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Success Academy Charter Schools Reviews

Updated Jun 14, 2019

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Eva Moskowitz
349 Ratings
  1. Helpful (9)

    "The chaos of the administration falls on the teachers"

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

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    The level of passion from fellow teachers is great. Students are often eager to learn. Good food catered.

    Cons

    It's their way or the highway. And good luck striking a work-life balance. Very demanding with little time baked in the day to prep. Student treatment needs to be revisited. Needs more racial diversity-- how could you not realize the problems with banning headscarves (to name just one example)?

    Advice to Management

    Teachers are spread way too thin between duties and lesson planning. The training felt less like a preparation for teaching, and more like a time to align teachers on their way of doing things. By the end of it, I was not confident in my ability to write a lesson. Restructure certain hierarchies-- content and classroom management ought not be separate.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-02-25
  2. Helpful (14)

    "If you have an interview... RUN! Farrr Faaar AWAY!"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great health benefits - Pre-tax metrocards - Paid holiday every time students are off - Unlimited snacks - Catered food often - Most importantly, the strong bonds you develop with students (if you are working in schools)

    Cons

    - NO work life balance. It is expected of you to work 50-60 hours a week and you are not compensated appropriately. You will not even receive a "thank you" for all the hard work you put in. - Most leaders do not care about your growth. They are mostly interested in what you can do for them, not the other way around. - If you voice your grievances, you will be blackballed. They will spread rumors about you and speak...

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    Advice to Management

    People are NOT robots. Stop treating them as such. Appreciate the talent you have before they become the talent you HAD.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-02-18
  3. Helpful (15)

    "Avoid At All Costs - UNIONIZE Now"

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      Former Employee - Associate Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Great Health Insurance, Listen to the Gimlet Media podcast about the state of Success Academy

      Cons

      If the choice was to work here or not work at all I would choose not work at all (and work hard at finding something you love), I was hired as an Associate Teacher (AT) last Summer and went through a 3 week 'training' at both the Upper West Side and then the Robeson center near Port Authority. I actually applied and went through the process while other 'teachers' were recruited via LinkedIn. It was strange people...

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      Advice to Management

      Stop ruining low income neighborhoods by taking their Public School funding away from them. Enough with the strict rules they are kids who can learn without all the non sense.

      Success Academy Charter Schools2019-01-31

      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      February 8, 2019Founder & CEO

      We’re sorry you were unhappy at SA, but it’s not surprising from your comments. It sounds like a bad fit for you. You seem to look down on “hairdressers, grocery baggers and worked at CVS” as being “strange” and “a red flag” — whereas we have nothing but respect for those who have ...

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    • Helpful (12)

      "Avoid like the plague"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time

      Pros

      Lots to do everyday, never a dull moment

      Cons

      Micro-management approach, no delegation which doesn't foster trust. SA manages by emergency constantly, and doesn't seem to mind the huge turnover rates, they just hire more employees and start the viscous cycle over. There is also a penchant to blame individuals for the failures of the leaders who set policies and goals that are not achievable.

      Advice to Management

      Plan. Delegate. Trust. Grow Employees and Treat everyone with respect everyday.

      Success Academy Charter Schools2019-01-29

      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      February 8, 2019Founder & CEO

      Thanks for your feedback and sorry you have not had a more positive experience. We take turnover and employee retention very seriously: this is a top priority for the organization and based on a diagnosis of the drivers/causes we are taking a multitude of actions to address and improve. ...

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    • Helpful (8)

      "An Extremely Challenging Year"

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      Former Employee - Lead Teacher in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      Kids were truly incredible, opportunities to go on some really cool field trips, very flexible spending budget for classroom necessities, teaching experience without a degree

      Cons

      Extremely intimidating approach from teachers to students and leadership to teachers, perfectionism culture, overly stressed teachers, students, leadership, no work-life balance

      Advice to Management

      -Make time to really absorb feedback from the teachers, students, parents. -Slow down on the expansion. -Build in more time for freedom of expression, curiosity and all around free time so the kids have an outlet. -Build a mentorship program to help with retention for new teachers so they can become successful lead teachers.

      Success Academy Charter Schools2019-01-28

      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      February 8, 2019Founder & CEO

      Thanks for your feedback and suggestion of mentoring program — we are in fact launching a mentoring program for new teachers this summer! We agree our kids are incredible. Delivering great schooling every day is hard and it can be stressful: the stakes are high and we do not allow ...

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    • Helpful (8)

      "Associate teacher - Success Academy"

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      Former Employee - Associate Teacher 

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

      Pros

      High pay. Professional development. Great Kids

      Cons

      Overworked employees. Abusive and non cooperative managers that dont care about the teachers well being

      Success Academy Charter Schools2019-01-28

      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      February 8, 2019Founder & CEO

      Thanks for your feedback and we agree that our kids are great. We do not condone disrespectful or belittling management and take very seriously such complaints. The role of school and instructional leaders is to support, train, and develop teachers so they are empowered to lead engaging ...

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    • Helpful (9)

      "Awful workplace and awful for the community"

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      Former Employee - Associate Teacher 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      benefits package is fair

      Cons

      Hostile environment. No room for creativity for the teachers or students. Encourages stressful learning environment and shaming children.

      Success Academy Charter Schools2019-01-24

      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      February 8, 2019Founder & CEO

      Thanks for your feedback and very sorry you did not have a positive experience. Teachers at Success receive a fully developed curriculum and lesson plans, as well as in-depth training in our progressive instructional model. This allows teachers to develop their own creative approaches ...

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    • Helpful (19)

      "Avoid At All Costs If You Value Your Self"

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      Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Bronx, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      The ability to connect with the children was truly amazing. They are all unique and talented in their own individual ways and to be able to cultivate and contribute to their social and academic development is truly a rewarding experience.

      Cons

      Where To Begin.. 1.) There is absolutely NO work life balance. Working here is committing yourself to LONG hours up 11hr work days, not accounting for the work you go home and have to do. 2.) NO Breaks. Your prep periods are used for work an meetings. If you are seen not working then it will be noted and later brought up to discredit your work ethic. Be prepared to eat and work, if you eat at all. 3.) No real support...

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      Advice to Management

      Invest in truly supporting your teachers and getting to know the community you serve.

      Success Academy Charter Schools2019-01-12

      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      January 17, 2019Founder & CEO

      We’re very sorry to read that you had a negative experience working at SA. We are transparent about the fact that teachers work hard — in their first months in particular, they are learning many new skills and hours can be long; this is the case for brand-new teachers in any school ...

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    • Helpful (16)

      "0 Stars. Truly."

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      Former Employee - Staff 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

      SA does offer a competitive salary, on site workout classes at the end of the day – in my opinion a tactic to keep you there longer--, and decent benefits while you’re there. They provide tons of snacks and food in the TWR. Does this outweigh the toxic mentality of SA, that’s up to you as a potential recruit to decide.

      Cons

      Working at SA is a questionable experience. I do not advise that you be a mid-year hire at the schools. Unless you start in June/July, you’ll be relying on yourself to learn things, if you learn anything at all. The staff is extremely cliquey and catty. They gossip about parents and do not bother to consider the serious life issues most families have. As there is a great economic disparity between the faculty and the...

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      Advice to Management

      Invest in sensitivity training.

      Success Academy Charter Schools2019-01-07

      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      January 17, 2019Founder & CEO

      We’re sorry that you did not have a positive experience. We know that being a brand-new teacher is tough, which is why all of our teachers receive ongoing support. New teachers receive 450 hours of training over the course of the year, as well as daily guidance, coaching, and feedback ...

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    • Helpful (9)

      "Associate Teacher"

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      Former Employee - Associate Teacher 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

      Nice salary on paper, paid vacation (standard), Free laptop and phone stipend, Nice teachers who are young, eager, and fun to kick it with

      Cons

      Workplace culture, $50k a year isn't worth 15 hour days with no overtime, Overall sense of dread among all employees, Could be fired at any moment (ranging from illness to not having student attention as one's principal enters the room), No work/life balance, No room for creativity or expression (both as a teacher or student) I remember having a parent take my hands in hers with tears in her eyes. She begged me to...

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      Advice to Management

      Let teachers teach and stop holding back students for a grade simply because they didn't score high enough on tests that get you bonuses. Also stop encouraging teachers to mentally and verbally abuse students for results and order through discipline. Also, ease back on the cult of Eva. The charter indoctrination is haunting.

      Success Academy Charter Schools2018-12-31

      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      January 17, 2019Founder & CEO

      We’re sorry that you did not have a positive experience. We are very transparent during the hiring process that when you are a brand-new teacher and have so much to learn, the hours can be long. Strong organizational and time management skills — as well as a willingness to ask for ...

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