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Explore Schools Reviews

Updated February 5, 2019
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  1. "Network Director"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Explore Schools (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As someone who has worked in a variety of school settings, Explore Schools is a unique community where all people are valued from staff to students and families. This, combined with the small size of the network and a one-size-doesn't-fit-all mentality, allows schools to be creative in the way that they meet the needs of students and teachers. At the network level, we are able to work together, respond to feedback, and problem solve quickly while making sure that all constituents are able to provide input..

    Cons

    The network does have less money than larger Charter Management Organizations which can result in fewer resources and lower salaries. However, we are working to manage funds in a way that addresses this problem.


  2. "Unorganized Network. Very Disappointing"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Explore Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary is decent here. If you are a young person 22-30 there are a lot of opportunities to build lasting friendships with other staff members, good for people who are new to this city.

    Cons

    This place is so disorganized from the network leaders all the way down to the individual building leaders. There is nothing that is well thought out or rolled out to teachers and it creates a chaotic environment where teachers and students cannot thrive. the leaders here are very inexperienced and unprofessional. From the way that they dress to the way that they speak to employees it creates a place that no one would want to work at. every teacher is held to different expectations and it seems as though more people can get away with things that others cannot. They love to ask for your feedback but they do not really care or respect it. the leaders here make judgments based on 1 or 2 observations and that seems to follow you throughout your career here no matter how much you improve as a teacher. If you want to work at a charter school there are so many more well developed networks that will support new teachers in their journey of education and this is definitely not the place where good solid teacher development happens.

  3. "They only care about race"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Explore Schools (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits and pay.
    They have money to spend.
    Positive vibe... even if it's a little forced sometimes.

    Cons

    awful work to life balance. They only care about stats and hiring minorities. They let the kids get away with everything and don't stand up for their teachers. Teachers literally cried on a daily basis. Your day was filled with meetings, so there was no time to do actual work.


  4. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Explore Schools full-time

    Pros

    - Pay is excellent
    - Benefits are good
    - Students and families are wonderful
    - Fellow teachers are helpful

    Cons

    - You will be micromanaged on every level
    - No room for creativity in lessons
    - Unrealistic expectations
    - High turn over and burn out rate


  5. "They take a chance on you, but you hit the ground running"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Explore Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - lots of professional development
    - Inclusive
    -competitive salary for college graduates
    - collaborative team

    Cons

    - PD takes away from doing work
    - Progressiveness takes away from professionalism
    - clique-y
    - Culture team needs more guidance.
    - collaboration only works with people who want to do well.

    Advice to Management

    find people who want to bring the school up not just make money (culture team)


  6. "Doesn't Represent Neighborhood"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Explore Schools full-time

    Pros

    Some leaders actually care about the staff.
    Good benefits package.

    Cons

    Poor academic structure.
    Consistently failing scores (math)
    Need more diversity in upper management


  7. "Growing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Explore Schools full-time

    Pros

    -helpful
    -mindful
    -a good place to start

    Cons

    lack of diversity in leadership

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Explore Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great teachers and students
    Communication
    Student oriented

    Cons

    Not much work/life balance
    Little support from leadership team
    Little to no support from network (network team doesn't seem to know what the teachers are doing and throws new work at teachers)
    No plans/consequences for extreme behaviors from Culture team; therefore same behaviors keep happening
    Easily burnt out
    Not many positive words from leadership team- always receiving criticism and ways to make my classroom better


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Operations Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Explore Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice schedule, lots of food.

    Cons

    Low salary! They expect you to do so much for them with anything in return.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people who are lazy and barely have experience to be a "leader". People who actually work hard get no recognition.


  10. "Overworked and Underqualified"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Explore Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Staff is friendly
    - Parents are supportive
    - Easy to speak with administration
    - Resources for classroom can be made available

    Cons

    - Contracted for a 9 hour work day
    - Professional Development and Coaching is not consistent
    - School changes their instructional vision often
    - High turnover
    - Many staff are not qualified to be teaching what they are according to NYS requirements