Education Specialist (Former Employee) – Berkeley, CA – July 31, 2017
This is an amazing company to work for and they are very good at being sure they are taking care of their staff. The amount of work expected to perform at any given time is excessive and you are therefore left feeling stressed and over-worked.
Senior Director of Human Resources (Former Employee) – Oakland, CA – July 11, 2017
Aspire Public Schools is a good charter management organization and has done a great deed for the educational services they provide to the students and communities they serve throughout California and in Memphis, TN.
School Community Development Liaison (Former Employee) – Memphis, TN – June 20, 2017
I believe that the school has a great academic program, but the school needs to truly be revamped with order, structure, culture and the upper management must learn to support their staff. The school has a very high turn over rate based on behavior, again I firmly believe that this school has one of the best educational programs the school just needs to be revamped.The worst part is dealing with disrespectful children that the higher managemwnt team does not hold them (children & parents) accountable. The best part is that I was able to reach a lot of children and so much positivity came out of it.
High Pay Rates, Insurance Benefits fully covered on the company
Instructional Aide (Current Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – May 30, 2017
Great place to gain work experience. Since it is a charter there is no job security. Pays better then other charters. I carried multiple positions and was compensated but then position was cut due to budget cuts. Admin and faculty are great, but student management could have some improvements.
Aspire offers a great benefits and compensation package that is much better than the local school district. Workplace culture is also positive.
Ed Specialist (Current Employee) – Memphis, TN – April 18, 2017
Working for Aspire this past school year has been the best teaching experience of my career by far. It is clear that leadership at the national, regional and school levels have made workplace culture a priority. Expecations are high, but they are accompanied by a system of positive support that comes across as very authentic. There are no "gotchas". These people want everyone to be successful, and they are willing to put in the work from the top down. You welcome guests in your class here, because you don't worry about them looking for something wrong. You feel like they are there to help you, for real.
Beyond that the pay is competitive to, if not better than local school districts. Insurance premiums are far better. I pay only $70 per pay period for a family of 5 in medical insurance.
Needless to say, I plan on being here for a while!
Worklife Balance, Resources that make teaching so much easier, Benefits, Compensation
The work day is longer, 7:30-4:00 at my school. Mandatory Saturday School 1-2 times a semester.
Teacher (Current Employee) – Oakland, CA – February 12, 2017
I love my colleagues and the students, but the we are all stretched very thin and exhausted all of the time. I think there are so many wonderful things about Aspire, but I wonder if there are more sustainable ways to be an educator.
Staff (Former Employee) – Huntington Park, CA – February 10, 2017
Every year employees must worry if work will be available for them for the upcoming school year. Applicants be aware, if administrators don't like you they tend to build bogus devious cases against you to drive you out of employment. District has grown which has caused it to loose what it stands for as far as employee support. Things are always changing. Administrators in certain Huntington Park locations are not qualified for such leadership roles, setting the school culture to very uncomfortable and unprofessional. However, students and families do seem happy with education.
Gives you experience and pays.
At will employment, not fully screened qualified administartors
Subsitute Teacher (Former Employee) – Oakland, CA – December 31, 2016
The staff were not supportive of teachers. The kids were able to manipulate teachers and basically run the classrooms. Most teachers were from other parts of the US and had low expectations and standards for the kids. Overall there were only a few teachers patient enough to make kids step up to maintain high academic levels otherwise they were fine with passing kids on to the next grade without having minimum requirements to succeed.
Teacher (Former Employee) – East Palo Alto, CA – October 20, 2016
Grading is tilted in students favor in order to push them through the program. You notice how they say 100% of their students get accepted, but just how many actually go to college, or even finish college. I wish I could be positive, but it is a sham. Not all of the children have bad attitudes, but there are quite a few that do, and they get away with murder. There is a lack of communication between parents, teacher and administration to have any real structure or discipline. This school, in my opinion, gives students a false sense of accomplishment and polishes their self-entitled behavior to exceed the likes of Donald, and I don't mean the duck. As far as workload and teacher support, one is overloaded and the other is overbearing with a touch of psychosis. The pay is good, but not for what you'll be thrown into.
Aspire is a great place for staff, families and our scholars.
Expanded Learning Director (Former Employee) – Sacramento – September 26, 2016
Aspire has brought growth in personal and professional matters. Allowing staff to grow with their scholars in a more in depth connection allowing students, families, to build trust in the community of staff, educators and administrators.
Guest Teacher and HR Assistant (Former Employee) – Modesto, CA – June 13, 2016
Aspire works closely with parents, staff and students to ensure their schools are some of the best in the area. They offer services that fit the needs of students and have a close family like culture for staff who work at their schools.