National Heritage Academies

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National Heritage Academies Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
46 Reviews
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    Teacher

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Love my co workers and boss

    Cons

    Could use more compensation in pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Heritage Academies

    Pros

    Great work relationships. Can go where you want to

    Cons

    Company all about numbers. Seems like true concern gets lost

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    I taught at NHA for over 11 years. I loved it at first. As administration changed, NHA also changed- not for the good.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    THe parents are usually super supportive the staff at my school is young and fun and we all "get" each other and support each other. Out senses of humor get us through the day with each other. Our teachers are EXTREMELY dedicated to their students and their work

    Cons

    Many of the teachers at my school work 12-13 hour days in order to complete what is expected of us in a week. If we were getting paid like Doctors, those hours might be ok, but we make meager salaries that would be hard to live on as a single parent. We are told to put our families first, yet chastised if we are late, don't have something complete, or forget one of the many, many meetings we have each week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate and pay your teachers more. Have admin micromanage less. Teachers do not actually enjoy being observed every week. We got this! We've been doing it longer than most of the deans who are observing us!Deans are needed to help with the many severe behavior issues we have at our school this year. Mt Dean can sit and tell me how to teach some great lesson, but as soon as "Johnny" disrupts the class to the point that I cannot teach, the skills learned in that 03 mean nothing to me.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It is a business first and a school last!

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Teacher in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    Benefits are still pretty good even though the cost continues to go up each year.

    Cons

    Lip service to learning only. Low pay, and decisions are made based on profit, not student growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't yell at staff members in front of other students and staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Long Term Substitute teacher at several NHA schools

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    Former Employee - Long Term Sub
    Former Employee - Long Term Sub

    I worked at National Heritage Academies part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hard working co-workers. Good Character Development program. Students make more progress

    Cons

    As a retired teacher, I was shocked by the schedules of NHS teachers. There is barely a minute to catch one's breath. The teachers are seriously overworked and it is no surprise that the average length of stay is 3 years. Teachers told me they didn't know how they could have a family and continue teaching at an NHA school. 8 specialist classes a day plus an hour of lunch duty and 1/2 hour car duty. Yikes. I would like to know what the profit margin is. I have a bit of a problem with NHA making a profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the Dean system is not that productive. There are too many of them. Principals should be doing more. Some of the deans are overseeing areas of which they have no expertise. It also causes a lot of turnover in staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    NHA is a professional, thorough and forward thinking Charter School. They offer excellent training and mentoring.

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    Current Employee - Art Teacher in Gary, IN
    Current Employee - Art Teacher in Gary, IN

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Teachers, parents, students and staff work together at a team to promote the students' success.

    Cons

    The hours required are long. So, work life balance can be challenging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Engaging & Innovative - Great work being done everyday.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at National Heritage Academies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company values + the ability impact the future through the students NHA serves. There are several opportunities to connect with the actual students and that makes it all worth it.
    Benefits are best of the best, and even with Healthcare reform I could tell they worked hard to keep out-of-pocket costs reasonable. Variable rewards - consistently reviewing the culture, events, and reward programs to keep staff engaged and drive performance.

    Cons

    work-life balance. Often-times the headcount did not support the additional work leadership expected to be rolled out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider additional leadership training prior to individuals taking on leadership roles (enabling them to have discussions around NHA policies and processes, performance management, and to know when to engage an expert). Consider additional opportunities for flexibility of work schedule/time-off, as well as being proactive to adding headcount to avoid overworking your highest performers who are pulling the wagon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Teacher

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at National Heritage Academies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Insurance was wonderful during my time of employment.

    Cons

    Constant change in strategies in an attempt to keep up with the market. Educators rarely had ample time to learn the concept before it was changed. Technology for students was severely lacking. Library facility very small. Too much emphasis on data from student scores, students develop a complacent attitude towards testing;therefore, best effort of testing is lacking. No room for growth within the current structure. Dean model has not promoted a good work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work environment and climate would be greatly improved with the deletion of the Dean model and O3's. Definite need for benefits that include personal/sick day off policy. Benefits were great during the employment. Work/life balance in favor of company, need to be more considerate of balance for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Service Center employee

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    Current Employee - Service Center in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Service Center in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    Working with the school staff and receiving gratitude from the office staff.

    Cons

    There is no room for growth. All professional development is for teachers, deans or principals. The Service Center employees are hired for a specific job. Do not spend more than two year here, unless you like doing nothing with your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micromanaging and lacking opportunity to all employees will be the downfall. The culture is already rotting on the inside and the only thing upper mgmt is concerned with is student achievement and seat filling. Students are dollars for this real estate management company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    I was able to grow with this company with three different schools in three different areas.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Heritage Academies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The administration grows you and there is ability to transfer schools within the company.

    Cons

    The demands and administration can be over whelming at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Also, that they can be a bit demanding at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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