Ascend Public Charter Schools Reviews

Updated May 19, 2020

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Ascend Public Charter Schools Interim CEO Lisa Margosian
Lisa Margosian
2 Ratings
Pros
  • "The school's focus on responsive classroom can help teachers to foster strong relationships with kids(in 11 reviews)

  • "Big Black Man who could control the scholars(in 9 reviews)

Cons
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  1. "In service for children"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ascend Public Charter Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The Ascend program is excellent at preparing scholars with the skills they need to succeed in college.

    Cons

    Not really a con,but I wish there was more interest in extra curricular activities such as the arts and sports.

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    Ascend Public Charter Schools2020-03-06
  2. "nice place to work"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Ascend Public Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    strong culture, wonderful kids, professional development

    Cons

    unsupported, behaviors aren't held accountable

    Ascend Public Charter Schools2020-05-19
  3. "Not a good environment for special education"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Ascend Public Charter Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The community is wonderful and the facilities are excellent

    Cons

    No technology for students, very little resources for special educators, teachers are held to unreasonable standards and are extremely stressed out

    Ascend Public Charter Schools2020-05-06
  4. "No support in becoming an effective teacher"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - New York in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Ascend Public Charter Schools full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay, benefits. and very nice coworkers (teachers).

    Cons

    Administration being unhelpful, micromanagement, and the feeling of workplace mistreatment.

    Ascend Public Charter Schools2020-04-29
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Subpar CMO"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Leadership in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ascend Public Charter Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Better work-life balance compared to other leading CMOs - Fast-track career advancement - Adoption of Responsive Classroom

    Cons

    - Weak leadership from officers and managing directors (low expectations and accountability) - Unclear vision and long-term planning - Mediocre staff development

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    Ascend Public Charter Schools2020-04-24
  6. "Good benefits, tough environment"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Teacher 

    I have been working at Ascend Public Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Professional development, benefits, teaching staff, students are great.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, grueling hours, lack of resources, general sense of unpreparedness

    Ascend Public Charter Schools2020-04-23
  7. "Teacher"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Ascend Public Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    good mission, Nice loving staff

    Cons

    too many hours, no-one notices how much work you do

    Ascend Public Charter Schools2020-04-21
  8. "Ascend Teacher"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ascend Public Charter Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great staff to work with. Community relations is strong. Ascend does not share buildings with another school. Most Ascend schools have a parking lot. Wellness Fridays

    Cons

    Long hours roughly 8-9 work days

    Ascend Public Charter Schools2020-04-02
  9. "Good Work-Life Balance"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Ascend Public Charter Schools full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Competitive pay + benefits, particularly for school operations. -High staff retention + healthy student waitlists -General feeling of camaraderie -Good work-life balance -- this is the first school operations team I've been on where folks are able to leave on time because they get most of their work done within school hours. -Passionate colleagues across all levels -Strong coaching/development opportunities (many internal and external PDs offered) -The network is responsive to feedback -Heavy commitment to becoming a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community

    Cons

    -As is common with most NYC charter schools, the hours are long (9 hours). However, most people are able to get their work done during the school day and, therefore, most leave on time which is a testament to how efficiently run schools are. -Stronger operations onboarding needs to be built out; more experienced school operations professionals will thrive here.

    Ascend Public Charter Schools2020-03-04
  10. "GREAT PLACE TO WORK"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Food Service Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Ascend Public Charter Schools full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work life balance ,GREAT co-workers

    Cons

    I HAVE NO CONS ABOUT ASCEND

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    Ascend Public Charter Schools2020-03-04
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