Charter Schools USA Employee Reviews about "new teachers"

Updated Aug 16, 2020

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Pros
  • "I am grateful for the opportunity to become a member of the CSUSA family(in 14 reviews)

  • "New teachers are supported to get certifications(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Pay has always been an issue with CSUSA(in 23 reviews)

  • "Poor salary, terrible benefits, very long hours, some evenings required(in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good for beginner teacher"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Teacher in Coral Springs, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charter Schools USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Will hire new teachers right out of college.

    Cons

    Pay and work-load for pay received.

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  2. "Decent Starter Teaching Job"

    3.0
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     in Homestead, FL
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charter Schools USA

    Pros

    New teachers are supported to get certifications. Faculty feels like a family. Most rooms are equipped with ample technology.

    Cons

    1. High Turnover. There is high turnover in the admin staff at the high school. High admin turnover contributes to uneasiness in the teaching staff which leads to turnover. Every admin comes in with their new vision and expectations and It is very hard to keep up with completely different expectations from year to year. Admin wonders why teachers that are veteran teachers are less likely to do timely lesson plans.... maybe if we didn’t have to change the format completely every other year to the newest corporate initiative and have several preps at the same time we might the more amenable to submitting the new plans. 2. Communication. Communication is weak from admin to teaching staff. 3. Lack of teacher recognition; they didn’t even do teacher of the year nominations and voting this year. They took away teacher of the month because not enough people voted. Treat your teachers like professionals instead of children please. Because this is a starter school teachers are better off moving to district after receiving their professional certification and because most teachers take advantage of this the teacher turnover is high leading to lower overall student achievement.

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  3. "The Corporate Version of School"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Teacher in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charter Schools USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is competitive (or at least it was for early career teachers in Miami Dade) & offered bonuses/incentives/additional stipends throughout the year. They attract some pretty incredible staff, and are always pushing new, innovative initiatives in their schools. I feel like they have a solid formula for their mid to high level achieving schools, but are not flexible in their "vision" when students or demographics do not conform to the "norm."

    Cons

    TEACHER POV: In true corporate fashion, employees at these schools are getting squeezed. Teachers have short breaks (often overtaken by pointless meetings), and unrealistic expectations when it comes to how things are supposed to be done. (Ie. Lesson plans were critiqued weekly. We were supposed to upload them to an online site with every literal minute, PowerPoint, “Strategy in place,” vocabulary word, station activity, student adjusted instruction for that specific lesson in them. I had 12 kids with IEPs in my “regular” classroom and had to write 2 sentences per student, per activity, per day what I was doing specifically to help them (VERSUS ACTUALLY HAVING THE TIME to put together the activity for them). They make it hard to take personal days, and require A LOT of mandatory after school "volunteer” hours. Coaches and admin do walk-throughs on an almost weekly basis (even once they know you are capable & will even admit that they are just coming in because they have to file the paperwork). It's tough work and most of the new teachers at our school never made it through November, adding inconsistency and a constant need for the rest of the staff to overcompensate in their stead. STUDENT POV: Students (“scholars”) go outside ONCE A WEEK for P.E. and are stuck inside our classrooms for unhealthy blocks of time based on age groups. There is a lot of CYA paperwork completed to prove support is in place for struggling students, but the actual execution is nowhere as good as it could be (mostly because teachers are spending so much time typing those perfect lesson plans & filing the relevant paperwork to cover ourselves and administration.) I was at a low performing school with a lot of students who needed additional emotional support and programs put in place, and instead, those students were subjected to additional after school tutoring when they were already struggling with attention issues. There are a million stories I could tell, but the bottom line is, Charter Schools USA is a corporation before all else, and the students will never be the priority. PERSONAL POV: While this may or may not resonate with others, I always had issue with the fact that at the beginning of the school year, there was a corporate “summit” where all the schools met up. The reason for the event (again mandatory) was to celebrate students and teachers from the previous and network with the people in the CSUSA family. Every year I was at my school, these summits were ALWAYS politically and religiously affiliated, and in no way were the speakers or interactions bipartisan or impartial. It was always an uncomfortable and (in my opinion) highly inappropriate use of their power as employers. They took the achievements of our peers and students and twisted it to push their own agendas. I would not recommend CSUSA based on my personal teaching mantra and goals for being an educator (aka helping students be all that they can be). But I do acknowledge that there are worse places, and hopefully, with a bit of time and changes in personnel, CSUSA will finally choose to prioritize the ones who really matter vs filling seats and gaining stats.

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Expendable pieces"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Charter Schools USA full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for new teachers to develop their skills

    Cons

    They treat teachers like expendable pieces of the puzzle...if you push back against anything that is asked of you (and much is asked of you), they will be happy to terminate you and hire the new college grad or career changer

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "too many regulations"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charter Schools USA full-time

    Pros

    love the students they are young and unaware of all the crap the teachers must put up with and comply to.

    Cons

    every week it's something different or new teachers must comply to. never enough time to teach with so many other requirements, i think they want us to do all the other teacher stuff, grading, preparing, copying and more afterschool or on our own time....I DONT THINK SO.!!! cut the crap

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  6. Helpful (4)

    "Corporate is a Joke"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Former Corp Employee of III Years in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charter Schools USA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Built some good friendships as I had seen so many smart talented people come and go. They think everyone is replaceable. Actually have a good teaching model, but they are a training ground for new teachers, that move on to better pay and companies.

    Cons

    Smoke and mirrors, the reports and graphs are not accurate. No job security, turnover is very very high. They take talent, chew it up and spit it out. If they stop building schools and locking them into contracts, the company will fold. It can not sustain, they burn all their bridges.

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Poor support, will cut you lose before giving you a chance"

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

    I worked at Charter Schools USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fellow teachers (for the most part)

    Cons

    Wage, cost of benefits, confusing and spotty help for new teachers, and don't dare go out on leave for illness because you won't have a job when you get back.

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  8. Helpful (10)

    "Assistant Principal"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Assistant Principal in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charter Schools USA full-time

    Pros

    It's small, so changes can take effect quickly. Families in some schools are very grateful for the opportunity and are very supportive of the school. Very warm environment. A lot of resources for teachers and a lot of technology. ***Although not all resources arrive on time. Some resources arrive as late as the spring, when the school year is almost over. Providing an alternative to students that do not want to attend their zoned school.

    Cons

    The pay is about 10K+ less than the district for APs and more depending on your experience. The contract is for 12months, so that makes the pay gap even greater. There is no union, so sometimes there is a culture of abuse towards employees. Not that unions are wonderful, but they have fought for general employment rights and sometimes these are not followed at CSUSA,( ie. work hours vary from site to site, some schools have blackout days for PTO. Lacks consistency, in contract start dates. New teachers get paid the same, but have a longer contract up to 5 unpaid days earlier than returning teachers.) Lack of consistency in year to year implementation. They invest a lot time and money in a product and before you know it the product is out the door and they have a new one. TEST OVERLOAD- students are tested up the wazooooo. A lot more test than the district schools and student achievement is not very different from neighborhood schools, although they like to manipulate the numbers and make it seem like it is. It's not. District schools with similar demographics have data similar or better than CSUSA schools. This depends on the school, but overall CSUSA schools are not performing better than the district. They keep building schools and this takes funds away from existing schools which pay management fees of 1 million per year. Also the money that they are spending on new schools takes away from being able to pay teachers competitive wages. They have weird policies such as not giving references to employees that have done good work. This makes it harder to leave and they say that they do not give references because they do not want to be liable for an former employees work. Have you ever heard such nonsense? I've never a case where a company was sued for providing a good reference. This is typical CSUSA logic, so get ready... Lastly, it's the Sherry and Jon Hage show. It's a weird cult like feeling. They promote people in a nepotistic cult like way. There is high turnover in the Fort Lauderdale Management office and people get promoted that do not have any credentials. It's hard to have respect for the "district office" when people aren't qualified starting with the CEO and CAO/Chief Academic Officer.

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  9. ""Great starter-schools for new teachers""

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Charter Schools USA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Access to great resources and technology great support for new teachers

    Cons

    Too many assessments in addition to the ones required by the state....teachers feel micromanaged and distrusted as a result of monthly common assessments

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  10. Helpful (7)

    "RUN!"

    1.0
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    Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charter Schools USA

    Pros

    You will meet other good teachers and share horror stories while talking about all the other schools you're trying to get into.

    Cons

    #1. NEW TEACHERS ONLY. They will only hire first year teachers, unless extremely desperate…but every experienced teacher who comes in the doors, ends up going out VERY quickly. So essentially you have a school for of brand new teachers every year… #2. LIES. Everything in this school is built upon a bunch of lies just so they can make money off of the kids. They create an illusion and tell the community that our teachers do SO much more than the public schools (there’s some truth to that) and that therefore makes us better etc…They tell them we have an awesome curriculum…ahem I mean ‘Curriculum Map’ that obviously was not written by anyone in education…and it just “guides you” with no books, no resources…you’re practically making up everything you do. Oh and don’t expect admin to fulfill any of their promises, those are just lures to get you to work that and or work even harder. #3. LARGE SPLIT CLASSES ALL THE TIME. Want to teach a class of 30? Get used to it…due to all the teachers constantly quitting and subs not wanting to return to the school, you will often have classes split up and be teacher random other students you don’t even have desks for! #4. Megabinders, DPPs, Walk Throughs… etc…You will not only have to submit MINUTE BY MINUTE AGENDAS online through their forms, but also PRINT OUT EVERYTHING YOU DO UNDER THE SUN and place it in both your megabinder and your DPP folder. You will need to also “Diary” every day you teach. Talk about environmentally unconscious, the amount of paper the school goes through is ungodly. You have to PROVE everything. You are guilty of not teaching well unless you document in multiple formats EVERYTHING YOU DO. Heaven forbid they walk in and you’re not exactly where the agenda said you should be…you’re like a whole 5 minutes off and now you’ll be told you’re wasting instructional time. (Who cares that there’s kids throwing things at each other in the class and no one picks up the phone when you called 7 people to come get the kid screaming in the back for the last 5 minutes…) No, all that matters is that you do this micromanaged chaotic educational style of teaching their way. Oh and please remember, no increments of time over 10 minutes…kids just can’t focus longer than that…switch it up constantly! #5. PATHIC EXCUSE FOR TRAINING. Training is NOT focused on education, but rather on how CSUSA is better and right in everything they do. (You'll constantly here the "Researched Proven" words thrown around...but then where is this biased research coming from? You’ll never find out. Oh and the lovely Mentorship program- yea you get a “Mentor”. You know, the people who actually stayed with the school at least half a year…they are now eligible to mentor you on how to teacher since they’ve been there with the company a whole 6-10 months before you . Most of them will also just teacher you how to stay under the radar and B.S. everything to get by. #6. NO LUNCH BREAKS OR PLANNING PERIODS. ILLEGAL AND YET IT CONTINUES? At CSUSA the first couple times you don’t get a lunch break, or you’re planning period is taking because you have to babysit some behaviorally challenged kids…they’ll tell you you’re just helping out and it won’ t always be like this…but it will be. Just maybe a week or two will be normal. Otherwise, expect to randomly not get a break several times a week. #7. DEMOGRAPHICS. CSUSA is in many poverty areas and expects brand new teachers without training to know how to deal with very difficult kids, non-English speaking children, and special needs. They will NOT give you support for this. Fights break out every day…and you see, it “looks bad” for guests visiting to constantly be seeing kids up in the office …so just “work it out in your classroom”. When you call for help…most the time they will not come. They also won’t expel students, because then they’d lose money. #8. TEACHERS WON’T STAY. Underpaid, overworked, & unsupported. Expect at least 20 to leave in less than a year…expect a class to have 2-4 teachers per year. You’ll be treated like an ignorant slave and thrown all over the place…you’ll also be expected to attend lots of mandatory meetings and extra school activities that are overtime…but don’t expect to be paid. #10. FEAR OF BEING FIRED CONSTANTLY. This school is always yelling at you telling you you’re not doing enough. Constantly sending in other people from higher up in the company to tell you how to do your job. They threaten all the time that it’s there way or the highway. Even if you’re an experienced teacher for 20 plus years they don’t care. Their business people apparently knows who to teacher inner city kids better than you… If the regional director just simply doesn’t like you because you expressed differing opinions…be prepared to be fired. Believe me this is just the tip of the iceberg… If someone tells you this company produces good schools and students they are either: A. An a non education major that does not yet know what a good school is B. Unaware as they’re still trapped in the lies due to short exposure of less than a year with the company so far C. Most likely a teacher wanting promotion quickly knowing that high turn over equals quick ladder climbing if you stay. D. Is a shareholder with this company and wants to add to the illusion that this school is awesome so they can make more money.

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