Explore Schools Reviews

Updated Jun 18, 2020

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Explore Schools Executive Director and Superintendent  Carrie Mauer and Christina Froeb  (no image)
Carrie Mauer and Christina Froeb
5 Ratings
Pros
  • "Students and families are wonderful(in 4 reviews)

  • "Staff members (instructional and otherwise) care deeply for the students and their families and work hard to get results(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours with little support or guidance from leaders(in 11 reviews)

  • "Teachers have far from enough prep time to do everything that is required(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Incredible place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As an employee of Explore Schools for over 5 years, I can honestly say I've never worked in a more supportive, dedicated work environment. I've loved expereincing how hard work & expectations translate into significant growth in student achievement, and on a personal level, as a working mom, it's been wonderful to work for colleagues that value work/life balance.

    Cons

    You're held to high expectations, which can be a pro or a con... :)

  2. "Many opportunities to advance because of high turnover rate!"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - SPED Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Explore Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The kids are great. There is a strong culture built for students. There are some very passionate people who care about scholars working for this network.

    Cons

    -A lot of nepotism used when putting people in positions of power at certain schools. Leaders aren't transparent with teachers and other employees. They believe in direct and sensitive communication but the directness get clouded in all of the warmth and sensitivity. Prioritizes money over students best interest. SPED programs out of compliance very often and nothing is ever done about it. A lot of totalitarianism in certain schools.

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    Explore Schools Response

    June 20, 2020Superintendent

    Thank you for sharing this feedback. Serving our special education students well is central to our mission. Please feel free to reach out to me to talk about what you've experienced so I can learn more.

  3. "Teacher Development A Plus"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Education Administrator in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Explore Schools full-time

    Pros

    Teacher development, reflective network, approaching instruction from rigorous lens

    Cons

    Long hours that tend to take a toll on teacher morale

    Explore Schools Response

    June 20, 2020Superintendent

    Thank you for this review!

  4. "Experience"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Explore Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They off some Competitive pay

    Cons

    The hours you work are Long

    Explore Schools Response

    June 20, 2020Superintendent

    Thank you for this review!

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing support but overworked/micromanaged"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Teacher 

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

    Pros

    Amazing support from other teachers

    Cons

    Coaching often turned into micromanagement

    Explore Schools Response

    June 20, 2020Superintendent

    Thank you for this review.

  6. "A good organization with a clear mission."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiting Assistant 

    I worked at Explore Schools part-time

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers make it easier going to work every day.

    Cons

    Can't think of any.

    Explore Schools Response

    June 20, 2020Superintendent

    Thank you for this review.

  7. "Teacher"

    2.0
     

    I worked at Explore Schools

    Pros

    Students and families make the hard work worthwhile

    Cons

    High retention impedes progress Ill-equipped leaders Long hours

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fast paced work environment, opportunities for growth"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I met some really passionate people who were dedicated to the mission, the work is demanding and challenging. You can see the difference you are making in the day-to-day operations. Good benefits and great office space to work in.

    Cons

    There is a lot of shuffling of people around all the time. People leave and get reassigned to new roles all the time. I was hired for a specific position but my job was morphing into more management and less data analysis, which I did not prefer.

  9. "Growth Mindset"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Explore is a nice place to work, the leaders are constantly working on their own growth and that trickles down to the employees.

    Cons

    Everyone doesn't have the same mission

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  10. "Growing Community School"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Explore Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Competitive salary - Reflective and humble network leadership - Awesome community

    Cons

    - Inefficient systems - Still working on being a stable organization

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