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Updated Jun 17, 2021

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2.8
34%
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25%
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Success Academy Charter Schools Founder, CEO Eva Moskowitz  (no image)
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634 Ratings
Pros
  • "The professional development you find at success is truly hard to come by(in 83 reviews)

  • "High accountability for both scholars and teachers, which helps both of us grow(in 64 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Poor work/life balance that can result in easy burn-out if not cautious(in 173 reviews)

  • "It requires a lot of work and long hours(in 130 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great

      May 7, 2021 - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great place to work at love it

      Cons

      Nothing bad to say for this place

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      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      Founder & CEO

      Thank you for your feedback, and for the work you are doing for our scholars!

    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Success Academy Charter Schools

      Feb 24, 2021 - Lead Teacher in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Teaching anywhere is a difficult job, but Success makes it much easier for teachers to do their job by providing all lesson plans and materials before hand. This removes the added stress of lesson prep and lets you focus on how to best deliver content to your scholars. Success Academy has also built a well-connected network of teachers and experts who will provide support for you at every turn. Material is shared regularly among teachers, and there is always someone offering help and added support when you need it. Success also greatly values teachers owning their class, so there is a lot of room for you to make your teaching practice yours (this lack of hand-holding might not be ideal for some, especially beginner teachers, but it goes a long way in forming you!). The school network owns training their own teachers, so a degree in education is not required. There are, of course, opportunities for you to get said degree if you want to: the school offers a Master's degree at Hunter College, Besides all of these, personally, I love the curriculum at Success, particularly for science. The way it is made makes science a joy to teach: the emphasis on inquiry, and systems thinking really creates strong scholars. The school's mission, as well, is one that I agree with.

      Cons

      The behavior management system can be difficult to master at first. Behavior management is important, and greatly determines if you will even get through your lesson. But the specific way it is done at Success was tough for me to get behind at first (it does become second nature after a while)

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      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      Founder & CEO

      Thank you so much for your feedback. We work hard to train and develop our teachers so that they have the tools and knowledge they need to run peaceful, focused classrooms free from disruption. We are happy to hear you feel supported in your role!

    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Fast-paced working environment

      Mar 21, 2021 - Associate Teacher in Springfield Gardens, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Improved work/life balance -Professional development -Opportunities for advancement -Collaborative Overall, as a new teacher working with Success Academy in this particular location I've found that it has been tremendously helpful to my professional development as a teacher overall. There are many online resources in addition to school leadership and grade band staff to help with day-to-day tasks. The work-life balance has improved and I find is highly respected at this location. I find that my advancement as a teacher and integral member of the overall team is always being considered and supported, and the collaboration amongst school leaders and all teachers in different grades is consistent.

      Cons

      -Long hours -Independence It is a given that as a teacher you will be working long hours in order to be fully prepared for lessons and the day as a whole. Working with Success Academy, you must be very strategic to how you spend your professional time in order to account for your personal time. While the work-life balance has improved in this location, it is up to the individual to divvy up their time accordingly to make sure responsibilities are met. There is a level of independence you need to have at the beginning, which may be a little difficult if you are new to this career path. Although there are supports in place to help you start out, the amount of information and resources can be overwhelming if you take on everything at once.

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      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      Founder & CEO

      Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate the hard work, flexibility, and ingenuity of our teachers during this time! You make thoughtful points: While SA works hard to support new teachers, in the beginning they must acclimate and learn to manage their own time.

    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      A revolving door

      Jun 2, 2021 - Teacher in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Decent benefits package for a new graduate -Depending on the school, friendly co-workers in general -Easy to land an interview

      Cons

      -Terrible work/life balance. 60 hours a week, work spills over into weekend -Unnecessary duties such as calling parents weekly by phone. Many parents did not want this nor did they have time for it. -Pay isn't spectacular -SA's very particular way of teaching can get annoying and often seems counter-productive

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Working here is an experience

      May 27, 2021 - Grade Team Leader 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Opportunity to learn on your feet and in the moment- where honestly is how you'll make the most growth. -There are great kids at these schools. The way you teach will determine if they come out and shine or not. -You quickly learn to navigate politics, especially if this is your first job out of college, as it was mine. -You can see the fruit of your labor as a teacher in real time. It feels good. -Positions are entry level for anyone, with no certification or teaching experience needed (initially at least).

      Cons

      -There are incredibly high expectations for both children and adults (to the point that if you asked anyone who works at most of the schools, they have a "crying spot" where they go to cry when the going gets rough- AKA at least once a month). -The expectations foster an incredibly competitive environment (The competition can get ugly at some schools. People will cut corners, cheat, and be rude and ruthless just to get their data up). -"No certification needed" can also lead to working with individuals that do not understand child psych, differentiated learning, etc. This can lead to a tough co-teaching environment, as most co-teaching pairs are a strong and weak teacher (again, looking for high data). -Overall, these schools are not a good environment for SPED. Children with disabilities are not helped in the proper channels at all schools. High IEP numbers and positions within the school created to help with Special Education are mainly to get testing accommodations to again, help get higher data for the school and network as a whole. Families are told the school is not "the best fit" for their child so they drop out instead of getting kicked out. -There are lots of politics. This is inevitable in any workplace, but is next level at such a large charter network. You'll find teachers doing things they don't believe in because they were told to by an assistant principal who doesn't believe in it, because their principal told them.... the list continues. -Job growth is promised, and is seen to a degree. You'll only get far if you have "the data." -Interested in how the Black Lives Matter movement was handled during the pandemic? Check the instagram @survivors_of_successacademy to learn more.

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      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      Founder & CEO

      Thank you for your feedback. We work hard to foster an atmosphere of excellence and collaboration at our schools, and have seen significant improvement in teacher retention. We are sorry and troubled to hear that such a competitive environment existed for you. For our special education scholars, we are deeply committed to giving them the time and support they need to master challenging, meaningful content that will prepare them for success in college and beyond. Thank you for your time with us.

    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to learn and grow!

      Jun 16, 2021 - Operations Associate in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      - Extensive Training - Opportunities to lead projects - 1:1 with leadership

      Cons

      None, I am pretty happy with the company,

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Not enough work/life balance

      Jun 16, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great benefits and wonderful families you create bonds with

      Cons

      micro-managing, not enough work-life balance cared for

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Leadership lacks vision

      Jun 15, 2021 - English Teacher in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Staff is super dedicated, good people that love kids

      Cons

      No support from leadership, no systems

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    9. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Thoughts

      Jun 15, 2021 - Lead Teacher in Bronx, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great educational environment to teach the youth.

      Cons

      Be prepared to endure long hours and lots of work

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Review

      Jun 9, 2021 - Associate Teacher 
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      You get to work for amazing students.

      Cons

      Most of the things you have heard or read about SA is true. Very data driven, a lot of time and investment beyond school hours, pressure from leadership to have your class performance up without real guidance.

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