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Head-Royce School Reviews

Updated July 26, 2017
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  1. "Brief Intern Perspective"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to learn effective teaching skills. Leadership is improving school every year.

    Cons

    Student body is not necessarily reflective of Oakland population. Somewhat traditional school.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The real Head Royce"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Head-Royce School full-time

    Pros

    Lovely campus and facilities, nice food service.

    Cons

    The administration doesn't value mature faculty/staff. They do not communicate well. Additionally, the surrounding neighborhoods are regarded as though they don't exist, which creates more problems for the school. The residents are expected to put up with problems the school creates, i.e. noise, poor parking practices, serious damage to streets by HR construction trucks, loud delivery trucks at all hours and more.

    Advice to Management

    Time to overhaul your practices; engage in a meaningful way with the school community. Respect differing points of view. Don't label some individuals as "trouble makers" and try to empathize.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "CFO runs a good thing into the ground"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Head-Royce School full-time

    Pros

    Great teachers and staff. Nice environment

    Cons

    CFO is ruining this place. Lack of ethics

    Advice to Management

    Learn ethics. Being fair. Not being vindictive


  4. Helpful (2)

    "growing pains"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Head-Royce School full-time

    Pros

    The faculty is amazing, humble and truely diverse. The campus is beautiful. Great reputation nationally.

    Cons

    The school has been around for a long time. There is a lot of history and baggage and in some ways they have not evolved their management and structures to get with the times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring amazing teachers but maybe reconsider the structure and staffing of your admin departments.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid! Unethical Administrators & Unfair Treatment of Staff"

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

    I worked at Head-Royce School part-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits (at least for my position, although I know administrative assistants were not paid fairly). Good location.

    Cons

    Unethical administrators who outright lie, unfair/unequal treatment of employees, terrible working conditions (work space, temperature & equipment). Lack of transparency in school culture, hierarchical structure with an "inner circle" of administrators who make bad decisions and are allowed to behave poorly. High turnover of staff due to the above.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff more equally, be more transparent, provide a better working environment. Get rid of Dennis Malone, the terrible COO who I wouldn't doubt is mismanaging operations.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Wondering what took the Trustees so long to make a change!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Head-Royce School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great campus, great faculty, top administrator had a vision but it was a vision that ultimately lost great talent (2 division heads, an assistant head of school and a number of great faculty and support staff). Really, it is great to know that the frame work at the institution is fairly strong...it is time for the school to recreate it's backbone with a person who really knows high standards, knows diversity in a ever changing world and knows how to grow that talent! It trickles down to the students as well!

    Cons

    There is no trust on many fronts. it will take real time to win over a culture that excels on a super high level yet reaches out to an ever changing world. Leadership is earned not appointed!

    Advice to Management

    Leadership is earned not appointed! Reach out to your recently departed administration (less conflict of interest) bring them on board as 2 month consultant. Appoint best valued interest and resolve current conditions as a fast track solution!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great School, some challenges"

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    Current Employee - Upper School Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Upper School Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful students and faculty. Some very kind administrators.

    Cons

    Lack of communication flow between faculty, administration and board of trustees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the faculty more.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Summer Camo"

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Head-Royce School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun experience working with the children. Great hours. Very organized camp with a lot of things to do. Loved my experience.

    Cons

    The camp has very tough conditions and is really hard on feet. Parents could be a bit overbearing at times. Pay is below average for a summer camp.

    Advice to Management

    Keep running the camp as organized as you do. This is the best summer camp in the Bay Area and the staff is great. Please pay your workers a little bit better. Our work far exceeded our pay.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "A once great school on a steady downward spiral"

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    Current Employee - Upper School Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Upper School Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Head-Royce School full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    colleagues are wonderful, students are strong and easy to work with

    Cons

    Very negative culture created by administrators. Low regard for teachers and seem to mostly seek high compensation for themselves. Marginal understanding of teaching by some admi. Very weak backbone by the administrators who know what is happening at the school is wrong but have been too weak to stand up to the Head of the school. Poor teacher retention as many strong older teachers are leaving as fast as they can find other situations. Too many time wasting activities that are far too silly or easy for high school students. Constant belt tightening as far as class sizes is now impacting the quality of program that is offered. Local press seems oblivious to the major internal conflict at the school.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and have integrity in what you say and do. Be reflective as to whether or not you really understand great teaching. Stop trying to run the school like a sales force as teachers don't respond well to carrots and sticks, but rather mainly to being treated with respect. The school needs a formal tenure program of some sort at this point to slow the steady departure of great teachers. Decades of long effort at creating a stable school have been blown apart in just 4 years.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "disenchanted"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    campus, employees, students,benefits, duties, view

    Cons

    job insecurity, balance of duties within, lipservice, tactics,

    Advice to Management

    say what you mean, mean what you say. power hog


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