National Heritage Academies

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at National Heritage Academies full-time for more than a year

Pros

People are very friendly and welcoming.

Cons

The compensation is low. The salaries are not competitive compared to the public schools.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Priorities all wrong

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Heritage Academies full-time

    Pros

    Very structured, organized, agenda after agenda, meeting minute after meeting minute. Lots of teaching materials and resources. At my particular school, fantastic parent involvement and student population. Parents were very grateful for all the hard work coming from the teachers and overall, very satisfied.

    Cons

    I'm all for high expectations, student achievement and rigorous academics. However, NHA and this school in particular see students as a meer number on a piece of paper. Green, yellow or red--based on their standardized test score performance. Way too much emphasis is placed and directed toward the quality of teachers based on a computerized, standard test. At the end of the day, yes--we all want our students and children to learn and grow. We want them to succeed and do well and be at the top of their class. However, they are a person- not a product, not a number. Admin was overall cold and not compassionate. Teachers were expected to do ridiculous amounts of work that had nothing to do with teaching and learning. NHA strives for excellence, and they pride themselves on running like a 'company'- a large charter school organization that they are- yet they do not want to compensate or reward their employees for a job well done. They know where every cent goes (a good thing in school management) however are not willing to invest the money in teachers that will stay for a long time and make a difference. High teacher turnover. Every second of every day for a teacher was taken up, and planned months in advance for them. There was no trust in their teaching ability, or flexibility for them to be creative educators. Admin was like a dictatorship-employees did not feel heard or even allowed to speak their opinion in fear they may lose their job or make the school 'look bad.' Employees felt as though they needed to re-word their true feelings and felt manipulated. Kids could not be kids. Not enough time to eat lunch or for a brain break. Kindergartners were asked to take home 'valentine' bags to make for homework because it was not related to a core academic subject area. They want their teachers to be seen (before school hours, during, after school) working their behinds off, but not heard. Teachers felt unsupported and burnt out. So many terrific, superb teaching abilities and teachers there- it is sad that they won't be there for long if the school keeps running in the direction it has been. Kids are kids- which will be (we hope) compassionate, loving, hard working, intelligent adults. NHA wants robots who all think the same, obey every rule and not step out of any boundary or box. They are not trying to help mold a creative adult, but rather a high SAT score.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Friendly, but fake. Many of the parents and staff thought of them as very cold. They were looking out for the best interest of the company and the best interest of the numbers on the paper (which made them look better), not their actual human workers who sacrificed day in and day out. It is helpful to have at least 1 or 2 managers/admin that have actual children.

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

    Plan to work excessive hours

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH

    I worked at National Heritage Academies full-time

    Pros

    The health insurance is awesome! Staff is given rewards(snacks,etc.) regularly. Small Class Sizes. Great teamwork and staff support, mentoring available

    Cons

    Short lunches, minimal lesson planning times, weekly observations with evaluations. Teachers are expected to stay late and babysit after school if their students are not picked up at dismissal (45 min. at times). Work at least 50 hours a week. New paperwork or educational fads to be followed every couple months. Excessive testing, too many meetings, no work days, staff is treated different

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate or have realistic expectations for staff, hire more staff for extra work, delegate professional duties appropriately, treat staff the same, longer lunch breaks, hold parents accountable for school involvement and picking up their kids on time, and stop using staff as a parental supplement for out of school life

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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