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Aspire Public Schools Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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  • Work life balance needs more attention (in 6 reviews)

  • There are the standard long hours associated with all teaching jobs (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Good Company to Work for but Expects a lot of Teachers"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of support, big charter school network so little concern of charter being removed

    Cons

    Long hours, many PD meetings, short summers, misguided salary schedule system


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Truly Horrible Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Stockton, CA
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Stockton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing to say. I guess they had free parking. And I did kind of enjoy the professional development faculty meetings on Wednesday afternoons.

    Cons

    The students have a truly staggering amount of power and they know it. I really cannot believe how often I found myself fighting off "frivolous lawsuits," by which I mean student complaints to the administration, which I have to defend myself again. I truly could not wait to get out of this horrible environment. The students are stupid, boring, and mean. So are the administrators. The counselors are truly bothersome and are held to staggeringly low standards.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting so much weight into the student complaints!


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Charter school with poor organization and unethical practices"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Making a difference in a high needs community. Staff is well educated and committed.

    Cons

    Lots of drama. Poor leadership. Unsustainable demands and micromanagement. Unsafe conditions for students and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Give staff more freedom and less micro managing. Investigate nepotism and unfair practices.


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  5. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent staff and competitive pay

    Cons

    Assignments are not always available


  6. "Great employer"

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    Current Employee - Educator in Modesto, CA
    Current Employee - Educator in Modesto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspire Public Schools (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I like the freedom of being able to develop my own curriculum and working with a diverse student population.

    Cons

    I would like a teacher's union and a more diverse teacher demographic.

    Advice to Management

    It would be beneficial to have a more representative student population of the surrounding community.


  7. "Reformers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great teachers and families. Desire to effect change on every level

    Cons

    Don't prioritize social emotional learning


  8. "Tough job, unique experience"

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    Former Employee - Instructional Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Instructional Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    You are surrounded by hard working individuals who care. Aspire has a lot of resources to support the success of you and your students.

    Cons

    Tough environment, you will have anxiety ridden days. Federal standards that may not be easily relatable to students. Morale can be low with employees looking for individuals to blame.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Aspire- an amazing place, that's not for everyone..."

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    Former Employee - Education Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Education Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aspire Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits.
    Fantastic professional development opportunities for teachers.
    Collaborative and positive atmosphere - excellent teammates.
    High expectation for students and staff members - rigorous academic program
    Abundant access to instructional resources and technology.

    Cons

    The workload for teachers is tremendous and for many unsustainable - most teachers stay hours past school and work weekends. Thus, very high turnover rates.
    Evaluative structure for teachers and administrators needs improvement - the rubric and observation cycles feel very much like a dog and pony show.
    Very political - It's clear upper management/leadership plays favorites so many administrators are promoted who lack experience, merit, or instructional knowledge.
    Students are over-tested and too great an emphasis is placed on achieving higher test scores.
    Lack of resources exist for families/students with special needs, who need social-emotional or behavioral support. Systemic issues within the organization when it comes to supporting these students.

    Advice to Management

    Take some real actions (besides endless surveys and "Town Hall" meetings) to address the teacher workload and turnover rate. Reduce number of Aspire-wide assessments - the kids are over tested. Prioritize the needs of the whole child versus the test score.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic teammates, fairly agile approach to making changes for such a large nonprofit, very dedicated teams. Truly visionary and exceptional leadership team.

    Cons

    Working on equity (still have a long way to go, but it is gaining greater priority). Workload sustainability is also becoming a priority, as is greater investment in human capital.


  11. "Aspire"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of support from each staff member.
    Scholars are great!

    Cons

    Everything is great. I have no complaints.



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