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Success Academy Charter Schools Teacher Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2019

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Eva Moskowitz
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "SA helped me become an excellent teacher"

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    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong professional development, excellent support from leadership teams, lots of opportunities for advancement, great curriculum, culture of winning, and last, but certainly not least, the kids and families are wonderful

    Cons

    Long hours (it's an extended day school), there can be some pressure to attain great results for kids, and work-life balance can be a struggle

    Advice to Management

    Always encourage teachers to fight for their kids' development (academically and emotionally) and base everything we're asked to do in this

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-03-13
  2. "It's a job, not a career."

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

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits solid for a first job. Loved working with kids. If you can stick out the abrasiveness, it pays bills.

    Cons

    Poor professional development-- I observed about 7 times this year, each time being less than 10 minutes. Organization promotes a disciplinarian culture. People that rise to the top are consistently the most aggressive. As much as HR emphasizes "employees never yell at children," verbal abuse is the norm.

    Advice to Management

    Create a school environment where teachers actually want to stay more than a year or two. Teachers need to be able to express concerns without fear of retaliation. Employees and children are not expendable resources.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-07-17
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Not Great"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits Pay Snacks and lunch provided The kids

    Cons

    Depends entirely on what school you're placed at and who your leader is. We went through at least 4 different leadership which seems to be common. Teachers quit throughout the school year and it even seems expected from day one to lose people. A culture of fear, intimidation and rarely any valorization for staff work effort. No work life balance. You will be exhausted everyday and gaslit by leaders for not doing enough...

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    Advice to Management

    Focus on retainment and stability

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-07-10

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    July 17, 2019Founder & CEO

    I’m sorry you have not had a more positive experience. While we are very much focused on staff retention, none of our schools had this level of turnover among leadership this year so it’s not clear what you are referring to. Nevertheless, there certainly are times when current school ...

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Curriculum for Students"

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    Former Employee - Associate Teacher 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Students are great. Some teachers are great. Parents are great.

    Cons

    Micromanagement. Taxes. Too many applications for communication, they should streamline. Need longer permits for office hours for students. Needs more opportunities for upward mobility. You have teachers that stunt other teachers' growth by telling them that they can't do anything innovative. So teacher's morale is bad. Gossip culture.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to expand as your school size increases and become more flexible to make your procedures evolve to support the needs of teachers and their scholars.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-06-28

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    July 17, 2019Founder & CEO

    Thanks for your feedback. New teachers at SA by necessity focus their first months in the classroom on mastering the foundational skills of strong teaching — with ample support from the school leadership team and teacher leaders. As they gain confidence and experience, they start ...

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  5. "Great Pay, Great Benefits, High-Intensity Workspace"

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay and Great Benefits. Great place to grow your practice.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be inefficient with time.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-06-27
  6. "Challenging but Valuable"

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will become an incredible teacher. The PD is super high quality and you get very high level and frequent feedback. They have a ton of money and you have unlimited supplies, and the staff outings are fun. The teachers are also amazing and I made some of my closest friends there. When you leave, you can get a job anywhere.

    Cons

    It's really, really hard. It feels like whatever you do is never good enough. The hours are long. Admin sometimes looks the other way or participates when teachers are mean to students.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-06-27

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    July 17, 2019Founder & CEO

    Thanks for your feedback! It is true that teaching at any school is hard work, and teaching in SA schools, where we are truly working to deliver a world-class, transformational education for our kids demands a lot. We are striving for excellence and that commitment requires being ...

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  7. Helpful (7)

    "Overworked and underappreciated"

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

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

    Pros

    -Decent pay compared to many post-baccularate entry level positions. -No teacher certification required. (Good if you're uncertified and need the pay while you're trying to pass NYSTCEs) -Kids

    Cons

    Get ready to spend approximately 95% of your life (not counting sleep) AT WORK. -Micromanagement. Emphasis on militaristic style of teaching (they make you teach like a DRILL SARGENT). -LONG hours, LOTS of paperwork. Expect to stay in the building from 6:30 AM to 6 PM THEN go home and do hours of paperwork thru the night and weekends (on weekdays by the time I would finish I would only have enough time to get ready...

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    Advice to Management

    Self explanatory.. Understand that employees are only HUMAN BEINGS, not ROBOTS or overseas SWEATSHOP workers.

    Success Academy Charter Schools2019-06-24

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    July 17, 2019Founder & CEO

    Thanks for your feedback and we’re sorry you did not have a positive experience at SA. There are no two ways about it: Teaching is a demanding career. In every kind of school setting teachers report that work-life balance can be a challenge, and this is especially true in their first ...

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  8. "Overall great experience"

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      Former Employee - Lead Teacher 

      I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time

      Pros

      Quality teaching materials are provided to you.

      Cons

      The work environment can become very intense

      Success Academy Charter Schools2019-06-17
    • "a lot of work"

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      Current Employee - Associate Teacher in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      the kids are happy, they are willing to work really hard because of the parents!

      Cons

      a lot of learning and stuff to do, busy work

      Success Academy Charter Schools2019-06-16

      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      June 21, 2019Founder & CEO

      Thanks so much for your feedback and your commitment to kids! It is true that there is a lot to learn as a teacher — it is a highly-skilled and intellectual endeavor. With the supports that SA provides, the pace of improvement is rapid but it also takes years to truly master the art ...

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    • Helpful (4)

      "Bitter Sweet"

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      Former Employee - Art Teacher 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      Kids and Parents are great. Especially club parents they were so supportive and really came together to help for shows and performances.

      Cons

      No unity among the teachers (Very Clicky) , No support for teachers, No work/life balance, often it felt like you were on your own as a talent teacher. I can not even imagine what the homeroom teachers went through.

      Advice to Management

      Be kind to your staff. There is no need for intimidation in the workplace to get your point across. This is why the company has a high turn over rate.

      Success Academy Charter Schools2019-07-09

      Success Academy Charter Schools Response

      July 17, 2019Founder & CEO

      Thanks for your feedback and I’m sorry that your school was not a better fit. We agree that the kids and families we work with are wonderful, and thank you for your commitment to them.. We’re surprised to hear you felt unsupported. Arts teachers have two hours each week during which ...

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