Aspire Public Schools

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Aspire Public Schools Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
28 Reviews
3.2
28 Reviews
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  1.  

    Love the kids, not the staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great HR department, yearly professional development trainings

    Cons

    -Some great teachers, but they can't identify with the kids/population they're serving

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great organization with strong desire to make a difference in the education world.

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    Former Employee - Instructional Aide in Huntington Park, Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Instructional Aide in Huntington Park, Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    I thoroughly enjoyed the sense of community at this company. Everyone is passionate about what they do and strive to be the best in the industry. There's a passion that everyone shares to educate and ensure that their students receive the best education and environment that can be provided.

    Cons

    More responsibilities can be distributed to supporting staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Wonderful for low socioeconomic students, but not so great for teachers with children of their own.

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Terrific learning environment for single, or young, teachers who have not yet had children of his/her own. Very data driven which serves to really focus on students' needs. If you are lucky enough to be on a good team for your grade level span, you will truly learn what collaboration and teamwork means. Ideal environment for first year teachers who are willing to learn and give 150% every day! Work load has improved with the incorporation of computers in each classroom. The organization's motto and values put students first. Plenty of opportunities for growth and leadership if you can handle the additional duties and responsibilities and can take feedback well.

    Cons

    Work-life balance has been and continues to be an issue for most teachers. The higher up the ranks you go, the less, or so it seems, work you put in. These are positions OUT of the classroom. If a principal favors you, your life will be much easier and certain responsibilities will be overlooked. However, if you are on the other end, be prepared to be given negative feedback veiled in "concern" of your data and teacher evaluations. A bad principal can make every day a bad one, but that may be true at any school. Don't expect HR to be on your side either. If you are on a competitive team of teachers, they may NOT truly be collaborative and share since money was previously tied into performance. Teachers have consistently asked for more pay (it is supposed to be addressed/fixed this year). Health benefits are good. Awesome team leaders can make life so much easier, but bad leaders make you look incompetent while he/she shines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep asking for feedback from your teachers and continue with the open door policy so teachers can alert you directly of any principal/administration concerns without retaliation. Everyone at home office seems like they truly care about the mission of Aspire and all the sacrifices that teachers have made, but there is still a disconnect between home office and how the L.A. principals are running the schools. High turnover in L.A. Might be time to analyze why our teachers are leaving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Small non profit transitioning into larger corporate environment.

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    Current Employee - Home Office Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Home Office Employee in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, Intelligent hard working employees.

    Cons

    Its in a transition phase. Started out as a small non profit and is moving towards a large corporate feel. You have to wear many hats. Expected to work many hours. The home office is basically having to create policy's as they grow causing confusion and disorganization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Strong mission; troubling work culture

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

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Data-driven decision making; focused on instruction and student achievement; hardest working teachers you will ever meet; wonderful kids and families.

    Cons

    Strained, distrustful relationships between admin and teachers; extremely long work hours; minimum employee rights - employees were fired unfairly or put in such difficult situations that would lead to dismissal or resignations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on building strong working relationships; staff morale; and authentic team-building.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work - turnover frequent depending on the team

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    Mix of bright, passionate, intelligent people; solid compensation (particularly for cost of living in Oakland); excellent work/life balance

    Cons

    Disconnect between the Home Office and the rest of the schools (and possibly in between schools); vertical mobility is based on restructuring of teams or when others leave Aspire (often depends on luck as well as identifying opportunities on your own)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More diversity on the board and senior leadership team; involve more active educators in the process

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunity to do mission-driven work with really 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment, strong culture, admirable mission.

    Cons

    work can be frustratingly difficult, limited budgets to solve some problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focused on the mission and the culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Supportive, close-knit learning communities that welcome outsiders

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

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

    Pros

    -Good pay in comparison to other districts
    -Welcoming staff
    -Detailed lesson plans
    -Have supplies in classrooms
    -Behavior management plans were easy to follow
    -Friendly schools
    -Great sub pool system

    Cons

    -No benefits for Guest Teachers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lots of work, little pay

    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Aspire is doing great things for kids.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible and you are expected you to work longer hours than they will admit. Meetings are called with little notice and often run over. Excessive trainings and observations. If the pay was better this wouldn't be as much of an issue. Not a good place to work if you have a family.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not So Good

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    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

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