Lighthouse Academies

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Updated July 4, 2015
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  1. Awesome

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lighthouse Academies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Mission driven. Lots of support from superiors. Passion for serving kids.

    Cons

    Teacher pay is not so great.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. Good results, great coworkers, poor lifestyle

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at Lighthouse Academies full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The school has great results with a population of students that desperately need help. Coworkers are amazing, helpful and considerate. It is the norm to have a close friend on staff.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is non-existent, almost all white males in leadership from an alternative teaching mindset, few outside opinions are sought to improve school outcomes or culture.


  3. Leadership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Leader in Midwest, WY
    Former Employee - Leader in Midwest, WY

    I worked at Lighthouse Academies full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    College prep mission that is focused on closing any academic gaps.

    Cons

    Extremely demanding hours and work load. Corporate is far too removed to accurately support the schools.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce turn over


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  5. Teacher

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Lighthouse Academies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Staff culture was strong and teachers worked together. Some students made huge amounts of growth.

    Cons

    This is not a sustainable job. I worked from 7 am to 7pm everyday. Parents would call my cell phone at 9pm at night. Coworkers would meet on the weekends to plan. The reason that teachers needed to work this much is there was no set curriculum.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in stronger curriculum planning.


  6. A Job for teachers passionate about making a difference

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Apprentice Teacher in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Apprentice Teacher in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at Lighthouse Academies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The teachers really care about the students and building relationship with them. The staff is team and family oriented. The coordinators are great at getting coverage when taking days off. The staff is awesome and full of good surprises, they make it a great place to work where everyone feels needed and has the opportunity to really dive in get involved and become apart of the family.

    Cons

    Most of the students come from rough family backgrounds and inedibly bring some of those issues to school. If you are a teacher looking for a great place to make a difference this is the place. Change in these students lives is very possible and just take persistence and someone who truly cares about the students and their families.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work they do an awesome job at listening to staff and working to implement change


  7. Good experience but not sustainable unless you want to dedicated your life to your job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Elementary Classroom Teacher in East Chicago, IN
    Former Employee - Elementary Classroom Teacher in East Chicago, IN

    I worked at Lighthouse Academies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The support between staff members helps teachers get through rough situations.

    Cons

    Lack of curriculum and materials resulted in the teachers being extremely over worked.

    Advice to Management

    Negative behavior needs to be taken seriously. The children can sense that they can get away with any behavior at this school and they act accordingly.


  8. Elementary Teacher

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    Current Employee - K-4 Elementary School Teacher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - K-4 Elementary School Teacher in New York, NY

    I have been working at Lighthouse Academies (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Less work than other charter schools

    Cons

    Less resources than other charter schools

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees


  9. Administration

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Arkansas in Pine Bluff, AR
    Former Employee - Arkansas in Pine Bluff, AR

    I worked at Lighthouse Academies part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Easy to get experience with secondary education

    Cons

    Horrible culture and student needs did not come first. Inexperienced staff ... favortism


  10. Helpful (1)

    DO NOT WORK HERE

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Jacksonville, AR
    Current Employee - Teacher in Jacksonville, AR

    I have been working at Lighthouse Academies full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    small classes and that's about it

    Cons

    terrible administration, bad salary, over-work their teachers, students are allowed to run the place, so much more than I could ever write in this box


  11. Helpful (1)

    Horrible School with Equally Horrible School Leaders

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Bronx, NY

    I worked at Lighthouse Academies full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers!
    Half day on Wed's but mandatory PD

    Cons

    They have no curriculum for students, teacher is in charge of basically researching info and writing scripted lesson plans that are due every week - this process takes all of your time and weekends
    Summer vaca is nonexistent - mandatory summer PD training for new school year - all teachers is for a mth - so really only 4 weeks of summer vaca for overworked teachers.
    Work employees to the bone. Retaliated for taking time off for being sick or if there is a death in the family.
    Do not support Arts Infusion mission as stated in the mission for the school.
    Provide teachers with no money to help with supplies for classroom
    Lowest salaries for charters
    Benefits are not good
    Double standards - Principals show favoritism towards teachers.
    Just all around horrible environment

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees as you would want to be treated.
    Provide proper support for new teachers
    Hire experienced directors - not 27 yr old ego maniacs from Teach for America



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