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Worcester Academy Reviews

Updated November 8, 2017
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  1. "Warm Family-Friendly Community"

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    Former Employee - Director in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Worcester, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Worcester Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Warm community atmosphere. The non-faculty divisions like to have fun while getting results. Feels like an academic institution that values and prioritizes students.

    Cons

    Current leadership is not as strong as it could be. There seems to be a divide between the faculty and non-teaching employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the family friendly atmosphere. Devote resources to improving regular internal cross-functional communication. Work on the parking and traffic situation.


  2. "So much potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Worcester Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great student body, some committed faculty and staff, technologically advanced, generally regarded as a non-preppy prep school, which is nice. The school tends to take care of its own -- often promoting from within.

    Cons

    there exists a major disconnect between faculty and upper Administration, major disparity between some faculty's extracurricular duty requirements -- those faculty and staff who are willing to help often get take advantage of by those who aren't willing to be team players. Campus is too small for student population and parking is atrocious. A surprising amount of faculty and administration seem to be much more concerned about their own advancement than the programs we offer and benefitting the current students.

  3. "teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Diverse, accepting student body. Many, many talented and dedicated faculty who go above and beyond for their students every day. Beautiful historic campus with recently renovated buildings. Urban locale and active outreach with community and neighborhood is a differentiator. Opportunities abound to advance, change paths, try new ideas, be creative. Warm, welcoming colleagues. Professional development is a priority.

    Cons

    Disjointed top leadership. Recent emphasis on "project-based learning" has caused several veteran gifted teachers who favored more traditional teaching, to leave the school.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose sight of 190 years of history of academic rigor and preparing kids for honorable lives for whatever the newest educational trend is.


  4. "Discrepancy between Teachers and Administrative Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Worcester Academy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Unique, diverse, range of students who for the most part want to learn...yes parents paying a great deal of money for them to go there, so motivation. Updates to the buildings recently have put the school more in the 21st century but some of the school ambiance was lost. Lunches are included, no need to go out an find a place to eat during the school year.

    Cons

    The are two "classes" at the school - teaching and administrative support staff. The teaching staff looks down on the administrative staff although many have not even taken the "standard education classes" at college. Administrative staff work year round including school vacation weeks, while teachers do not. Admin staff given less percentage of raise than teaching staff.


  5. "Seeking a niche in the private school market."

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Worcester Academy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The school enrolls nice and smart kids, and there are lots of programs for them to participate in; for the most part, the students are happy; the institution has a great history in prepping kids for college.

    Cons

    The administration has become engulfed in ed land public school edubabble and slogans. They have tried to implement change. They have been vague and lacking in specifics and without explaining what awaits at the other end.

    Advice to Management

    The management has strayed away from what works at the school. It's best at this juncture for the school to get back on the path that has made the institution successful. The management needs to understand that change must be homegrown and include everybody and that the faculty deserved to paid well and have a fair work load. My advice to management is to start thinking long term and come to terms that the institution is not the property of the people who are managing it. The institution belongs to past, present, and future generations. The school cannot afford public relation blunders.


  6. "Warm, all-embracing community of students and dedicated faculty."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Worcester Academy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful students and families. Diverse group that adds much to the life of the school.

    Cons

    poor communication between upper administration and faculty; secretive; old boy's club atmosphere, despite women making headway in top positions


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Creative, intelligent, hard-working students - limited resources, aging infrastructure favoritism and information hiding"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The students, a diverse, energetic, and creative bunch, are the best reason to work there. There was generally a high degree of freedom in the classroom.

    Cons

    Technology was not always used in the most efficient way possible, and the tech infrastructure was regularly unreliable. Information hiding made it difficult on occasion to work with students. Inconsistent application of disciplinary action sometimes suggested favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Trust teachers and invest more in them - help them to help students. Hold students to the highest academic and ethical standards consistently and equitably.

  8. "No longer the same Worcester Academy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Worcester Academy full-time

    Pros

    caring and dedicated faculty, diverse and down to earth kids

    Cons

    administration is disconnected from the faculty and the realities of the day to day work load ; too many seasoned faculty leaving suddenly over the last five years (with change of administration); admins not willing to 'do the right thing' when it comes to making hard decisions; still an old boys club, despite females in key admin roles

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes! people are replaceable, but not those with years of experience and track records of giving up their personal lives for the betterment of the students' experience


  9. Helpful (2)

    "It's been a most rewarding experience, no complaints."

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    Pros

    The kids at WA are terrific in every way. The student body is diverse, and it is happily engaged in a multitude of healthy activities. The school is blessed to have some outstanding veteran teachers and coaches in the areas of athletics, drama, and music.

    Cons

    The administration is often secretive and anxious. Through decree they continue to add more on the job menu without taking anything off. In addition they are inclined to invoke new policies without input from the greater teaching community.