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Not a healthy place to work
Staff (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYOctober 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.
Pros
salary, children
Cons
terrible director, work load
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Great office environment.
Enrollment Specialist (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYOctober 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.
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Fun and diverse place to work
Substitute Teacher (Current Employee) –  Oakland, CAAugust 24, 2017
I've enjoyed working at Ascend as a substitute teacher. Management is very receptive to hearing and meeting the needs of staff so they can best meet the needs of students.
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Janitor (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJuly 15, 2017
I enjoyed working for ascend charter school the working environment was a great place, very cultured and theres a lot of room for growth with this school
Pros
growth
Cons
none
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great environment
Paraprofessional (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJune 21, 2017
Ascend Charter school was a pleasure to work for. You can tell that staff enjoyed providing an education and other services to the children at this school.
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Productive Great Energy
Executive Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJune 20, 2017
The people at Ascend have great energy and are all working to benefit the scholars that attend. Work day includes the work but you also get a taste of the functionality of the school.
Pros
Modern Building
Cons
Short breaks
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Great for people who like to be led exclusively by others
SECOND GRADE TEACHER (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJanuary 25, 2017
It's an awesome school, if you are willing to think inside the box. If you have innovative ideas and you are an educator, they won't be easily considered.
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making sure meals are nourishing for children
Kitchen Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYOctober 27, 2016
Start work 7:00 am and set up breakfast for children to be delivered to the classrooms for lower school. Then prepare Breakfast to middle school to eat in lunchroom.

Start preparing and the setup for Lunch. Making sure service is on time.

Management must hire reliable people. Must be on time for work. someone that is time conscious.

making sure workers keep everything clean and sanitized.
Pros
Love making sure children eat healthy meal
Cons
Needmore support from management and staff.
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Responsive Classroom Model
Dean of Instruction (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYApril 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.
Pros
benefits, friendly environment
Cons
academic rigor, established academic systems
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Teacher (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYFebruary 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.
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Ok Environment
Teacher (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJanuary 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.
Pros
clean environment, great salaries
Cons
no work/life balance
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Committed to Student Achievement
Dean of Instruction (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYMarch 28, 2015
Ascend Learning Schools are committed to the academic success of the scholars enrolled at their schools. Teachers and Instructional leaders are given opportunities to grow as professionals.
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Strong Culture
4th Grade Homeroom Teacher (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJune 18, 2014
7:30-4:45 work day
Strong culture
Peers are friendly and approachable
Leadership opportunities are available
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High performing charter school
Lead Teacher (Current Employee) –  New York, NYApril 30, 2014
long hours, clear expectations for students and staff performance
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The Network allows for growth and advancement
Associate Dean of Students Grades K-2 (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYFebruary 16, 2014
I enjoy working in a network where growth and development is happening.
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Very poor work enviornment
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYMay 22, 2013
Horrible school. You are treated like a child, not a professional. Not a good environment for students or adults!
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