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Achievement First CEO Dacia Toll and Doug McCurry
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  • "No real cons apart from the usual work/life balance struggles of most charter schools(in 84 reviews)

  • "No appreciation of staff long hours(in 59 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (13)

    Rewarding but not without Challenges

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    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
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    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Achievement First full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Working at Achievement First has been one of the best career choices I have made. It's important for me to be at a place where I can make an impact everyday, there are always opportunities to learn and grow and EVERYONE has a vast amount of knowledge. I am finishing up my first year as a classroom teacher and it has been amazing to see the great things my kids have learned so far. Seeing students fall in love with reading,...

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    Cons

    Balance. Finding a balance between work and your personal life can be challenging. With a career as a teacher it's very easy to take your work home, and eventually it can lead to a extremely long day. That is one of my biggest challenges finding the balance in it all. Sometimes your day can be filled with meetings so your preps will be sacrificed and so forth.

    Advice to Management

    If a prep must be used please find an alternative plan so teachers can get their preps.

  2. Inspiring place to work

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    Former Employee - Academic Dean in Brooklyn, NY
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    I worked at Achievement First full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    -Mission-driven, hard-working colleagues. -Kids are amazing and work incredibly hard. -Some of the strongest professional development you can find. -CEOs and network leadership are transparent about AF's strengths and areas of growth - constantly pushing to be better. -Network works hard to provide top-quality instructional resources for teachers.

    Cons

    -This is a place with high expectations where you will be pushed to grow constantly. A first year at AF (either as a teacher or leader) can be a stressful adjustment, even for those with years of experience in education. -Experiences will vary by school - the network is pushing hard to support all schools in meeting the vision of excellence.

    Advice to Management

    I gave plenty of feedback in my time at AF - not going to add more here. I have a lot of faith in the core values of the network and where they are heading.

  3. Helpful (79)

    Care for Person and Performance

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    Current Employee - Behavior Specialist in Brooklyn, NY
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    I have been working at Achievement First full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Achievement First is invested in the personal and professional growth of their scholars and employees both! As an employee, I feel emotionally safe and supported by my team. The leadership team works diligently to create growth mindset among the team. Ultimately, AF pours into their employees so in return, we can pour into our scholars.

    Cons

    No huge cons for me. In my role, I found myself not completely understanding the responsibilities of my role and how it lives at our school. This was quickly fixed when I asked for clarity.

    Advice to Management

    When hiring new staff, assure the coach and/or leadership team sit with the new hire to outline role and responsibilities, preferably before new hire training.

  4. Not a bad place to work, however, really varies by school.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    I have been working at Achievement First full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Ability to make a change.

    Cons

    Overworked, sometimes required to do unnecessary extras like data tracking.

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees.

  5. Hard work + Rewarding

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School 
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Achievement First full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    You will grow a tremendous amount while working at Achievement First. Both professionally and personally. You will be challenged to be your best self at all times. You will create lifelong relationships with students and families. Your will create close bonds with those you work with.

    Cons

    There are many hours of work required to be truly great at this job. In your first year (and sometimes beyond) you will need to take work home and dedicate time on the weekends to ensure you are making deadlines and providing top quality work for kids. With that, work/life balance doesn't come naturally - it is possible, but you have to work for it. You will receive a ton of feedback (which will help you grow) but...

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  6. working while learning

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Achievement First full-time

      Pros

      being able to get experience while getting certified.

      Cons

      long hours and high expectations

    • Great place to work for new teachers. You will develop a lot.

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Achievement First full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        Great, mission driven staff, wonderful scholars and families, professional development

        Cons

        Work life balance, long hours

      • Rewarding, but hard work in a supportive environment

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        Current Employee - Associate Director in Brooklyn, NY
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        I have been working at Achievement First full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        Working at Achievement First means that every day I get to help teachers and kids make an impact on our world. I believe our kids are the leaders of tomorrow and to know that I get to have a hand in their development and growth is exciting and humbling. I'm also surrounded by some amazing colleagues who are devoted to our mission and to supporting each other. We do that through a lot of kindness and love, but also not...

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        Cons

        The hardest thing about this work is the hours. We work really hard and we push ourselves a lot to be better. Sometimes the pressure for high standards can deviate into pressure for perfection. Whenever that happen, though, I ground myself in our work and the kindness of my team.

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          Current Employee - Teacher In Residence 

          I have been working at Achievement First full-time

          Pros

          The kids are incredible people.

          Cons

          Very strict rules, takes long hours.

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        • Work Culture is Crucial

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          Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
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          Positive Outlook
          Disapproves of CEO

          I have been working at Achievement First part-time for more than 4 years

          Pros

          I enjoyed working for AF. If you are applying for a school based position, I would say to be cautious of the adult culture of the school. Are teachers and school leaders aligned? Does everyone work together as a team? Do you see yourself fitting in with the culture at the school? Organization and alignment of the school team will make or break your experience at AF. Each school is different, so it's impossible to...

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          Cons

          Be sure to advocate for your needs and support in your first year and expect A LOT of feedback. There is not a lot of career growth within the EA role.

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