Aspire Public Schools

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Aspire Public Schools Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not So Good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You can teach kids Thats cool

    Cons

    No union. Lousy Pay. More interested in ed reform than protecting teachers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Charter charter schools have lost their original intent!

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    Former Employee - Spanish Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Spanish Teacher in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The Mission statement is amazing! Great culture, lots of staff development. The teachers are committed to their task of educating children!

    Cons

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Charter schools were started in order to give local students, parents ,teachers, and administrators freedom to implement programs that work. Aspire is run like a corporation at centralized offices. The local freedom is gone. New ideas are welcome as long as the are consistent with Aspire philosophy. APS serves mostly students of color yet it has no English Development program and no language maintenance program like Spanish for Spanish speakers. Does this make sense in a school that has over 60% Latinos and 24% English learners? Language minority students unique academic needs are not met, fluent Spanish speakers are routinely placed in monolingual Spanish classes where they are bored and learn nothing. The education at APS is subtractive: It does nothing to use the resources that Latino students and their parents bring to school, it does not validate their language, history of culture! In the school I worked at we could not get 5 kids in order to field a boys basketball team! It is hard to field any team at some of the schools due to massive failure!
    Aspire Pubic Schools began with some change, but quickly turned into its own brand of district/corporation which abandoned the principles of local control and independence for students, parents, teachers and administrators- to say nothing about the 60-70 hours teachers at APS are required to put in every week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay teachers more and you will retain more of them. Upgrade facilities. Hire teachers and administers who look like the kids. The entire administration needs to learn cultural proficiency, implement English Learner's Programs and Spanish for Native Speakers programs.You need to buy enough materials. You need to offer culturally relevant courses like history, English and music programs which will validate the history, language and culture of your stakeholders. Contact me if you want real change, innovation and cultural relevance!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Absolutely no work-personal life balance!

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    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They care about helping kids achieve and get to college. They have professional development (although way too much) to help teachers get better.

    Cons

    There is no balance between work and personal life. My nights and weekends are spent lesson planning. Everything (and I mean everything) must be made from scratch. There are no textbooks or resources to use to create lessons, worksheets, or workstations. There is constant testing (a different test every week) that feels like it never ends. The school I am at has lacked an effective principal and school-wide behavioral system, and as a result kids are extremely disrespectful and defiant toward many of the teachers. Aspire offers a "teacher resource portal" online to "help" with lesson plan ideas, however there is almost nothing in it and I don't know any teachers who use it. Low salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your teachers more practical resources to help planning, stop having so many PDs during the week, and pay teachers what they're worth (70+ hr workweeks)!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Work-Life Balance

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools

    Pros

    -Helpful and collaborative co-coworkers.
    -Informative professional development (sometimes too much)
    -Opportunity to improve student academic performance

    Cons

    -Long hours (12 hours + per day)
    -100% teach to the test
    -Time after school and weekends mostly devoted to lesson planning
    -Create all curriculum from scratch (good at times, but unnecessary)
    -Low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less hours for teachers.
    Trust teachers more.
    Increase pay.
    Allow for more flexibility in teaching style and student assessment.

    Doesn't Recommend

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