Staff (Current Employee) – Brooklyn, NY – October 18, 2017
The leaders in the schools are terrible. They do not care about the teachers or staff. They only care about how the school looks but do not realize that the advancement of the school depends on teacher retention. They treat you like kids. They make decisions and do not ask you how you feel. They switch things on you on a daily basis. And the director lies like there is no tomorrow. She speaks and spreads lies about you to others, making you look bad. She doesn't even know the parents or the kids but constantly says that "we are here for the kids". I enjoy seeing the kids and seeing the impact I'm having on them. That's about it.
Enrollment Specialist (Former Employee) – Brooklyn, NY – October 10, 2017
Great office environment. Management paid great attention to detail and showed a great interest in the benefit of each child and parent. Very patient supervisor and did not hesitate to answer any questions.
Dean of Instruction (Current Employee) – Brooklyn, NY – April 21, 2016
Ascend is a nice school that respects teachers and places teacher happiness before all. At times the inability to push teachers beyond their comfort zone to achieve academic excellence causes the students to suffer.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Brooklyn, NY – February 4, 2016
I cannot speak to the overall Network of Ascend as I've heard good things from the other schools. I can only talk to my experience at Buchwick Ascend. Being bilingual would be a huge benefit to working in that school as the parents and some students do not speak english well, if at all. The school as a whole lacks in culture. Staff members hardly talk to each other. There is also a huge lack of communication. Compared to other schools I've been in the support for teachers is present. Some schools will leave a teacher to sink or swim but I have to say Ascend understands that a sinking teacher means sinking students and they do well to avoid that. Administration...well that's a whole other story. Administrative support however is inconsistent.
Teacher (Current Employee) – Brooklyn, NY – January 30, 2016
The school is an awesome place to work just wished there was a work/life balance. The job doesn't allow for you to have a life outside of it. Its very difficult especially if you have a family at home.