Worcester Academy

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Worcester Academy Reviews

Updated June 19, 2014
Updated June 19, 2014
4 Reviews
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    Warm, all-embracing community of students and dedicated faculty.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Worcester Academy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Wonderful students and families. Diverse group that adds much to the life of the school.

    Cons

    poor communication between upper administration and faculty; secretive; old boy's club atmosphere, despite women making headway in top positions

    Recommends
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    Seeking a niche in the private school market.

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Worcester, MA

    I have been working at Worcester Academy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The school enrolls nice and smart kids, and there are lots of programs for them to participate in; for the most part, the students are happy; the institution has a great history in prepping kids for college.

    Cons

    The administration has become engulfed in ed land public school edubabble and slogans. They have tried to implement change. They have been vague and lacking in specifics and without explaining what awaits at the other end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management has strayed away from what works at the school. It's best at this juncture for the school to get back on the path that has made the institution successful. The management needs to understand that change must be homegrown and include everybody and that the faculty deserved to paid well and have a fair work load. My advice to management is to start thinking long term and come to terms that the institution is not the property of the people who are managing it. The institution belongs to past, present, and future generations. The school cannot afford public relation blunders.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Creative, intelligent, hard-working students - limited resources, aging infrastructure favoritism and information hiding

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Worcester, MA

    I worked at Worcester Academy

    Pros

    The students, a diverse, energetic, and creative bunch, are the best reason to work there. There was generally a high degree of freedom in the classroom.

    Cons

    Technology was not always used in the most efficient way possible, and the tech infrastructure was regularly unreliable. Information hiding made it difficult on occasion to work with students. Inconsistent application of disciplinary action sometimes suggested favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust teachers and invest more in them - help them to help students. Hold students to the highest academic and ethical standards consistently and equitably.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's been a most rewarding experience, no complaints.

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Worcester Academy

    Pros

    The kids at WA are terrific in every way. The student body is diverse, and it is happily engaged in a multitude of healthy activities. The school is blessed to have some outstanding veteran teachers and coaches in the areas of athletics, drama, and music.

    Cons

    The administration is often secretive and anxious. Through decree they continue to add more on the job menu without taking anything off. In addition they are inclined to invoke new policies without input from the greater teaching community.

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