Ascend Public Charter Schools Reviews

Updated Jun 1, 2021

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Ascend Public Charter Schools Interim CEO Lisa Margosian
Lisa Margosian
8 Ratings
Pros
  • "Adoption of Responsive Classroom(in 12 reviews)

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

  • Cons
  • "no work life balance hard if you have a family(in 17 reviews)

  • "Long hours -- work/life balance can be a struggle(in 16 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year
      Featured Review

      Intense but helps your teaching

      Jul 13, 2020 - General Education Teacher 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      very clean and organized nice/ supportive staff

      Cons

      work life balance long hours agree with most negative reviews

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Elementary Teacher

      Jan 23, 2021 - Science Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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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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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good for a charter school.

      May 12, 2021 - Teacher in Brownsville, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good pay, good benefits, good systems that keep the school running relatively smoothly.

      Cons

      The requirements on teachers do not align with what most teachers went to school for. We are constantly doing management tasks such as contacting parents about school updates, ensuring compliance of our students, attending tons of meetings, and filling out tons of reports. The work load is heavy, and you need to be able to separate yourself from your job at the end of the day.

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Teacher

      Jun 1, 2021 - English Teacher 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Incredibly trained and prepared for all future teaching roles.

      Cons

      Expectations are unrealistically pushed for without adequate support.

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Tough

      May 15, 2021 - 5th Grade Teacher in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Starting salary is fair, good benefits

      Cons

      Extremely micromanaged, teachers are expected to teach their subject, plus do the work of the SpEd coordinator, secretary, clinician, after school coordinator, etc. combined. Work load is truly unsustainable and thus staff turnover is high. And then that high turnover leads to an environment that always feels scrambled.

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    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Unorganized

      May 18, 2021 - Middle School Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Salary is medium high but still not worth the stress, premises are usually new or very nice

      Cons

      Administration didn't care if you were sick, you had to come in, no discipline or accountability for students and thus they didn't take anything seriously, no work/life balance, was in there from 8 am to 6pm

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Not exactly as advertised

      Feb 3, 2021 - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
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      Pros

      Buildings are well maintained. Plenty of supplies for teachers. Most families are involved to a degree (aka will show up to conferences, but not necessarily to school events). Teachers do some lesson planning which allows you to have certain flexibility in how you teach. You are not teaching from a scripted or boxed curriculum. You can be yourself teaching. But if you have experience and strong content knowledge it can be frustrating too.

      Cons

      Like all charter schools, work-life balance isn't great. You always have meetings during your preps. You'll spend any free preps printing materials. The school day is too long for kids and quite frankly adults too. The curriculum isn't innovative or project based. It's mostly work packets with black and white copies for students. Very focused on test prep, but that's every charter school.

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      School Atmosphere

      Apr 11, 2021 - Lead Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Network pushes restorative practices in schools.

      Cons

      School leadership chosen by how many years of service at the schools. Ignores whether a candidate has social emotional intelligence. Data is everything at Ascend, however, not utilize to effectively adjust curriculum. Testing has not produced strong test taking students and the testing schedule reflects poor planning, students are subjected to 3 to 4 days of back to back testing.

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    9. 2.0
      Current Employee

      typical charter network with no transparency

      May 1, 2021 - Teacher 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Amazing students and families; workable facility, subway accessible...

      Cons

      a lack of transparency, micromanagement, poorly designed curriculum, a little to no teacher autonomy and etc.

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Overall Good Job

      Feb 24, 2021 - Dance Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Loved my students, loved my coworkers, Loved the pay/benefits.

      Cons

      1.Leadership. They often times piled on tons of last minute deadlines, and had unrealistic expectations of people. Overall the communication was HORRIBLE. In my 3 years there, things would be happening that no one in the school would know about or would find out about 5 minutes prior. When we moved to remote learning most leaders just hung out at their houses or did chores while teachers were working all day. Many times I have seen people who are great teachers get fired or have to leave due to mistreatment from a higher up leader who was on a power trip or because they took advantage of someone being a good worker. 2. Hours. The days ARE LONG! you get there at 7:20 and the day ends at 4:20. Most stay until 6 daily. The kids are basically done for by 2:30 so anything after that point is basically just chaos and a complete waste of everyone's time. 3. Curriculum. These kids NEED SOCIAL STUDIES. By the time my students reached 4th grade most did not know the difference between a state and a country. Most did not know their own history. They do an amazing job of having images of influential Black Americans in the hallways, but many of our students dont know who they are or what they did. They need to be having social studies as its own separate part of the day. Kindergarten has no play time outside of a 30 min recess and have a 9 hour school day. The kids spend far too much time sitting. Students need more time to be creative, more project based learning. Learning is often times not really that fun, which causes the kids to act out in specials, lunch and recess. They also desperately need a social emotional learning curriculum. These students have experienced a lot of trauma and loss, and they expect that the 30 min of morning meeting which is divided already into 4 different tasks and the 10 min of closing circle is going to be good for that. Most of the students at my school came to school 30 min late every day and missed morning meeting. They need an actual curriculum to follow to teach them problem solving skills (second step) 4. The Responsive Classrooms Model seems great but it isn't executed properly to work. Doing only parts of the responsive classroom model makes it so this model just means there are ZERO consequences for anything. RC states that you have a logical consequence = break it, fix it. Often times teachers dont have the time because there are 30 + kids in a class, 1 adult to to execute these and culture does not hold these kids accountable to this. They just talk to them for 1-2 minutes they get a TREAT for going to the office and the cycle continues. Most teachers dont have the proper training to even know what the logical consequences are that they could use for each thing. 5. Class sizes are HUGE. Every year they say okay we have fixed, or the kids wont show. And every year there are 34 kids in a class on the first day of school. 6. Specials Teachers have an easier more flexible job with less people down their throats, but expect to teach 7/8 back to back classes and be run ragged. I loved this school so much, because of my students. But so much about this job was completely unhealthy and kind of toxic workplace culture.

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