Champion School Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2020

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  1. "The most rewarding period of my work life"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Champion School part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The school has excellent focus on the kids. There is never a dull day. There is lots of collaboration among staff, true interdependence and focus on each one's strengths. Most teachers strive to live up to each other's expectations. There is a lot of informal, in-depth back and forth virtually every day with the principal on what must we do to help each child -- the discussion is always about the kids or the parents. To the outsiders the process might seem somewhat fluid, less structured but in reality it is very focused on the objectives.

    Cons

    This place is certainly better for the dedicated people who try their best. It is not as good for the slow starters or the people who tend to make excuses. Even if the peers were to look the other way, the parents won't let us.

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  2. "Very small operation"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Champion School for more than a year

    Pros

    * Smart kids with good behavior * Very good people

    Cons

    * Very low pay * No benefits * No vacation pay


  3. "Check this School out, but let my experience be a Warning"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Champion School full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The students are great and want to learn for the most part. They're the best part of the job, as when teaching anywhere. Teachers I had the pleasure of working with (teachers of the higher grades) were great for the most part, but all have since moved on (I left in 2013 along with 4 other teachers - there is a VERY high turnover rate for reasons given below).

    Cons

    Leadership at this school is ineffective at best, and venomous and ruthless at worst. As a past teacher here, leadership was done through yelling or scolding at students and staff themselves from the administrators. This did not happen often, but I have seen many horrifying scenes administrators have enacted of their own will. At one instance, I walked in on a classroom where the principal was yelling at a teacher who was in tears in front of her own students. This was unthinkable, even inhuman. To add on, Administrators discouraged staff from collaborating or spending time together before or after classes, and only held 1 staff meeting during the whole school year (this had to be requested by myself or else there would be no accountability or collaboration). This school is NOT a good place to begin or continue a teaching career. Administrators are toxic to staff and students, but put on a smile when parents come by. At least in my experience, absolutely no training was given to newly hired staff (people who were freshly graduated with Bachelor's), and teachers were thrown into classrooms and expected to teach with only a book for support. Students are expected to excel, and administrators are not versed in educational methodology or psychology to the point where they have students drilled into a very rote style of education. Teachers who have experience will be fine... but you would be MUCH better off teaching elsewhere, where you will be paid higher, be given more support, actual vacation and time off, retirement, and benefits. Champion School will do Nothing for you other than give you a discount on tuition - but I would never enroll my children here, because it would break my heart to see them be brainwashed and think this school was even decent. Administrators expect every student to be the same and shame students for performing poorly. I've seen many students break down in tears because of this treatment, which is very heartbreaking.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganized management, sweet students"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Champion School full-time

    Pros

    parents value education students want to succeed no work to take home for teachers no lessons to plan for teachers great debate program small class sizes

    Cons

    poor communication from management no true "teaching"- more supervising as students work and checking their work against an answer key teachers not allowed classroom management- student misbehaves, teacher must go through principal who will delegate punishment a day later. teachers not allowed to change seats, management groups students who struggle behaviorally in the back together to 'punish them' (which in turn creates more behavior problems) poor facilities, which has been remedied since then (new location) values 'visual improvements' (look at the math our third graders do, look at the science posters) over actual student improvement (heavy amounts of 'coaching' would go into those math problems and science posters) teachers not allowed to speak during parent conferences, only allowed to say negative things to blame the student- meanwhile, some students struggle with advanced work!

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  5. "High Standards and High Expectations for all"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Champion School full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Focus on the Students Lots of support for the teachers No need to take work home No busywork Small - Get to know every other teacher and student in the school High Standards

    Cons

    This place is not for a slacker or a thin skinned person. Staff that delivers gets more autonomy and more responsibility and freedom. Under-performers don't get as much freedom and sometimes encouraged to leave even in the middle of the year.

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  6. "Teacher"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Champion School part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Respectful and friendly environment. Well structured and academic driven curriculum made my teacher experience enjoyable.

    Cons

    No benefits or paid vacation.

  7. "A very rewarding/dynamic environment for the right person"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Champion School full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Extremely interesting work, Never boring. Very dynamic environment. Always something going on. Management has very high expectations of self, staff and students. I don't know a single person who works as hard as the Principal. The students at this school here have to be among the most confident, most academically advanced students anywhere. Very open environment. Lots of give and take. The student teacher ratio is crazy good. It's a great environment if you really want to make an impact on a child's progress and growth as there is a lot of time and support provided to a teacher to really make an impact. Excellent tuition benefit for a teacher's child.

    Cons

    This in not a place for people who want a lot of hand holding or have difficulty operating in a fast paced environment. Individuals who are not nimble or not high performers tend to have a difficulty keeping up with the expectations of parents, peers and management.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Frustrating at times"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Champion School full-time

    Pros

    Excellent place for those that want a great variety of tasks and can figure things out on their own, follow rules, be a self-starter, flexible, with thick skin. Lots of opportunity for problem-solving. No repetitive, boring tasks, because things are always moving and changing. There's lots of activity and energy. Tuition discount for your own children. Pays more than minimum wage. Occasional gift of baked goods (donuts, etc.) to staff from management. Surplus food from student parties given to staff. Generally cheerful children in the classes.

    Cons

    High demand for accuracy while following unclear or unexplained rules which sometimes seem illogical. Minimal training. Chaotic environment. No apparent chance of promotion. No benefits. Strong discouragement from taking days off. Frequent scolding and lectures from management. Large concern of management with *appearing* competent even while not actually competent. Sometimes seems like appearing competent is more of a concern than actually being competent. High work volume and not enough time to complete all tasks. Bi-monthly paychecks sometimes delivered more than a week after end of the pay period. Upper management is overworked with too many tasks, too, so things slip through the cracks.

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