National Heritage Academies Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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29 Ratings

Pros
  • The benefits were pretty decent and I worked with very dedicated teachers (in 9 reviews)

  • NHA has a great group of professionals who care about the education of children (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Teachers are overworked and underpaid (in 3 reviews)

  • Low pay, and decisions are made based on profit, not student growth (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Library/Technology Aide

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    Current Employee - Library/Technology Aide in Canton, MI
    Current Employee - Library/Technology Aide in Canton, MI

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice staff; short distance to work.

    Cons

    Low pay and doesn't get paid for snow days and other days off. No room for advancement without a teaching certificate.


  2. Helpful (1)

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

    I worked at National Heritage Academies (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Everyone on staff truly cares about what is best for children. NHA wants to make people strong team members that have time to collaborate.

    Cons

    No time off. Sometimes NHA is ran more like a business than a school. Longer school day and school year than most schools. Leadership can make of break a school.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through. Be consistent. Make sure there is a strong leadership team in place. It does not matter where the school is. Any school can be great with great leadership.


  3. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in New York, NY

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, lots if professional development training.

    Cons

    Low salary, no room for advancement, no support with behavior with students

    Advice to Management

    Create a position of a dean of student behavior, it is needed.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Too many observations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Heritage Academies full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I loved working with low income students and making a difference in their lives.

    Cons

    I was observed twice a week and always received positive comments but I felt like the administration was always breathing down my neck because of these observations.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your teachers. If students are making academic gains and teachers are performing well, there is no need to constantly walk in their classroom and record them on an iPad.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Paraprofessional

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    Current Employee - Title I Paraprofessional in Gary, IN
    Current Employee - Title I Paraprofessional in Gary, IN

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    National Heritage has been good to me. I may not make the most monies,but, the love, compassion, caring and understanding staff and students makes kife worth it all. I have no complaints of this great organization. I salute Jeff, our CEO. Get investment, great idea for our children.

    Cons

    Salute the proprofessionals and he ISP team from time to time. Give them incentatives, bonuses and raises like the teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Remain the same.


  7. Anonymous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brighton, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brighton, CO

    I worked at National Heritage Academies

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice teachers

    Cons

    Administration vs. teachers. Teachers were expected to work overtime without being compensated. Upon my leaving, 4 other people quit as well (in two months!). My particular school is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Due to the shortage in staff, sped children are not meeting the hours they are legally supposed to be getting. If i could give less then a star i would.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging your staff. They are all professionals and should be treated as such. Get rid of the dean system. The deans are basically teachers on a power trip who have no behavioral management skills.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Optimistic but falls short

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    -Your own classroom (if teaching a CORE class) -access to desktop in every classroom

    Cons

    - overworked and underpaid employees - incredible turnover of teachers often quitting mid-year - accountability at an all-time high without the resources - nonsensical protocols (PTO, especially) -lack of technology

    Advice to Management

    Spend your money on meaningful teacher training to train teachers on the effective use of curricular tools and expanding technology program as students living in this millennia must be able to effectively know how to use media and online resources to their advantage.


  9. Not for me

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies

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

    Pros

    easy job, very friendly support staff

    Cons

    unorganized, misleading, low pay, long hours

    Advice to Management

    Get some experience


  10. dissa[pointed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies full-time

    Pros

    none there is no accountability

    Cons

    you have a job and gain experience to move on

    Advice to Management

    please be transparent and really need to care about educating scholars


  11. Helpful (2)

    Worst mistake of my life!

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Many nice teachers. PD's are free time for teachers to be forced to socialize in. There are very few pros in this school.

    Cons

    If you don't kiss up to your dean, good luck! Deans play favoritism towards several teachers and leave the ones that they don't like out of the loop. Deans are extremely spiteful and manipulative. Students see their teachers being scrutinized by their deans in front of the students. You have 1 one 45 minute prep time and half an hour for lunch. Students in 8th grade are treated like students in second grade. The school talks about accountability, but never show it. Students don't respect the teachers because of the lack of consequences there are. Teachers are questioned by deans on petty things such as talking to the principal without their permission. There's no time to use the bathroom, so welcome all the UTI's. If you're a breastfeeding mom, you are welcome to pump in the dirty bathrooms. Calling out of work for being sick is a job in itself. Be ready to be interrogated! Never received my health care insurance card!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the egotistical dean system that serve absolutely no purpose. Give your teachers the respect they deserve.



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