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Updated Jul 27, 2021

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Tindley Accelerated Schools Chancellor/CEO Marcus C. Robinson (no image)
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7 Ratings
  1. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Tough But Rewarding

    Dec 30, 2019 - Spanish Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good Pay Several prep periods Good benefits Tons of opportunities to engage the students

    Cons

    Can be tough sometimes, Administration has unrealistic goals of how students should behave. It can sometimes be hard to get a minute to yourself because of the teacher to student ratio. Need more teachers.

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  2. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Overworked

    Jul 27, 2021 - English Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good students half day Fridays decent bonuses available if your test scores are good in some cases, good coaching (building dependent)

    Cons

    Way too long of a school day Admin are overworked and take it out on teachers CEO level staff are distant and of varying quality

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  3. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Excellent Soil That Needs Better Harvest

    Jun 3, 2021 - Educator in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great possibilities rest here. Children are great and amazing.

    Cons

    Administration is slow to respond to important matters. Training is thorough but lacks consistency throughout the year. Lesson Planning is tedious and doesn’t always seem to be in the best position. Clickish Teachers suffer from lack of training and end up quitting which makes the students suffer.

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  4. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Heavy on workload, light on support

    Jun 29, 2021 - Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Benefits and salary are great if you are good at negotiating.

    Cons

    You are expected to work extra hours. I lost so much sleep that year.

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  5. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Worked to Death

    Jun 14, 2021 - Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Help and support from other teachers

    Cons

    Long days and nights, lack of admin support

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  6. 2.0
    Current Employee

    No work life balance

    Apr 25, 2021 - 5th Grade Teacher 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The children can be great. Most love to learn

    Cons

    They love to micromanage you

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  7. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Hard work

    Oct 1, 2020 - Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
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    Pros

    Very rewarding, surrounded by dedicated teachers

    Cons

    When I was there, it was not unusual to work 70 hour weeks

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  8. 2.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    High School English Teacher

    Feb 5, 2020 - Agent Office Staff in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The students are willing to learn

    Cons

    Admin isn't always supportive because they are stretched really thin.

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  9. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Where do i begin?

    Feb 11, 2019 - Teacher 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    There are a lot of students and staff members that are very bought in to the mission.

    Cons

    Tindley hires a lot of talented people in the wrong position. (i.e. hiring someone to be a teacher that is not certified, then a year later, moving them to a leadership position when they are still have yet to prove they can get results, and are still not certified.) There is new, positive, leadership, however, I am not sure if we can right the ship. Some principals are extremely unprofessional. The curriculum is not aligned to Indiana standards, so it is like being asked to magically jump through a hoop that is on fire. It is not great. Unprofessional behavior has been condoned for so long, that it is ingrained into the culture of the schools. It's a real shame because our scholars deserve what we promise.

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  10. 1.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Never

    Nov 15, 2016 - Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
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    Pros

    The best part about the school is the students. They can be loud and rambunctious, but they're a lot of fun to be around.

    Cons

    The culture is authoritarian and soul-crushingly oppressive, but maintaining the culture is explicitly the top priority, even over academics. The directives and standards set by the admins are arbitrary, frequently conflict with one another, and are often literally impossible to follow. Moreover, staff are frequently held to standards which have literally never been communicated. The school fails to provide even basic materials, like textbooks and sufficient copy paper (which is pretty important when there aren't any textbooks). They way that we're expected to treat the students borders on cruel, and the treatment of the staff is only marginally better. From time to time, the admins call meetings with students to vaguely threaten to expel students who don't fall into line, and with staff to vaguely threaten to fire anyone who doesn't meet their absurd expectations. The school's motto is "College or Die," which is atrocious. The conditions are so bad that the students openly talk about how their teachers won't be around next year, and they even expect teachers to quit mid-semester. Amplifying all of this is the fact that the school will never improve. Admins repeatedly talk about how good the system is and literally use the phrase "Tindley will never change." In other words, no matter what happens, they will always double down on their way of doing things

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