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Updated Aug 7, 2020

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Success Academy Charter Schools Founder, CEO Eva Moskowitz  (no image)
Eva Moskowitz
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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (5)

    "Most Rewarding Work Environment You'll Ever Experience"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Flatbush, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You leave work knowing that no matter what happened during the coarse of a day, you made positive impact on the lives of several children by providing them a safe, loving environment focused on a laying the foundation for how to critically think. If you're a goal oriented person who believes in selfless service, Success Academy Flatbush is the place for you. Family environment!!Tremendous mentorship.

    Cons

    You may find yourself involved in several spirited charter vs public school discussions with fellow education professionals or family members. Don't worry, you'll have plenty of data to back up your position.

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    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    February 13, 2020Founder & CEO

    Thanks so much for your feedback and glad to hear you love your colleagues and are receiving great support and mentorship. Thanks for everything you do for kids and families!

  2. "Love the atmosphere so far. Can't wait to get started."

    5.0
    Current Employee - Teacher 

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

    Pros

    Great Team High accountability for both scholars and teachers, which helps both of us grow.

    Cons

    Non to speak of so far


  3. Helpful (3)

    "salary"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Enrichment Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    great kids and clean building

    Cons

    leadership, management, organizational, and culture concerns.

  4. Helpful (5)

    "Don't Do It"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Middle School Art Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing students, young work culture so you'll meet a lot of people, great benefits, starting salaries are competitive, lots of break time to travel etc.

    Cons

    Literally everything else. You'll work 12 hour days, often thanklessly, perform tasks well outside your role and face reprimanding if you raise concerns. Everything you've read is true. Everything about Eva is true.

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    "Good for beginner teacher to get their feet wet but you wont stay long"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Associate Teacher 

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

    Pros

    Great kids that you are working with

    Cons

    Staff are overworked and kids are overstressed

  6. Helpful (4)

    "Toxic work culture, amazing kids"

    2.0
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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 less than a year

    Pros

    Great resources, dedicated kids, can move up quickly

    Cons

    Way too much focus on behavior management (to the emotional detriment of the kids and the teachers), extremely understaffed - no support/breaks between classes (as an AT, I didn't get a lunch break - LTs don't even get one until AT have been trained for a few weeks), long hours (frequently worked from 6am until 7pm), abusive/dismissive management, no history courses in elementary school

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    "Terrible culture for staff, students and parents alike"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are taught to manage a classroom at a high level, the skills are good to take with you to another network in which you are able to make them your own instead of remaining militant. You are also able to get experience as a lead teacher without certification.

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance. Leaders are inexperienced (some have never taught before) but because of the pressure they feel from network can become angry and give you feedback that 1. doesn't make sense 2. becomes personal and not professional. SA does not use their money wisely which is coming down the pipeline now. Teacher salaries do not increase as they should and there are no rewards for longevity. Students are not teated as kids and are suspended often for anyones definition of 'defiant' behavior. If parents do not want special education services for their child they are often not explained the benefits or given a true understanding of SPED, they are instead brought into meeting about their child being behind and met with recommendations to look for another school that will support the child's needs.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Good Culture, bad behavior system"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Special Teacher 
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing students, good relationships with co-workers. Co-workers are quick to jump in and help when you need it. Creating good relationships with your students and vibing with your senior leadership will make or break how well you do. Although hours are long, my school is very accommodating for personal days or sick days though this is not universal for all SA schools. As a specials teacher, I have a lot of freedom w/ curriculum and how I run my class.

    Cons

    Behavior management system: The system does not work for all kids and does not accommodate all thinkers. Sped learners are not addressed properly except during testing. Kids are overly suspended and have unrealistic penalties for tardies and absences etc.

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    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    July 27, 2020Founder & CEO

    Thanks so much for your feedback and so glad to hear you enjoy your students, co-workers, and managers. The goal of our approach to classroom management is to create classrooms that are peaceful and focused, where students feel safe and respected, and where in-depth, student-centered teaching and learning can take place. While a handful of students take longer to adjust to the expectations in our schools, the vast majority ultimately thrive in this setting. We are in a continual state of self-evaluation in terms of how we serve our students with special needs and are always working to do better, but we are proud that these students far outperform their peers without special needs in NYC district schools, and are far more likely to graduate out of needing services.

  9. Helpful (9)

    "Do not recommend"

    2.0
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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 more than 3 years

    Pros

    + The kids + Many coworkers are dedicated, hard-working people + High salary for NYC teachers who are starting out + I had no experience/education to be a teacher before - I learned a lot during my time there even if I had to unlearn it later on

    Cons

    - Success makes you think their way is best. It took me years to see it for what it is. Now I work in a public school in NYC and I have the flexibility to run my classroom the way I want. Students still have behavior issues because they're kids but not the way they did at Success. We teach a SEL curriculum and use restorative practices. And expectations for teachers and students are still high. - Success uses Teach Like a Champion to teach new teachers classroom management (some without a background in education); these practices are carceral and typically make behaviors worse by harming your relationship with your students - Competitive environment with regards to testing data puts undue pressure on kids to perform on exams and creates anxiety for children and adults - Differentiation is not encouraged; the expectation is to teach the curriculum in a specific way, with very little freedom to make choices for based on students the in front of you - Leaders sometimes have little experience as teachers - High turnover leads to unqualified teachers in special education classrooms; I was an associate teacher my first year (and was paid as an AT) but co-taught in an ICT classroom. During my final year, my co-teacher had never taught before and was placed in an ICT classroom. A first-year teacher with no education/experience in the field of education cannot be an equal part of a co-teaching partnership. - Work-life balance is terrible and ultimately all areas of my life suffered; there is a culture of making you seem like you're not committed to the students if you're not spending every waking moment at or thinking about your job

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Hard Work but Worth it"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher 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

    I love working at Success because I know I'm making a different and the school gives me the resources I need to succeed. It isn't easy but at the end of the year, it's gratifying to see how much progress my students make.

    Cons

    It's hard work. This isn't a 9 to 5 job.

    Success Academy Charter Schools Response

    July 27, 2020Founder & CEO

    Thanks so much for your feedback and your commitment to kids. We’re so glad to hear that you’re having a positive, fulfilling experience as a teacher. Good luck in the upcoming year!

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