FACES sponsors teachers in most subject areas including: Special Education, Foreign Languages, General Elementary, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, General Science, Art, Music and English Language Arts (Literature and Composition).
The South Carolina educational system is comprised of three stages of schools.
- Elementary (Primary) school, Kindergarten - 5th grade; ages 5-11
- Middle (Secondary) school, 6th grade - 8th grade; ages 12-14
- High (Secondary) school, 9th grade - 12th grade; ages 15-18
Elementary students usually stay in one classroom and are taught all or most subjects by their primary teacher. Middle and high school students change rooms and teachers for each subject. So, most Math, Science and Foreign Language positions are at the middle and high school levels.
Special education classes are available for children who have learning disabilities or need individualized attention. Usually, these children are pulled from their regular class for a few hours per week to attend a 'resource' class with a few other students which offers personal attention to the student. There are also 'self-contained' classrooms for students with more severe disabilities.
All students must take a Math and an English course every year of middle and high school. Foreign Language courses are most often taught at high school. College bound students must take at least two Foreign Language courses. It is common for a school to have only one Art or Music teacher for all students, which makes these subject areas very competitive. Physical Education is taught at all levels, but competition for positions is extremely high.
FACES has established excellent relationships with South Carolina 's school districts and they have come to trust that we will place only those teachers whom we are confident will be successful. We reserve the right to limit the number of teachers we place each year, in order to ensure the success of those teachers we choose to invite.
Positions and contracts are for a ten month school year. If the teacher, the host-district and FACES are in accord, this may be renewed for a second and third year. Teachers may return home in the summer or remain in the US . Many FACES teachers work at summer school during June and July, though this is purely at their own option.