I have been working at The Seed Public Charter School of Washington D C full-time (More than 3 years)
Small class sizes, cheerful peers, excellent attendance from students, boarding school for students, which has benefits. Safety -- children are under adult supervision 24/7. Students form close bonds with peers and adults.
Big divide between management and teachers, lots of turnover on all levels, high admin/teacher ratio -- lots of administrators; boarding school so there are competing demands on admin's attention; no emphasis on teacher retention, grades 6-12 which is an odd mix for both ends of the age spectrum, 11 month contract and lower paying than other charters means longer year for less money. Students are "stuck" with peers for their entire academic career; can't reinvent themselves easily. Small grade level bands mean students have few chances to explore academically -- not enough staffing or money for a lot of electives.
Advice to Management
Evaluate the use of funds, admin vs. front-line staff for both academic day and out of school time. Teacher turnover is a major negative, increase pay and reduce teacher contract to 10 months; improve out of school time programming so students have structured fun in their lives.
I applied online. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at The Seed Public Charter School of Washington D C.
I emailed my resume and was contacted the next day to come in for an interview. They were a hour late for the 1st and 2nd interview which was annoying. Once the interview started it was pretty straight forward. The interview was pretty basic. You interview with 4-5 administrators at the same time so be prepared for that.
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