National Heritage Academies

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National Heritage Academies Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
41 Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for more than a 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
  2.  

    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 for 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 for 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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
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    Teachers are not valued, too many expectations without any sort of compensation or assistance.

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Teacher in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good mission. There are a lot of cutting edge initiatives.

    Cons

    Teachers are overworked and under paid. While it's not all about the money, the amount of time that goes in should at least keep up with local school districts' pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get into the classrooms/buildings and listen before adding another initiative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Underpaid and overworked.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Heritage Academies

    Pros

    NHA has good benefits and I think the administration tries to achieve results. However, many are not trained or even degreed in administration so aren't clear on how to achieve results.

    Cons

    The discipline is awful . Students as a whole are disrespectful . Administrations spends too much time with observation and testing instead of focusing on the core problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire seasoned teachers and pay them according to their experience. Intervene when necessary and do not play big brother constantly. Behavior would improve if students could have some consistency in teachers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  9.  

    A great company that lost its soul.

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    Former Employee - Administrator
    Former Employee - Administrator

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

    Pros

    Good teacher training
    Good health coverage

    Cons

    Low salaries
    Too much classroom supervision
    Too fad oriented
    Constant change in leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back off the classroom observations. Trust your teachers. Give your teachers more planning time and planning days. Drop your membership in the Fad of the Month Club.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    First major company I worked for, did not regret a thing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits were hard to beat in relation to other companies. Support came in many forms, whether it be transitioning into a new role or getting help directly from HQ. NHA does well in taking care of their employers.

    Cons

    Being compensated for the amount of work you do is a little lacking. Though benefits from this company is a plus, salary is not up to par with other positions. Being a North Carolina teacher "adds" to the low compensation and the time it takes to have a decent compensations is too long. There's a lot of hoops when it comes to asking for certain things from HQ.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more real with your employers. Though we appreciate all the small tokens of appreciation, we are not blind to the real issues we face as NHA North Carolina teachers. Team involvement and communication is one of the main things I feel lacks in some of our schools. Be realistic and up front with your teachers, in the long run they will appreciate that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    NHA is an example of a successful Charter School company.

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Teacher in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at National Heritage Academies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    After working for other Charter companies and even public school districts, I can say that NHA is organized, consistent, and has a strong support system in place for its schools and teachers. There is the chance for yearly raises attached to student achievement, parent feedback, performance, and progress toward teacher-set goals, which is assessed through weekly (!) observations and meetings. Within NHA's network of schools, upward mobility is encouraged - NHA pays 50% of graduate tuition for teachers, and 100% for some sponsored school leadership degrees. Because of NHA's extensive network of schools, there is the opportunity to switch to a new school - so even with the lack of job security in charter schools, there is a certain amount of mobility.

    Cons

    There can be an excess of focus on test scores, but I believe that is more a product of today's educational environment in the United States than anything specific to NHA. Also, while it's job security and mobility is better than some charter schools, years gained at one NHA school are not necessarily counted when applying to a new NHA school. LIke many other charter schools, NHA schools are full of young teachers - some of them talented, passionate, and skilled - just "doing their time" until a more stable and sustainable job opens somewhere else. This is not ideal for school culture or student achievement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some new strategies for improving the teacher turnover rate - perhaps allowing for transfers between NHA schools, to at least cut down on the number of new teachers hopping from school to school because they know that the loyalty and number of years in a charter school can count for nothing when applying to a public district (or another charter school.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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