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NHA is a great company, dedicated to educating children.

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Current Employee - Office Administrator in Canton, MI
Current Employee - Office Administrator in Canton, MI

I have been working at National Heritage Academies full-time (More than 5 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Very stable company to work for.

Cons

I wish the pay was more competitive.

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  1. NHA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies full-time (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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    Priorities all wrong

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Heritage Academies full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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