Great Hearts Academies

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Great Hearts Academies Reviews

Updated July 15, 2014
Updated July 15, 2014
6 Reviews
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6 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Changing Education in Arizona and Beyond

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher
    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher

    I have been working at Great Hearts Academies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent, very well-educated faculty

    Pioneering curriculum

    Ability to teach without a state certification

    Strong interest in the continued intellectual development of faculty

    Excellent benefits package

    New schools opening each year; room for quick advancement

    Cons

    Low Pay (they are working to increase it) means that turnover at some schools is high

    Little established curricula for grades K-5

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps consider the salaries and retention of current employees as a priority over expansion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Teacher

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Great Hearts Academies full-time

    Pros

    Very invested community--supportive parents, eager students. Math program is excellent and very hands-on. Teachers are not expected to "teach to the test"

    Cons

    Low pay, underdeveloped curriculum, professional development does not fit the needs of the teachers in the lower schools

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current model does not make sense…hire people who are interested in pursuing a teaching career in the longterm! Most of the new hires only want a 'job' after college and will not have time to develop themselves as teachers. Many also see teaching simply as a way to share their obsessive interest in _____ (history, Shakespeare, physics, etc.), while ignoring their true purpose in the classroom. This doesn't necessarily translate into teaching 4th graders.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Teacher

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Great Hearts Academies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fulfilling, good facilities, support from families, great coworkers, cohesive program for students

    Cons

    Many employees in higher up positions are conservative and Christian/Catholic, and their personal beliefs often negatively influence the way they run the school, who they hire/fire, who they invite to speak at our schools, and the way they communicate the goals and character of true Liberal Arts education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is highly crucial for an educational institution to focus on teaching, and not on using liberal arts as a cloak for Catholic teachings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Positive environment with high expectations and room for professional growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Great Hearts Academies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Level of professionalism among co-workers. Committed support staff. Excellent education for students. Good working atmosphere. Opportunities for growth both personally and professionally.

    Cons

    Not very competitive pay. Dealing with parents can be cumbersome. Large classroom size.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    classical studies

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Teacher in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Teacher in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at Great Hearts Academies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    a very high achieving group of students

    Cons

    nothing in particular when it comes to workplace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very stressful and full of false pretenses.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Great Hearts Academies

    Pros

    Good benefits, but that is all.

    Cons

    They claim to have high moral standards and teach the students virtuous traits, yet I did not find the people in charge to have these characteristics. I was not supported in my dealings with the parents. There were several procedures and rules that were supposed to be in place when school started, but when they were difficult to implement (as new rules can be) these procedures were thrown out and there was lots of confusion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the teachers the support they deserve. If you want the teachers to support the vision of the school, you need to first support them. Practice the moral standards you teach to the students. Otherwise everything you do is empty and hollow.

    Doesn't Recommend

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