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Success Academy Charter Schools Education Manager Reviews

Updated May 15, 2019

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Eva Moskowitz
7 Ratings
  1. "High Expectations, High Reward"

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    Current Employee - Education Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Rewarding work and a lot of opportunities for growth/promotion. The company values development and has a strong culture of constructive feedback. School leadership is strong and organized.

    Cons

    Demanding work that requires an organized, competitive personality.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-05-15
  2. "Position Description"

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    Current Employee - Education Manager in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, friendly environment, data driven.

    Cons

    The hours of work are long. Need to have a good personal and work life balance.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-05-04
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Stay far away"

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    Former Employee - Education Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Competitive salary and decent benefits

    Cons

    Incredibly strict and stressful environment for kids, parents, and staff. Principals and teachers put so much pressure on the kids to pass state exams that they have complete mental breakdowns on exam days. Unreasonable deadlines for leadership that force unbearably long hours.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-04-29

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    May 13, 2019Founder & CEO

    Thanks for your feedback. Our schools serve the families of 17,000 New York City students; this year another 17,000 families applied to send their children to a Success Academy school. These families have done their research and have a clear understanding of the SA school design and ...

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  4. Helpful (17)

    "Literally, the worst job of my life"

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    Former Employee - Education Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -The pay is above market rate, but when you factor in the number of hours you're expected to work, it's not -The teacher work room has unlimited snacks -Benefits are good, but good luck finding the time (or energy) to use them -Students often end up receiving high test scores, but they also end up dealing with Success-induced depression and anxiety (check out StartUp's Success Academy podcast series for more info)...

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    Cons

    So. Many. Cons. I should note that your experience really depends on the school in which you are placed. To start, network lied to me, told me the school I interviewed at was not my permanent placement but my training placement and that my permanent placement would be within 50 minutes from my home (the school I interviewed at was a 1.5-2 hour commute each way). A month in, my principal told me not to expect a closer...

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    Advice to Management

    You REALLY need to start valuing your staff members. The type of turnover that has become normalized at Success is NOT what's best for students. Additionally, it is VERY important to have racial bias training. Any teacher white teacher who doesn't believe they have white privilege should not be at Success.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-03-05

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    March 20, 2019Founder & CEO

    We’re sorry that your time with us was not satisfying. Our teachers are trained to respond in a neutral tone when a student misbehaves, and while we believe in close classroom management and have high expectations for student behavior, we absolutely do not believe in or condone yelling ...

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  5. Helpful (13)

    "Soul Crashing"

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

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Students are amazing! There is no doubt that the everyone is trying to do the "best" but their style is so harmful and counter productive.

    Cons

    All the teachers are in their 20s, with little experience, they are teaching students with IEPs that are very complicated. The employees are not valued at all. You either survive, or they make you feel like "we really don't care about you anyway, so leave". Within the few months have worked there, 5 teachers left: were fired, quit or a no-show one day.

    Advice to Management

    This is a terrible business model. For the sake of the students you serve, I hope it won't fail but can't see how it can not!

    Success Academy Charter Schools2018-07-20
  6. "Demands high expectations"

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    Former Employee - Education Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Success is an incredibly organized charter school network, with a thoughtful chain of command and clear hierarchy. As far as their students, Success truly does do everything in their power to make their education the best it can be.

    Cons

    Success often puts too many expectations upon one individual, especially in those instances when a school team is incomplete. Other individuals are expected to pick up the slack, but the expectations by which they are evaluated remain unchanged. Success also approaches special education unlike other charter school networks, and while it usually results in more students getting the help they need faster than any other...

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    Success Academy Charter Schools2017-08-18
  7. Helpful (12)

    "Education Manager"

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    Former Employee - Education Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    School-based staff have a tremendous commitment to students and the mission to close the opportunity gap. Despite the many critiques I have of senior management and the at times negative adult culture they encourage, I can say without doubt, that the vast majority of school-based staff are highly committed to their students and families. Staff regularly work 60+ hour weeks to ensure their students get the highest quality...

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    Cons

    The organization is expanding beyond its capacity and this is reflected in a very competitive and toxic work environment that includes: - Leaders who are too young and ill equipped to lead a staff of 40+ - Incredibly high turnover - Lack of transparency around policy decisions: most recently they did not tell staff until the end of the school year that they would not pay them through the summer. - A human capital...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop expanding and recruit experienced leaders.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2016-09-02
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Mission and Development"

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    Current Employee - Education Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing staff and support in the schools I have worked in.

    Cons

    Growing Network which leads to growing pains.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2016-05-14
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    "Ruthless approach to human resources"

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    Current Employee - Education Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Many staff are promoted quickly. Many career pathways available.

    Cons

    No real strategy for retaining staff. Staff do not feel valued. Lots of miserable people working here.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2016-05-15
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Culture of excellence"

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    Current Employee - Education Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Success holds extremely high expectations not only for its students, but also for its employees. It's been a fantastic experience working with like-minded individuals who are incredibly committed to teaching and moving kids. The leadership team is involved in all academic decisions and are quick to address teacher concerns. Teachers collaborate and share best practices to help develop each other as well as first-year...

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    Cons

    Working for Success is very demanding. The schools hold extremely high expectations, and teachers/leaders work for a minimum of 10 hours a day. You really must dedicate yourself to the mission and the work that you do, otherwise it will be incredibly difficult to be successful.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2015-10-01
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