Achievement First
2.7 of 5 27 reviews
www.achievementfirst.org New Haven, CT 500 to 999 Employees

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7 people found this helpful  

Not for the experienced teacher

Teacher (Former Employee)

ProsClear and progressive model for teacher evaluation, small class sizes, adequate resources, stong data systems, lot of professional development.

ConsNever ending demands with little regard for personal obligations, high turnover of staff due to burnout and dissatisfaction, unclear job expectations, exclusive literacy focus leaves other subjects neglected, unyielding carrot and stick discipline system.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate an environment that encourages teachers to be thoughtful practicioners rather than carry out scripts created by someone else. Put teachers in leadership positions who have proven track records of success rather than those who will jump through hoops but still need to do a lot of work in their classroom (or who do not work in the classroom at all). Be more clear about your job expectations and give people less to do with a higher emphasis on quality and follow through.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    7 people found this helpful  

    Looks can be deceiving

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Achievement First


    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… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Good way to learn and take your experience to a school you feel passionate about

    Classroom Teacher (Former Employee)

    I worked at Achievement First


    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… 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… Advice to Senior Management: Stick with teachers that are clear and effective. Use your data to guide you. Improve parent communication. You will have more competition… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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