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Boston Higashi School Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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  1. "High energy, strong culture school for students with Autism"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Boston Higashi School full-time

    Pros

    Higashi has a strong focus on energy remediation, fitness and healthy daily routines, and consistent physical routines. This helps students to feel and stay safe when they are dysregulated and provides routines to fall back on as well as a constant high energy atmosphere.

    The culture at the school was very strong, which also contributed to the consistency of the student - and staff - experience.

    "Emergence" program for students transitioning to jobs and independent living was an excellent program, and sets a good example for how to prepare exiting students for adult life.

    Cons

    Students could be physically unsafe toward themselves and other when dysregulated.

    Constant high level of physical energy was exhausting and demanding.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and great culture. The school culture (not the culture of the staff, but the school culture to which staff must adhere) can be overwhelming. It is helpful in terms of keeping students engaged and practicing what you preach, but can feel overwhelming.


  2. "overwhelming"

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    Former Employee - Aide in Randolph, MA
    Former Employee - Aide in Randolph, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Boston Higashi School (Less than a year)

    Pros

    New building, nice staff, swimming pool, outdoor space, and cooking class. Nice prom for the graduating students.

    Cons

    An overwhelming amount of work with little money

    Advice to Management

    increase staff size

  3. Helpful (2)

    "EP Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pay is fair and industry standard. There ed theory is on point but staff practice the opposite most of the time and are rewarded for doing the opposite.

    Cons

    Punitive behavior methods while talking the talk of holistic-ness. Poor management. They don't teach students any academics or functional skills. Veteran staff are clicky bullies. Most of the classroom teachers and master teachers are incompetent. Division directors set poor examples and defend impoverished or inaprorppriate conduct. Poor behavior and incompetence are rewarded while doing your job is scorned upon. They try to set new people up and go to malicious extremes, even at the risk of student and staff safety. Their quality person and directors admit redily to covering a history of these issues up.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Put the students first. Put effective practice first. End clickyness and presumption that longevity equals understanding or efficacy. Stop hostile workplace culture. Stop protecting or encouraging professional misconduct.


  4. "Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Boston Higashi School full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, many hard working & caring individuals.

    Cons

    In need of school wide technology update.


  5. "Great program does right by the kids who attend"

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    Current Employee - Residential Instructor in Randolph, MA
    Current Employee - Residential Instructor in Randolph, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Boston Higashi School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent pay great interaction with kids to see there progression in things that they have learned. Lots of support for families to learn how to help them interact better with their kids so they can be more successful.

    Cons

    Upper management resistant to change of the times, residential staff are not treated on a whole with respect
    Lack of timely communication for staff to address issues accordingly. Poor managerial skills from some directors .

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more open to change, because in the end we are all there for the kids who attend and want to succeed and flourish


  6. "Good Place But......."

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    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Boston Higashi School (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work is great, challenges are great

    Cons

    Upper management uncooperative and not decisive, Lots of resistance to change, students are great but one issue can bring all the goodness to zero


  7. "Very challenging but fulfilling and rewarding by the end of the day"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Boston Higashi School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Chance to interact with various people and senior management. Wonderful team work effort by all staff. I salute the teachers who work with students and mange to stay calm and during difficult times.

    Cons

    limited attention to senior management way of doing things. Limited formal chances to interact with the management on important issues.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more training opportunities to the management team that focuses on other areas of their lives other than the job itself.

  8. "An amazing program, with abundant learning opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Residential Instructor in Randolph, MA
    Current Employee - Residential Instructor in Randolph, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Boston Higashi School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive staff when needed, great administrative team, ample chances to work overtime hours, never a dull moment, physically active environment, and great students.

    Cons

    Must be able to handle both mental and physical stressors.

    Advice to Management

    During the initial training stages, employees are encouraged to meet with a supervisor daily. This type of meeting should continue to be scheduled weekly for each employee to better encourage professional growth and decrease employee stress.