Aspire Public Schools

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Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. They really care about their teachers.

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools

    Pros

    Decent pay, great coaching and agency given to teachers.

    Cons

    There are the standard long hours associated with all teaching jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Home Office Staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Benefits are excellent and they make up for the slightly lower pay by increasing paid time off and better benefits.

    Cons

    It's becoming corporate very quickly and there is a fear that it will loose it's small business feel and employees will become expendable and less valued.

  3. Dedicated to college readiness for all students

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Opportunities to work with and learn from very dedicated, hard-working, and creative educators
    - flexibility in curriculum and schedules throughout the day
    - able to adjust instruction daily based on the needs of students
    - great families and students
    - access to great professional development
    - able to try out many different types of instructional approaches

    Cons

    - long work hours and lots of curriculum writing
    - often doing the job of a curriculum writer, teacher, and counselor all at once
    - always changing district expectations
    - lack of technology in many schools

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  5. Aspire Public Schools

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The people! Everyone I work with is dedicated to students first and foremost.
    - Innovation- there is openness to trying new ideas and seeing what works best to help students
    - Fits lifestyle- we have freedom to structure our work to fit our lifestyle and family needs

    Cons

    - It is a lot of work! (but rewarding)

  6. An incredible place to learn and grow with smart people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues are amazingly talented, very dynamic work environment with many opportunities to do new things, thoughtful processes for making change, great vacation policy

    Cons

    The work is challenging (not really a con, but something worth understanding), it takes a while to understand the rhythm and ways of being, there's always more to learn and know. Can be frustrating when you're new.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving in the same direction!

  7. Inspiring Place to Grow!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Fast-paced environment with passionate, capable, and supportive colleagues
    -Wonderful opportunities to grow. Supervisors encourage professional development, upward mobility in job responsibilities, and lateral opportunities into other positions in the organization
    -Recent developments in cultivating positive work environment. Teambuilding groups and activities, expanded holiday schedule with "no work" mandates allowing for greater enjoyment of time off
    -Great supports for principals and teachers: extensive training, career ladder opportunities, admin support
    -Good compensation and excellent benefits
    -Flexible scheduling for remote working

    Cons

    -Busy pace sometimes precludes considered approach to problem-solving
    -Historic expectation of availability to work/be available after hours and on weekends
    -Little support from Human Resources for Home Office (i.e. central admin) employees

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Huntington Park, Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Huntington Park, Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great team work, awesome kids, and great supportive staff.

    Cons

    School is pretty small and compact.
    Especially after school and before school for drop offs and pick ups.

  9. Like No Other

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    Current Employee - Teacher, High School in Stockton, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher, High School in Stockton, CA

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -it is all about getting kids to and through college
    -no question that the mission is the full focus organizationally
    -strong focus on teacher retention and compensation
    -organizational shifts occur when they are needed and very quickly
    -very responsive upper eachelon in management
    -excellent benefits

    Cons

    -very high expectations can be stressful
    -work/life balance is difficult

    Advice to Management

    Keep working with teachers to make them feel not only valued but cared for, that is how we will retain the best teachers.

  10. I love working at Aspire!

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    Current Employee - Director Role
    Current Employee - Director Role

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Aspire is great place to work. The work is driven by a strong sense of mission, which aligns to my own, and the workplace culture is wonderful. I respect and trust my colleagues, and I know that they will support me and challenge me. I also feel like I can do the same for them. My boss is focused on employee development, and help challenge me, while still ensuring I feel supported. The organization values people who ask questions, push back, and are also highly competent. It makes for a great team culture.

    Cons

    I think it can be easy to worry about letting people down, because there is a strong culture of effectiveness.

  11. Aspire leads the pack in 21st Century Education.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    +Aspire develops it's people.
    +Aspire is professional and highly stable.
    +Aspire offers many opportunities to get involved in all aspects of education.
    +Aspire has highly motivated and highly caring teammates.
    +Aspire is very rigorous in it's approach to educate students in under served communities.
    +Great benefits.

    Cons

    -Work - life balance is a struggle.
    -Aspire needs a more competitive salary structure.

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