Brooklyn LAB Charter School Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2020

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2.8
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Brooklyn LAB Charter School Co-Founder and Executive Director Eric Tucker (no image)
Eric Tucker
43 Ratings
Pros
  • "Brooklyn Lab is a school that really stands out for me as a teacher(in 11 reviews)

  • "Many people might not realize that a running a charter school has many stakeholders we are beholden to (all with different agendas(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "The challenges of having so many young Fellows in the building can mean that you have some unprofessional behavior among younger staff(in 16 reviews)

  • "Brooklyn lab charter school is a horrible place to work(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (2)

    "Good school, good kids, good leadership"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Strong leadership at the high school A huge change in culture with the new team

    Cons

    Long hours compared to the DOE

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "A place that really serves all kids"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I left Brooklyn Lab this year with a heavy heart. I love the school, the founders, the staff and the kids but I couldn't do the 1.5 hour commute anymore and needed something closer to home. If you are considering Brooklyn Lab I would urge you to visit the shcool, talk to families, and see what it is really like. Our team works hard and love our kids - even when they are tough. Some of the reviews on here are full of anger, hatred and spite. I am not why people feel this way. Maybe they weren't invited back or they were part of the team that wasn't the right fit but trust me when I see talk to real parents and students and they will tell you how amazing this school is.

    Cons

    Long hours and location for me

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    "Clear Exploitation of Black Teachers and Students"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Teacher 

    I have been working at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time

    Pros

    Lab is unlike any school. We had the opportunity to work with students who are not like any kind. We have students who have a lot of trauma, and behavioral issues but working with them makes you a better teacher. The lack of support really helps you work better at your craft.

    Cons

    lack of communication, lack of follow through, exploitation of black teachers and students while top execs make all the money and students are still not moving the needle academically.

  4. Helpful (9)

    "Even Worse Than You Can Imagine"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Operations Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Glassdoor reviews exist and you have a chance to save yourself

    Cons

    I debated writing this for a long time but I feel morally obligated. If I can stop just one person from working here then maybe everything I went though will have been worth it. Please, I know you're desperate but no job is worth this Everything else the bad reviews say is completely true. The founders, Eric and Erin, are verbally and emotionally abusive beyond what I thought was possible. They lie, gaslight, and manipulate everyone to do exactly what they say and are quick to point fingers when things go wrong. I'll leave it at this, the only good reviews on this site were written by Erin and workers were forced to post them. Think about the sociopathy there; The reviews that thank Erin for all her hard work and rave about her were written by Erin and workers were forced to post them under threat.

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  5. Helpful (9)

    "Brooklyn Lab against Empathy"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Ms. Kidd & Mr. Jackson

    Cons

    Brooklyn LAB has so much potential, it's sad. Prepare for this one-- Eric and Erin, who are married to each other and the founders of the school, come from the gov’t. However, Erin suppose to be InnovateEDU- which is an organization that reckons to support BKLAB, she’s getting paid on both ends(MUST BE NICE). They both preach during meetings, and PD were on how when they were working in the White House with B.O that he loved them yadda-yadda. They throw that in the interview process at the time which gives you a sense of hope that they are the best people to work with (Yeah Right). They also offer the impression that you may meet them as well if you joined the team. You never do. The 5 stars reviews that you see here are: 1. Either the founders having time in their day to make multiple accounts and post themselves 2. Asking people verbally and electronically(seen an email from a staff member) to say great things about BK Lab. Because the negative reviews are coming from a particular staff member who are mad, they got let go. They can tell because of the IP addresses. You're not the only one with friends who can trace IPs. Some of these reviews are coming from one particular Location. The founders think they’re slick asking people and posting all these 5 stars reviews. For other people on here who leaves 5-star reviews goes back to the top as to what I was saying before. Its either Eric/Erin writing them or someone close to them like their assistants writing them or they asking one of the teachers or admin. To those who say these are just hateful reviews, it's not. People in leadership and admin took so many bullets for certain teachers and the school as a whole. We (myself included) wouldn't be writing these long reviews talking about the injustice behind the scenes if Brooklyn Lab was such a "Great" or "Growing" place. All the stories I hear from people in different departments, and works closely with Eric/Erin told the truth and kept it really what's been happening behind the scenes. This cause me to leave this place. It is unfair to Staff and is unfair to the students who go there. During my tenure, the staff has been so supportive of one another and made the best of it. It came to the point though, where the staff was coming to work apparently mingle with each other. The passion for what they do went out the window when things requested and didn’t get done promptly. Erin is really the decision maker of the school. I believe Eric wants to try to run the school but is in a happy wife a happy living situation. So he does anything she says. Erin will try to make you feel like she understands the struggles of black and brown kids by talking about her niece who’s supposedly is black. Also, we are in times of METOO era, and it seems early, and throughout 2018, they seem to hire a guy they probably thought no one would recognize. He would come in like 2-3x a month. One of the staff members who worked with him knew him. All I’m going to say is google Jeremiah Kittredge. This is the type of people Brooklyn LAB has around especially our scholars.

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    "worst school ever"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    it has some extracurricular activities

    Cons

    this school sucks it should be shut down it had 3 incident where it was dangerous to the student and staff . a teacher got punch out hard .they had a hard lock down a real one and kept on letting the students in. also there was a real fire in the school building.

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  7. Helpful (9)

    "I would not send my child here."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Hm - none at this time.

    Cons

    I worked at LAB for only one academic year and all I have to say is there’s a reason they constantly have job openings. Staff quit mid-year all the time for a very valid reason - LAB is ran unethically. The biggest disservice is to the children. They aren’t accepting new juniors because they’ve consistently ruined the academic career of the current ones to the point that that only 20% of them are on track to graduate. 20%. Would you want to send your child to a school where every year they have about three new teachers for the same subject? Save yourself the stress of feeling unethical and don’t even think about boarding this sinking ship. The co-founders have one thing on their agenda and it has nothing to do with providing children with an education or tools for success.

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  8. "good working environment"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, good work environment

    Cons

    No bad experience for me

  9. "Great school with great people"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The team at the school is very dedicated and works hard. The school has a strict performance management system which helps weed out people who are not the right fit for the hard work needed and the mission of the organization. I only no of one teacher who was invited back who choose not to return. A lot of stuff written on here is from people who are not truthful and who I doubt ever worked for this organization.

    Cons

    Students are not always respectful of teachers and staff. The hours are long. Parents can be very disengaged and then only call you when its report card time.

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great staff curriculum"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - NONE in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Love the staff, the kids

    Cons

    the curriculum it's not enough to make the children a well rounded people.

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