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Mastery Charter School Reviews

Updated July 9, 2018
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Pros
  • "Professional Development in your content area to support your instructional growth" (in 13 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. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, Opportunities for growth, Benefits, Communities we serve, and Leadership

    Cons

    Teacher Turnover and Hours

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to keep staff longer. More Focus Groups and Follow up


  2. "Teacher"

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    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

    Good pay and benefits, I am given some supplies for my room.

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of work

  3. "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


  4. "Be Very Careful"

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    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.


  5. "Great place to go work"

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    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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "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. "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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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!!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great team. High expectations."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive team. Aware of cultural context. Safe school environment. Great kids. High expectations for students and team. Students grow at high levels academically.

    Cons

    I felt micromanaged. Heavy workload is increased by hours of Professional Development each week. Required attention to specific, mandatory details that apply to everyone and are checked regularly gets tedious. Constant observations.

    Advice to Management

    Give teachers room to grow and be creative in their own way!


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