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Helpful (9)

Looks can be deceiving

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

The children. Most coworkers. The mission.

Cons

Incredibly long work hours - 70-80 work weeks, and they will make you feel that you do not work hard enough. Cronyism will get you promoted or held back - there is little room for dissent or alternatives. Children who don't fit the mould have a very difficult time. Concern is for test scores rather than what the children may actually need most.

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  1. Helpful (8)

    Good way to learn and take your experience to a school you feel passionate about

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher
    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    AF is obtaining significantly higher test scores (than their public school counterparts) with historically underserved populations of students. In order to do so, they employ many hard working dedicated teachers and have great systems in place to assess and track student achievement. This makes working there rewarding if you are an educator who has been discouraged working in schools where some colleagues were not as dedicated and hard working as they should be when responsible for the futures of young people. The standards are high for most teachers and students. Professional development is well-planned and usually more relevant than regular public school systems. A teacher can learn a lot spending a year at AF, then taking what they have learned back to a school or district that really needs help.

    Cons

    The high standards are overlooked for some individuals who have learned to work the system through such means as befriending supervisors and showboating. The pressure is high as teachers need to work long hours reinventing the wheel. The culture among employees is tough-too much fist pumping and doing chants and skits and stuff. Not enough time addressing student needs and interests. Some schools require students to remain in same seat all day to control chaos. Too many students spending time in detention due to ineffective discipline systems. Disturbing lack of attention to students with special needs.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with teachers that are clear and effective. Use your data to guide you. Improve parent communication. You will have more competition soon as more charters spring up and copy you. Public school districts will also figure out a better way and your parents will have better choices.


  2. Great place to teach and learn

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    I thoroughly enjoy my work at AF and would recommend it to others.

    Cons

    The work is demanding if you have a family.

    Advice to Management

    None


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