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Ascend Public Charter Schools Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very supportive and warm working environment. Everyone there is working towards the greater good of providing an education for the undeserved children in Brooklyn

    Cons

    Work wasn't as challenging as I would have liked it to be.


  2. "Ascend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Ascend is very mission aligned

    Cons

    Not much flexibility in work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    More flexibility in work-life balance.

  3. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Ascend Public Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun and supportive network environment
    Small and close learning community

    Cons

    Don't support lateral moves

    Advice to Management

    Revise policy to support lateral moves-at least on a case by case basis


  4. "Ascend Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    responsive classroom management system, student voice is valued, interim assessments, teacher autonomy, data analysis systems, love of kids

    Cons

    dis-alignment within assessments and curriculum, lack of management support for some teachers, poor leadership team members who lack content knowledge, nepotism within leadership roles and teacher praise, unprofessional teachers who are praised

    Advice to Management

    start recognizing teachers who are strong and work on retention rates. Stop over-valuing staff members who are able to put on a "show" for observations but then act extremely unprofessional with students outside of observations. Take initiative to recognize what is actually happening in classrooms.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Ask a lot of questions and school visit before accepting an offer!"

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    Former Employee - Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Ascend Public Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent Pay.
    PD is to the point and has a "start on time, end on-time model"
    Recruits more experienced teachers with decent classroom management styles.
    Clinical support for school counselors (group and individual)

    Cons

    Staff tend to be slightly older and starting families, therefore management does not provide coverage for those on maternity leave, leaving new hires unsupported or overworked.
    Responsive Classroom at certain sites, means that student misbehavior is ignored.
    Staff culture is very poor. "Sink or Swim" mentality, staff will turn a blind eye or literally walk pass their co-workers that may be struggling with a student behaviorally.
    School Systems not well developed therefore students are not held accountable for behavior.
    A lot of non-related duties assigned (lunch, recess, bus mointor duties) that cut into prep time and managing your actual work load.
    High Staff turnover at the middle school level.
    Poor student culture, there was no Joy-factor, no intentional planning to make the school environment a warm and nurturing environment.

    Advice to Management

    Work on your middle school sites. Develop systems that promote a positive school culture for students and staff. School counselors should never be expected to cover academic classes or be assigned multiple lunch or recess duties. Instead allow school counselors to have a flexible schedule to account typical crisis events that occur daily in a school setting such as ACS visits or student trauma.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Kids are great; Network is dysfunctional"

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    Current Employee - Dean
    Current Employee - Dean
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Ascend Public Charter Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The responsive classroom approach results in our students being better advocates for themselves. The curriculum is improving year over year.

    Cons

    The network is very dysfunctional, all the way from the instructional staff to the finance team. I've even seen teachers not be paid on time just because of the errors and dysfunction in the systems and staff procedures.

    There is constant turnover among support staff in the network office and the people who stick it out seem miserable. Usually the most competent people leave the fastest, which is disappointing.

    There is huge inconsistency among schools -- some being great and others being a nightmare. One managing director has made life miserable for all of the administrators that report to her which has also had a negative effect on some schools. Despite many of complaints, nothing has been done about that.

    There is little opportunity to give the network meaningful feedback, especially around staff at the network, because there is a fear of retaliation. People generally keep their head down and keep going just to quit later (hence the high turnover).

    Advice to Management

    Do not open more schools until the network team is stable. Actively seek out the people on staff at network who contribute to a culture of dysfunction and disorganization and weed them out. Actively seek out staff at network who get measurable results (not who is most agreeable) and seek their help in rebuilding.


  7. "Assistant Facilities Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brownsville, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brownsville, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ascend Public Charter Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great staff. Great benefits. Room to advance.

    Cons

    Workload can become heavy if not managed right. Management needs a better way of handling a co-worker attacking you on the job.

    Advice to Management

    Change policy even if no fighting is tolerating. If attacked you should be able to defend yourself. (Includes grabbing)

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great students, negative environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great students, tightly run ship. Clear goals are stated for you.

    Cons

    Negative staff culture, micromanagement, long hours


  9. "Hard to achieve work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Elementary Art Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Elementary Art Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Ascend Public Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow
    Good colleague relationships

    Cons

    Take work home with you
    Long hours
    Hi- stress environment

    Advice to Management

    Lesson the workload


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Administration great, but kids out of control"

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    Current Employee - MS Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - MS Teacher in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Ascend Public Charter Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Curriculum is well planned, but you have the opportunity to deliver how you see fit.

    Cons

    The students are out of control! They claim to have a restorative justice behavior system, but this is not in place.

    Advice to Management

    Put in some discipline supports. If you plan to utilize restorative justice practices, do it. Telling kids to stop (insert behavior here) over and over again is not effective.


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