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

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

    I have been working at Champion School part-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Need to conduct classes for the parents on raising kids and motivating them so that we are even more effective, particularly with slower kids.


  2. "High Standards and High Expectations for all"

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

    I have been working at Champion School full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Automate more -- Things such as application submission and grade entry..... should be digitized.

  3. "Teacher"

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

    I worked at Champion School part-time (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.


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

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

    I have been working at Champion School full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to let go of under-performers sooner, not continue to persist for many many months. When a person is not a good fit, it creates unnecessary tension and unnecessary burden for others and slows things down. Even the under-performing individual is usually unhappy.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Frustrating at times"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    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.

    Advice to Management

    Hire an office manager to get the nuts and bolts organized if upper management does not have the time to do it. Go digital to help organize and maintain all kinds of records. Praise and thank more often.