Camelot For Kids

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Camelot For Kids Reviews

Updated January 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2015
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Love the job!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Camelot For Kids

    Pros

    Great hours, and great teachers . I've seen students do great things based in the Camelot model. They have some of the best speech and OT teachers around.

    Cons

    Leadership is horrible. They try to talk down to you. They pay could be better considering what they make per child out of district.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to effectively communicate with your staff

  2.  

    Despicable and Dishonest

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Camelot For Kids full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some incredible teachers who are severely overshadowed by the dishonesty and moneymaking schemes of the people in charge.

    Cons

    Camelot is a for-profit operation focused on improving results in school districts at whatever cost. This is a business, not a school. Students are manhandled; teachers are overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    I work for Camelot for Kids

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Camelot For Kids

    Pros

    The children even though have issues are the best. Great staff in all schools who have a commitment for youth.

    Cons

    - Management is a joke. You must be within the "old boys club", in order to advance with this company.
    - Technology in the schools and classrooms are non existent.
    - Salaries are not competitive
    - Lack of teacher support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop having NON-EDUCATORS make educational decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Camelot for Kids...I mean themselves

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Camelot For Kids full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Regardless of whether one is working in a Transitional School, Accelerated School or a Therapeutic Day School, you are a difference maker in the lives of children. However, that should be the pro for any job that is educational in nature. There are some fantastic people that work throughout all of their programs; however, that reflects the individuals and not the company.
    For the record, Camelot for Kids is now Camelot Education, Inc.

    Cons

    There is favoritism towards specific programs and specific individuals. Shuffling of people and positions is commonplace and does not account for rapport or relationships built between staff and students. Ethically speaking, the actions educators and educational staff must make due to the bullish nature of behavioral staff that are very limited in their own educational experiences is maddening. If a person closed their eyes, they would be hard pressed to identify a student from staff based on how staff speak to children.

    The use of J.F.F (Jobs for the Future) is a tremendous program used by a charter school based out of Boston. They get to pick the students they bring in and have theses students for a bulk of their academic lives. Camelot inherits students that are four and five (sometimes more) years behind their counterparts in Math and English. Using a system predicated on students that have been taught how to learn with students that have not taken an interest in their education is a futile exercise in redundancy.

    Resources are very much a reflection of the below average salaries that are paid to educators. Technology in the buildings, let alone in the classroom is a joke. However, part of the metrics for assessing teacher efficacy is based on technology used. When a teacher has to argue that making copies and using an overhead projector is "using technology," then perhaps it is time to reevaluate the idea of technology. Camelot has no problem paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for data management, but they are hard pressed in providing sufficient training for said system. (The idea that a company that exists coast to coast has one person on staff that facilitates questions and concerns on their system is proof that Camelot expects its employees to not only wear multiple hats, they are expected to do it regardless of how unsure or untrained individuals may be.

    Salaries: Teacher salaries are not structured and it is not uncommon for one teacher hired at the same time to make thousands of dollars less. If you are big, played football and don't mind manhandling kids and young adults, you will flourish with Camelot. Start out as a computer teacher and you can be an executive director in only a few short years.

    Handle with Care/ESI: The system works and it is effective. However, forearm shivers, bending fingers, leg sweeps and slamming kids is not part of Handle with Care/ESI.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Leave education to those that have degrees and experience in education.
    2) Pick an insurance and stick with it. The incessant changing of insurance which is outlandish considering the size of the company is unacceptable. P.S. Don't send your CEO to schools and have him try to commiserate with staff that are underpaid.
    3) If you want to see real results, break up the "Good Ol' Boys" network. No one wants to hear about the glory days at Glenn Mills and how you used to beat kids up. It sends the wrong message to those that got into education to help children, not hurt them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    not a bad place to work while at school

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in DeKalb, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in DeKalb, IL

    I worked at Camelot For Kids full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    time off, co workers, kids

    Cons

    pay, job title means nothing and changed offten

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    School Districts and Parents are being misled.

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    Former Employee - Vocational Coordinator in Hoffman, IL
    Former Employee - Vocational Coordinator in Hoffman, IL

    I worked at Camelot For Kids full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The days off following a regular ed school schedule.

    Cons

    I worked at this company for over four years, in that time I saw so many unethical things being done. No raises in four years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to really get into the schools and see what is going on, interview employees one on one to hear complaints instead of listening to administration who hear complaints mostly about themselves and how they are running the school and it never goes any higher. There are many unethical things going on as far as students are treated and mishandeling of their meds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    I love the school environment the kids are great!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Camelot For Kids full-time

    Pros

    The kids, the company values, the employees are great.

    Cons

    Low pay, lack of professionalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To avoid high turn over consider raising your salaries and benefits!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Passionate staff with poor leadership/communication from corporate.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Camelot For Kids

    Pros

    passionate staff, great hours, experiences

    Cons

    salary, benefits, communicatoin, no advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    retain/recruit best talent by increasing pay/benefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not as things appear.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Reading, PA

    I have been working at Camelot For Kids full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Higher initial salary than competitors, school summers off

    Cons

    Unsafe working with violent youth, severely understaffed, lack of administrative oversight, worker voices are not heard, high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. Protect your assets- your employees! They need more support on the front lines, while you sit in your offices and put your feet up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's about the bottom line

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    Current Employee - Educator in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Educator in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Camelot For Kids full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will get the opportunity to work with committed folks that care about education. If you believe in taking care of students that have relatively little support in their lives, this is the company to work for.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there are too many to list. Class size, Management commitment to growth of student, not just the company, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't get me started...Management is precisely what is wrong with this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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