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Commonwealth School Reviews

Updated January 12, 2017
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  1. "An exciting, stimulating, often exhausting place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Commonwealth School full-time

    Pros

    Warmth of the relations between students and teachers.
    Extremely motivated students operating in an environment that emphasizes cooperation and mutual support much more than competition.
    Good opportunities for ongoing professional development.

    Cons

    Students are under a lot of pressure (often self-imposed, sometimes from family) to achieve, and can suffer a little from that pressure.
    The workload is considerable, even by schoolteacher standards.


  2. "Small schools have pros and cons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great small community- definitely a friendly environment

    Cons

    Not much room for upward mobility. Small shop makes for rigid lines and low salaries

  3. "A great school; not so great benefits."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth School full-time

    Pros

    Teachers are very dedicated. Students seem very happy. Overall it is a friendly environment full of highly intelligent people.

    Cons

    For administrative staff, time off is not generous: staff do not get paid vacation during their first year; Teachers get the full two weeks for winter and spring break while the staff only get one; There are less paid holidays than usual. Staff can only take vacation in the summer. Teachers have flexible schedules; staff are not afforded the same flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    Be less rigid.


  4. "Great students, unhappy atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Commonwealth School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The students are very keen to learn, organized, thoughtful and often really participate in their education and community. They love being at the school.

    Cons

    Pressure is intense, and there's a drive for homogeneity and uniformity in the faculty. It is a tiny community, so you are either one of them or not one of them. There is a lot of noise and choas in the building, and no place to work quietly, talk privately, or even think. Being a student is wonderful, but being faculty is exhausting, depressing, and grinding - you are always worried you might misstep.

    Advice to Management

    Faculty are not encouraged to grow, nor believed in and defended, except people who have been there 30 plus years. Also, no space to work quietly, and expectations are often held up as though they are clear, when they are not clear. This creates confusion and low morale.