Mastery Charter School

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Make sure you are completely aligned to their model and are a worker who enjoys being told exactly what to do.

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

I worked at Mastery Charter School

Pros

Clear data in terms of your student performance. Clarity regarding exactly what will be on the formative tests. All Mastery get-togethers. Great if you are a new teacher with a ton of time to commit and want to improve your basic instructional techniques.

Cons

Mastery is still expanding at a fast pace leaving little time to take seriously any innovation in regards to figuring out how to make their schools sustainable places of employment for adults who have families or want a dynamic life outside of their work days. Fast expansion also means that central leadership message becomes one of command and control rather than inquiry. Quick success seems to have created pressure NOT to change anything right now. If innovation is part of your motivation, then now is not the right time to work here.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop expanding and start breaking new ground for making your schools places where teachers can work for a lifetime. Otherwise, you risk becoming another white-collar sweatshop that hires cheap young labor and burns them out, but has an effective training model in place to compensate by hiring new ones. Such a focus will also mean you are able to innovate beyond the basics delivered by direct instruction and instead add an additional model to the teaching approach that takes students to a level of critical thinking, reflection, and self-management.

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    Good Benefits - Easy Burnout

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mastery Charter School full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is good
    Benefits = good (good dental, medical, etc)
    PD = great
    Resources = great (esp for reading/writing/math/core teachers...social studies not so great)
    Good days off
    3.0 is a good shift
    Most teachers/employees really care about kids (too much work otherwise)

    Cons

    Very difficult to have a work life balance - especially being married or having kids - organization is more suitable for single, young teachers
    Very little diversity in management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously consider work life balance. Make teachers/leaders take time off if theyre sick. Grit only goes too far. Look at the health of your employees. Consider more "fun" days for staff, events outside of work - eg celebrations, parties, happy hours, games, etc. I've seen leaders "grow older" in the past 2 years I've been at Mastery - they're really stressed out with all of these changes and it's affecting the teachers they manage.

    Great place to work but no one can sustain this. Try giving a REALLY anonymous survey about work life balance - it won't be so pretty.

    I still give it a 4.0 because it beats SDP anyway.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to work and grow professionally

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mastery Charter School

    Pros

    Great training and development as a teacher and professional. The organization matches your retirement contributions dollar for dollar up to 5% of your salary.

    Cons

    Teachers have little flexibility with curriculum and schedule.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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