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Mastery Charter School Reviews

Updated July 15, 2017
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  • No work/life balance; little ability to grow as a teacher (in 14 reviews)

  • Teachers and students are treated like numbers (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Smart people chasing what works"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mastery Charter School full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work with smart, mission driven people always looking for the next best way to drive student achievement. Great pay and benefits, high quality pd for leaders and teachers, opps for upward mobility. Good fit if willing to work hard and be flexible and adaptable to change.

    Cons

    Sometimes move too quickly and take on too many initiatives - emphasis on big new ideas with less focus on thorough implementation.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Special Education Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher, Elementary School in Camden, NJ
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher, Elementary School in Camden, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mastery Charter School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Numerous opportunities to grow as a teacher through leadership/teacher lead positions
    -Professional Development dates on calendar so staff can receive training to further their education
    -Collaboration between colleagues is wanted daily
    -Time for teachers/staff to PLAN during the school day/professional development days
    -Grading/report card grading is completed during teacher time (other school districts make you do this on your own time)
    -Salary is higher than the average school district, and Mastery is performance based which means you get RAISES and PROMOTIONS based on your outstanding performance
    -Feedback on your instructional performance is given daily/weekly, which makes you grow constantly as a teacher

    Cons

    -Our population of students can be difficult. Students come with a lot of baggage.
     But teachers and stuff make such a positive impact on their lives that it is VERY rewarding.

  3. "English 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

    Room for upward mobility
    Everyone works hard
    Good pay and benefits
    Value and implement staff feedback
    Students' learning and best interests are the focal point of every conversation
    My admin allows for some flexible scheduling with preps to balance work/family

    Cons

    Turnover
    Schedules/mandates that sometimes seem illogical
    Little pay/value in continuing education
    Some people in leadership have minimal experience in the classroom
    Not a lot of events for families to attend

    Advice to Management

    Value veteran teachers, mentor new teachers, bring in content experts in the different academic fields, create more meaningful family connections (partnerships between staff and parents)


  4. "Special Education 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

    -Professional Development in your content area to support your instructional growth
    -Collaboration between staff ensuring student achievement above all
    -Challenging our students with the rigorous instruction

    Cons

    -Supporting students with behavioral and emotional needs while keeping the instructional bar high


  5. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, they hire on one's ability to do the work-not simply base on previous job title.

    Cons

    Lacked in work-life balance. Expectation that everyone is/should be an A type personality.

    Advice to Management

    Educational organizations should be inclusive of various learning styles of its employees.


  6. "Solid"

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    Former Employee - Attendance Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Attendance Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mastery Charter School part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, organization generally seems to be a functional improvement for the area.

    Cons

    Easy to get stressed out, typical issues with charter schools and poverty.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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

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    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.

  8. "Great Organization"

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    Current Employee - Teacher/Athletic Director in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher/Athletic Director in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Healthcare, Salary Compensation and opportunity to grow. When you work at Mastery they truly care about your personal growth as a teacher or leader. They provide you with Professional Development to better serve your students and they are not afraid of change. If something doesn't work, they fix it and involve staff members to provide feedback.

    Cons

    Longer school year (students attend for 190 days and staff is about 210)

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking feedback from veteran teachers, families and students to keep the organization going strong


  9. "OK experience"

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

    I worked at Mastery Charter School full-time

    Pros

    They care about students and student achievement.
    There are a lot of smart and good people there.
    Some of their schools are good places to be.

    Cons

    You will probably get burned out because the expectations are so high and are constant.
    A bunch of schools have had a lot of turnover.
    3.0 changes were well intentioned, but did not get implemented well

    Advice to Management

    Respect your staff. Treat them like people and consider what it is like to work at Mastery. Do you want churn and turnover or a long-term staff?


  10. "Hard work but rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Many opportunities for professional development
    -Students' success is their main focus
    - Always looking for ways to improve as an organization

    Cons

    - Long school year
    - If you can not manage your time then you can easily get stressed out

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your teachers. They are working on the front lines and know what is and what isn't working.


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