and translate a transcript from any school and build off of that transcript to design recommendations for next steps for high school coursework.

  • Create meaningful exhibitions, ceremonies, and celebrations that reinforce the rules of engagement, personal and group covenants to provide and strengthen a safe learning community.

  • Design real world, transdisciplinary, self-directed projects for high school aged learners.

  • Act as a role model as an independent learner on a Hero’s Journey.

  • Launch and lead Socratic discussions.

  • Create and launch Quests (real world projects), including developing daily challenges, introducing processes and templates, and curating world class examples.

  • Supply Studio environment and set up Studio as inspiration for learning.

  • Incorporate materials and lessons into ‘core skills’ work time. Observe and track each child’s progress via a cutting edge online dashboard.

  • Encourage young heroes to track their progress and create portfolios to show parents, peers, and apprenticeship employers what they can do.

  • Uphold promises to students, parents, and fellow Guides made in relational covenants.

  • Pass along each of these responsibilities to students as quickly as possible, so as to allow students to lead themselves.

  • Communicate with parents.

  • Guide learners and their parents/caregivers to navigate the college admissions and application process.

  • Design high school courses, and design a process for high school learners to propose and pursue their own courses of study.

  • Redesign the traditional high school transcript to align with the Forest School’s four pillars: Learning to Do, Learning to Be, Learning to Learn, and Learning to Live Together.

  • Guide learners to mediate conflict among themselves.

  • Champion The Forest School approach and gain favor among among colleges, universities, and employers.

  • Forge ongoing community partnerships with professionals and organizations for real world problem solving projects, apprenticeships, and visits from experts.

  • Eliminate as many administrative tasks as possible, transferring well defined processes to learners, often using our online platform Journey Tracker.

The Guide also will get to know senior leadership members at both Pinewood Forest and Pinewood Atlanta Studios to stay aware of industry trends, events, and partnership opportunities.


  • Adaptability.

  • Innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Self-directed, self-motivated learner.

  • Ability to build and maintain a strong culture of self-directed learning.

  • Strong relationship building skills with children ages 14-18, parents, college admissions officers, community leaders, and employers, plus the ability to persuade these stakeholders about the efficacy of The Forest School model.

  • Ability to create and guide high schoolers to undertake transdisciplinary, experiential, real-world projects.

  • Expertise in design thinking processes and facilitation.

  • A deep curiosity about life and love of lifelong learning.

  • Customer service and user-centered orientation with the ability to give and receive feedback, meet needs, and get a positive response.

  • Proven excellence in written and oral communication skills.

  • Evident passion for being on a Hero’s Journey.

  • Proficient quantitative reasoning skills to look at learner growth data to inform next steps.

  • Training in college admissions, Montessori, Reggio, Waldorf, or unschooling models is helpful but not required.

This is a position for an independent learner who: can work with little direct guidance; likes to collaborate, experiment, evaluate and continually improve; has a deep respect for all children believing that each human has genius within; and is a flexible problem-solver.

It is essential that this person can learn fast, loves to work hard, and is an active reader and writer.

The position will begin August 2019. School will begin mid August 2019 and is an 11-month program. We run on 4-7 week Sessions with 1-2 week breaks in between Sessions. Guides will report full time one week before school starts. The Guide will be expected to work five days a week. We will be closed for six and one-half weeks in the summer—the last weeks of June, the month of July, and early August.

In anticipation of our opening in August 2019, the Apprentice Guide will work through the summer to learn the Acton model, prepare the Studio environment, and perform other administrative tasks.


The Forest School Non-Discrimination Policy

The Forest School admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The Forest School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other School-administered programs.