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Updated Nov 17, 2021

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Achievement First Interim CEO Fatimah Barker
Fatimah Barker
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  • "No work life balance and a high(in 78 reviews)
  • "Long hours and overly tolerant of negative student behaviors.(in 60 reviews)
  • "Long hours (9 hours a day required for teachers)(in 21 reviews)
  • "Every minute of the day is scheduled for you and you have little autonomy over anything.(in 11 reviews)
  • "School hires incompetent Management who have no real experience in education and educating student of color.(in 8 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Mission Driven Culture and Practices

    Mar 22, 2021 - Teacher in Providence, RI
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Strong culture of feedback and professional development

    Cons

    Work Life balance challenges and long hours

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Review of Achievement First Endeavor Middle School

    Mar 25, 2021 - 6th Grade ELA Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Co-teaching model allows for increased collaboration, emphasis on coaching allows new teachers to truly grow in their craft, culture of excellence amongst students and staff helps each member of the school community find success, there are plenty of resources and the organization is very organized and communicative, and there is a strong culture of advocacy for our student's needs!

    Cons

    Network curriculum can stifle creativity and flexibility in lesson planning. The emphasis on having students be successful on standardized tests impacts direction and focus of lessons, making them sometimes feel repetitive or too narrow. Work life balance can be hard to achieve with number of hours and deliverables.

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Elementary Teacher Pros/Cons

    Mar 22, 2021 - Elementary Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    AF truly supports teacher in their professional growth whether that be in their current position or to seek even further outside of the school. AF works with Relay Graduate School and ensures that you are on track to earn your Master's degree. The staff who are hired and mostly there not for the pay but to truly advocate and support children in their learning. The work you do truly matters and worth it for the kids. You will get observed A LOT and receive feedback (this can be a pro and con for some people) The staff did a great job in trying to be transparent and vigilant on if the school should reopen during the pandemic.

    Cons

    The work life balance is difficult to maintain if you have other priorities. While the network and the schools speak about teachers having self-care and making time for yourself this is difficult to achieve with the amount of things teachers need to get done , on top of all the meetings we have after class with a short turnaround time. Classroom management and expectations are set on the kids and on teachers (during this time of pandemic) and observed with scores, but there's no true support on what teachers can do after exhausting all options and ideas.

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Well-oiled machine with kind and mission-aligned people

    May 2, 2021 - Dean in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - strong systems, structures and routines AF is a nationally recognized charter school network that has strong impact on student achievement. It is one of the best charters I've worked at. - good intentions - strong development - less politics compared to other charters - less growing pains compared to smaller charters - kind and mission-driven people who are smart and care

    Cons

    - work life balance - it's working to undercut some white-supremacy values and cultures (sometimes at pace that is slower than what others want). some superintendents, particularly at the middle school level, are "old school" AF leaders who are adapting slower to the change culture. - school culture and staff experience varies across schools, particularly if the principal is struggling

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Balance is key

    Nov 17, 2021 - Academic Dean 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Kids, Families, Classroom experiences, Culture Events

    Cons

    No work life balance (doesn’t exist)

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Great Organization and Community

    Apr 14, 2021 - Student Services Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    During my time at AF I have always felt part of a team and family. People are always ready to help each other, and to work really hard. I have also found that through the years AF has changed and thankfully for the better, we are not at 100% but we are in a great place. I have been lucky to work with people who care about kids and the joy we bring to kids.

    Cons

    Being in education is hard and it will take a toll on you. Finding the work life balance is a con. It is better at AF but not at 100%. I have also hoped to see change fast given our current times, and though it is happening, it feels at times that it takes a long time.

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  7. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Good school to work for

    Aug 5, 2021 - English Teacher 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Diverse work environment. Lots of room for growth. Administration support future path as long as you express interest

    Cons

    Their are long work hours which at times can be overwhelming. The work life balance is encouraged but hard to maintain

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  8. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great pay no work/life balance

    Nov 12, 2021 - Operations Coordinator 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The environment, the pay, the kids

    Cons

    So many hours. No work life balance.

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  9. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Inconsistent Values Delivery

    Sep 27, 2021 - Student Services Manager in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Purpose-driven work; Good salary; Inspirational teachers and opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    No work/life balance Severe burnout Does not adhere to values

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  10. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    AF

    Oct 26, 2021 - Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Staff culture, curriculum, wellness Fridays

    Cons

    Work life balance, micromanaging, some flexibility

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