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

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    Current Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Champion School part-time for more than 4 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....

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    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.

    Champion School2015-07-08
  2. "Check this School out, but let my experience be a Warning"

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    Former Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Champion School full-time for more than 2 years

    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...

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    Advice to Management

    So much advice... But take a look at all of my Cons, because that did happen. Don't lie to yourself. but instead reflect on your personal flaws, and plan personal improvements for your business. Look through the Cons, and make it so those things never happen again for the sake of your employees, your students, and your own souls.

    Champion School2019-01-10
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganized management, sweet students"

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    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...

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    Advice to Management

    I hope many of these cons have been fixed over the past few years and trust that things have continued to improve!

    Champion School2017-11-16
  4. "High Standards and High Expectations for all"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Champion School full-time for more than 2 years

    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.

    Champion School2015-07-01
  5. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Champion School part-time for more 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.

    Champion School2015-06-29
  6. "A very rewarding/dynamic environment for the right person"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Champion School full-time for more than 4 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...

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    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.

    Champion School2014-11-06
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Frustrating at times"

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    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,...

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    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...

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    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.

    Champion School2014-08-27
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