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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Elementary Teacher

    Jan 23, 2021 - Science Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    The curriculum is already made for you and there is a lot of support from the network

    Cons

    There are extremely long hours

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Things Could Be Better

    Jul 25, 2022 - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Diverse staff who are committed to doing what is best for students

    Cons

    Inconsistent leadership leading to staff turnover

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  3. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    It was okay, now... not so much

    Jul 13, 2022 - Lead Science Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    As always the kids are great. Co-workers. Diversity within schools.

    Cons

    Lack of consistent accountability for all students. Unexplained push back from network. One size fit all mentality for curriculum pacing. Diversity is lacking within the network. New Network positions have been filled with outside talent from problematic charters rather than hiring talent from within the network.

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  4. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Wouldn't recommend

    Jul 24, 2022 - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Easy to get to via train

    Cons

    This place was a toxic work environment

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Good School

    Jul 7, 2022 - Culture Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    It's very organized. It pays pretty well with a very decent yearly raise

    Cons

    There's always room to grow

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  6. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Dreams turned into Nightmare

    Jul 6, 2022 - History Teacher 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Each school controls their culture 2 weeks off for Christmas 1 Week off for Thanksgiving Retention Bonus

    Cons

    Curriculum is vacant of many key figures in society and is not always DEIA aligned Assessments are more quantitative then qualitative Lack of upward mobility from classroom into leadership. Newest Network Leaders are not in touch with current teachers and student needs. Lack of transparency behind decision making. Lack of work life balance. No attention to the feedback provided by Staff on how to keep their teachers. Books in the classroom are not Grade Level Ascend is turning into a mini Success Academy.

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  7. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    No longer a good place to teach

    Jul 26, 2022 - Elementary Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    When I joined the network it was a very different place. Teachers were provided with consistent support, coaching, and feedback. Students were also treated as more than just a data point. Ascend valued and fostered family/ community partnerships, social emotional learning, and high academic expectations. That is no longer the case. The only pros that remain are the students, families, and dedicated teachers who are on the brink of burn out.

    Cons

    -Extremely high turnover rate, some leave in the middle of the school year, many choose not to return at the end. -Poor work/ life balance due to little support from leadership. Very long hours, I would typically have to stay at work until after 6:00PM. Other teachers come in early and take work home. -Inefficient use of mandatory staff meetings and professional development sessions. -New school leaders/principals are selected based on their ability to be manipulated. Ascend has replaced strong, experienced leaders with direct ties to the community with young, inexperienced leaders with no preexisting community or cultural ties and an unwillingness to put in the work to get to know our students, families and neighborhoods. -Lack of urgency when it comes to supporting our most vulnerable scholars. -Huge lack of ELL resources and counseling services. -No social studies curriculum in elementary school. Shared text and lit circle materials touch upon some social studies topics but leave our scholars with a very confusing and incomplete historical basis. -Many new hires are from success, and have taken their no-nonsense policies with them. -Intense focus on standardized testing. Collecting data is so important but oftentimes Ascend takes it too far. For example, mandating a 2 day benchmark assessment the week students returned from a long school break. -Commitment to DEIA is performative at best. -All around toxic work environment. Sad for an organization that used to have such a strong adult culture.

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Experiences vary by school

    Jun 13, 2022 - Teacher 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -Access to resources -Buildings are well maintained

    Cons

    -they rely only on public dollars. The pay is low compared to other charter schools. -a whole bunch of people from Success joined the network.

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  9. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    The Network Charter Syndrome

    Jun 28, 2022 - Special Education Middle School Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good place for teachers not state certified to get some teaching experience. Can help develop new teachers who have not yet developed their own craft and teaching style by using a prescriptive curriculum. Very data driven which helps pivot instruction target misconceptions in learning. the Data analysis protocol.

    Cons

    Little opportunity to develop your own teaching style. Must do things their way. Hi turnover rate. Long working hours with more working hours after work. Poor work life balance. Poor use of data analysis. Not much ideation to instruction when students for struggling students nor are their strong enough intervention systems in place for struggling students. They wash rinse repeat, can be frustrating to the teacher.

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  10. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Meh

    Jun 1, 2022 - Classroom Teacher 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The Director of Social Studies Instruction truly listens to the feedback offered by the Social Studies teacher within the network. He consistently communicates with the Social Studies teacher within the network, offering constructive feedback and as a "thought partner".

    Cons

    Many members of the instructional leadership do not possess the emotional and pedagogical experience to lead or inspire teachers. Ascend schools suffers from a lack of talented and experienced instructional leaders. School principals and leaders are chosen based on the perception of how well a person can be manipulated.

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Ascend Public Charter Schools Reviews FAQs

Ascend Public Charter Schools has an overall rating of 2.8 out of 5, based on over 200 reviews left anonymously by employees. 33% of employees would recommend working at Ascend Public Charter Schools to a friend and 26% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -5% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Ascend Public Charter Schools employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.0 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Ascend Public Charter Schools. This rating has decreased by -14% over the last 12 months.

33% of Ascend Public Charter Schools employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Ascend Public Charter Schools 2.2 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.7 for culture and values and 2.8 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Ascend Public Charter Schools to be benefits, career development, culture and the cons to be management, work life balance, senior leadership.

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