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Mastery Charter School Reviews

Updated May 7, 2018
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Pros
  • Professional Development in your content area to support your instructional growth (in 14 reviews)

  • Great pay and benefits, high quality pd for leaders and teachers, opps for upward mobility (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance does not exist (in 19 reviews)

  • No work/life balance; little ability to grow as a teacher (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Mastery is an organization that can you can stay at forever!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mastery Charter School full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mastery is full of passionate, intelligence, and dedicated teachers and administrates. Its value of "student achievement above all" drives all decisions. Mastery provides its teachers with a tremendous amount of support and assistance.

    Cons

    The level of support and knowledge among administrators varies greatly.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that all APIs are held to the same standards and offer the same level of support and feedback to ensure that all teachers feel supported.


  2. "Classroom aid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mastery Charter School full-time

    Pros

    Great kids, easy going co workers

    Cons

    Long hours, difficult break times

  3. "Be Very Careful"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Camden, NJ
    Former Employee - Teacher in Camden, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mastery Charter School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, normal school hours, freedom to design own lessons, supportive social work department. This can be a good opportunity if you vet the school you will be working at within the organization.

    Cons

    Some students come from severe trauma. While teachers and social work understands this, culture and administration have a continuously changing set of rules and expectations; some they choose to enforce because they feel like it, other severe things get pushed under the rug on a whim. This leaves teachers to deal with occasionally absurd and possibly dangerous behavior that shouldn't ever be in a classroom. When these occur culture does not follow up with student or teacher despite what may have happened.

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear, concrete set of standards for the school. Do not negotiate punishments when students are dangerously behaving. Choose your administration and upper staff wisely.


  4. "Great place to go work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mastery Charter School full-time

    Pros

    Salary is great, benefits, ceo, mission is definitely for the students

    Cons

    Good amount of paperwork


  5. "Great Place to Learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mastery Charter School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - supportive administration
    - opportunities to learn
    - many leadership pathways

    Cons

    - work life balance does not exist


  6. "Excellence. No Excuses."

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

    I have been working at Mastery Charter School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Teacher advancement system. Lots of support for teachers in their first year.

    Cons

    Grading policy allows students to get by each grade without attending summer school or being retained. Stressful work not enough pay.


  7. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mastery Charter School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of support given

    Cons

    Very large work load given

  8. "Don't Do It!"

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

    I worked at Mastery Charter School full-time

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, good health/dental

    Cons

    Poor student behavior, long hours, lack of support, no work/life balance, uninteresting curriculum

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your teachers and help them!!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "What makes Mastery Great"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - High School Math Teacher
    Current Employee - High School Math Teacher
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mastery Charter School full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -plenty of room for advancement from one teaching level to the next
    -hard work is valued and rewarded
    -opportunity to work with other teachers and administration that have the best interest of the students in mind
    -constantly working to improve cultural competency as an organization
    -value work-life balance
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    Cons

    -smaller student bodies within each school make it hard to offer course offerings that are as diverse as some other districts but individual campuses are working hard to improve that

    Advice to Management

    Continue to expand course offerings at individual campuses while working hard to promote work life balance!


  10. "Not a Good Fit"

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    Current Employee - Secondary Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Secondary Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mastery Charter School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Inspiring, intellect colleagues
    Decent compensation
    New teacher support and coaching
    Clear expectations and whole school systems

    Cons

    Administration does not do enough to develop and keep veteran teachers
    Administration has varied levels of experience and content knowledge

    Advice to Management

    Show teachers and staff that you genuinely value them and their hard work


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