An amazing organization committed to students and the business of education. Catapult’s diverse services keeps education two steps ahead and ensures that it’s students and staff are trained and understand the latest concepts and changes happening in the field of education. Wonderful place to work!
Teacher (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – January 25, 2017
I began working part-time for Catapult last year. Prior to working at Catapult, I taught full-time in a charter school for almost 10 years. I am a mom to three kids and the work/life balance that I've found at Catapult is SO much better. I make a decent salary for working three days a week, paid holidays/snow days (not summer), and the paperwork is abundantly less than what I was accustomed to. You ARE held accountable with observations, monthly meetings,etc., but my experience is, so far, pretty autonomous (which nowadays is rare for teachers!). Definitely recommend it!
Employee/not contractor position, great work/life balance, decent pay, autonomy
Behavioral Specialist (Current Employee) – York, PA – January 3, 2017
Can't complain about much I'm grateful to be apart of this amazing team of teachers giving back to the communities by helping students that need more attention than others. a ttypical day would involve redirection of negative behavior, helping with school work and problem solving skills. Great management and amazing co-workers to create an amazing environment.
The teaching materials & aids provided were very poor.
Title 1 Teacher -Reading and Math (Former Employee) – Saint Petersburg, FL – December 29, 2016
We were given series of workbooks for reading, phonics and math. Reading plans were out of date and boring - especially to the first grade students. Math lessons and practice worksheets did not align. eg: Lesson plan #11 about Division, Practice sheet #11 would have addition problems. So had to search through pdf files to find the correct sheet. Each grade had ~100 worksheets. Having to search for 5 grade levels took an inordinate amount of time just to pull basic materials together.
Classroom was a shared space for 3 classrooms in a windowless room. Half the room was sectioned off by an folding walls for third grade class, Title 1 space was divided by a wall of metal cabinets.
Management was rigid how we were to teach, expecting teachers to use prescribed dialog and approach. Totally failed in allowing for student's individual needs and learning style.
Supervisor made a lot of promises but rarely followed through.
Registrar (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – December 16, 2016
This company had no clue what they where doing when they opened their doors in San Diego. I would NOT recommend working for this company at all. My job inculded working with my Regional director, who was beyond a good supervisor, It was just the company that didn't know what they where doing.
former employee (Former Employee) – Camden, NJ – December 15, 2016
I agree with the poster above about management having no direction. No formal review process, No standard cost of living increases, yearly raises are rare and at the whim of your manager. No 401k company match to contributions in years. Bonus may be touted as part of your comp package, but you likely won't ever see it. No culture of developing people if you're not doing something as they like, you're out. Lots of management turnover.
Camden office location, no 401k contribution, raises not paid out in years, bonuses at the whim of managers, no strategic direction, no culture for professional development for corp staff
Finance (Current Employee) – Camden, NJ – September 13, 2016
This company needs a major structural overhaul. It's poorly managed and there's very little guidance. Hope you like finding things out on your own because training is non existent. heres the thing, the company's mission is great. The potential is definitely there. But upper management needs a clean slate in their corporate office or else they won't get better. If you're willing to eat a lot of crow in the hopes things will improve is say yes, work here. But if you're not the true that's a self starter or initiator you need not apply.
Interesting and different depending on the school you're working with.
Certified Special Education Teacher (Current Employee) – Newark, NJ – September 5, 2016
I worked as a push in rather than a pull out instructor. In one school I had students from first grade to eighth; another all girls high school; another all boys junior high school through high school. I think the diversification was great.
Catapult supervisor was very supportive and enjoyable. I enjoyed the travel and diversity.
A god chance to flex your teaching skills, but not always the placement you would like
Title 1 Reading Teacher (Current Employee) – Phiadelphia – August 23, 2016
I worked for Catapult as both an instructional coach and a Title 1 teacher. The work is challenging and a lot is demanded. The work and pay is "okay" but summers are always unpaid. The ability to make a difference in the lives of students is rewarding. But geographic placements over a wide city area are not always considered. Last year, I had an hour commute. This year I requested a school closer to my home and was placed in a city school, still an hour commute.
Planning time, autonomy in the classroom, connection to students
Paperwork, long commutes, no summer pay, no chance to advance
Manager of School Partnerships (Current Employee) – New York, NY – August 18, 2016
rewarding company whose impact directly affects the students we service. working closely with schools and school districts to determine need and determining how to reach the need leveraging Catapults resources.
I love how much this company has done for me and my family. The work environment is so safe and welcoming. Since the office is a diverse community no one feels like an outsider, please are generally welcoming.
Tutor/Teacher/Supervisor (Former Employee) – Camden, NJ – July 15, 2016
This company was very organized and structured but that was the problem. Too much structure does not leave room for flexibility, new ideas, and takes the enjoyment out of position. I enjoyed the structure and organization of the company.
Teacher (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – June 9, 2016
A typical day working with children can be very rewarding. I have learned some new techniques working with blended learning with the computer and teacher led lessons. Management was great with assistance with very large paper workload required on students. Working with co-workers was a very good experience. The most difficult part of the job is maintaining positive when there is an extremely large amount of paperwork due to dealing with government funds. The most enjoyable part of the job is the collaboration that was required daily with students, parents, teachers and administrators.
Independent teaching, never a dull moment, variety daily of work
Breaks may get forgotten due to intense work load.
School Counselor (Current Employee) – Floater – February 25, 2016
I enjoy working with Catapult Learning. I have wonderful co-workers and a supportive supervisor. My role is a school counselor and I float to three different schools in two counties. We are compensated for mileage and we have paid snow days.