According to the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET), a child drops out of high school every nine seconds.
Ombudsman’s alternative education and dropout recovery programs help communities combat the staggering social and economic costs of high dropout rates. Since 1975, Ombudsman Educational Services has educated more than 155,000 at-risk students and students who have previously dropped out – and introduced them to all the opportunities a real high school diploma provides.
Ombudsman Educational Services provides alternative education programs for middle and high school students who have dropped out or who are at risk of dropping out of school. A flexible schedule with morning, afternoon, and in some cases, evening sessions means students don’t have to choose between life and school. Ombudsman offers academic, social and behavioral support so that students earn their high school diplomas and are prepared to make positive choices about the future.
Ombudsman utilizes a number of research-based curriculum resources to deliver its instructional model. Initial and ongoing teacher-led instruction is tailored to ensure each student earns the necessary credits to arrive at graduation in accordance with his or her success plan. Ombudsman’s rigorous and relevant academic programs are accredited by AdvancED and aligned to Common Core and state-specific standards.
Many public school districts partner with Ombudsman to provide alternative programs for credit recovery, dropout prevention and dropout recovery. Regardless of the reason they attend Ombudsman, 84 percent of Ombudsman students graduate, return to their district school closer to or at grade level, or complete the academic year at Ombudsman.
About Educational Services of America
Ombudsman Educational Services is a division of Educational Services of America (ESA), the nation’s leading provider of behavior therapy and alternative and special education programs for children and young adults. The company works with more than 13,500 clients and students each day across its three divisions. They are: Early Autism Project, Inc., which provides behavior therapy to children who have an autism spectrum or related disorder; Ombudsman Educational Services, which partners with more than 120 school districts to provide alternative education programs to students who have dropped out of school or are at risk of dropping out; and Spectrum Center Schools and Programs, which partners with more than 115 school districts to operate schools and programs for students who have educational and behavioral challenges. ESA is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.
Making a Difference
Ombudsman teachers have a special passion for working with students who are at risk. They love knowing they make a real difference in the lives of young people who may not otherwise graduate from high school. With a low student-instructor ratio, Ombudsman teachers help students remain focused, motivated and engaged in learning.
Our blended learning approach is differentiated and personalized, and includes enrichment, teacher-led instruction and small group collaboration. Because each education program is tailored to meet the specific needs of the student, Ombudsman instructors give every student focused attention.
Ombudsman teachers inspire and guide students to make good choices about their academic progress, their attendance and their behaviors. They receive the materials, supplies and administrative support they need to be effective educators. Our teachers know they make an impact. In 2012, 84 percent of Ombudsman students graduated, returned to their district school closer to or at grade level, or completed the academic year at Ombudsman.
Ombudsman teachers work for a dynamic company that provides a true career path, with opportunities to learn, grow and advance professionally to become learning center directors, operations managers overseeing multiple learning centers and assistant vice presidents with responsibility for multiple regions in a territory. In fact, ESA/Ombudsman’s chief operating officer began her career as a teacher in an Ombudsman learning center.
Quality of Life
Ombudsman teachers share responsibilities with a team in small learning communities. They are not required to supervise after-school clubs or other activities, and they have the opportunity to review assignments and evaluate student work during the day rather than at night, so their time is their own once the class day ends.
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I worked at Ombudsman Educational Services full-time (more than an year)Pros
Company values and approach to youth/students, very positive. Supervision and support was fair. Supervisors themselves were quality people- high energy, dedicated. Program was valuable to students.Cons
Advancement only possible if willing to travel extensively. Salary scale does not match extent of demands and responsibilities. Hours are long and not at all a "teacher's schedule."Advice to ManagementAdvice
Higher pay is badly needed.Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 1+ week – interviewed at Ombudsman Educational Services in August 2013.Interview Details
Received a call, set up an interview at their Roswell Location. I had to do a writing sample when I arrived. The rest of my interview went like any other interview for a teaching position at the school. Questions about my teaching experience and strategies were aplenty.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsThere was none, just a flat rate hourly offer.Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
- I did not expect to have to do a lengthy writing sample. Answer Question
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Ombudsman partners with more than 120 public school districts in 20 states to operate more than 130 schools and programs. Many public school districts partner with Ombudsman to provide alternative programs for dropout prevention and credit recovery. Regardless of the reason they attend Ombudsman, 84 percent of Ombudsman students graduate, return to their district school closer...
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