Appletree is a very nice place to work, particularly if you are beginning your teaching career. I do not want to rob anyone of their experience by sharing too much of mine but I will say this: you will record so much data it is not even funny. It is a research based school so it comes with the territory. They provide a LOT of training and development opportunities. It can be draining, boring, and time consuming yet beneficial; you will most likely leave with new information that will enrich your teaching strategies, but be careful not to become a "cookie cutter teacher" and lose your own teaching style/creativity. The only con that I didn't see a silver lining to is the at-will employment contract that allows rookie principals to terminate employees without valid reasoning. This is because in the back of their mind is always their own job security and not always the best interest of the students as it should be. With that said, if you are becoming a teacher and joining Appletree because you want to change the world/close the achievement gap, you will have to decide when to resist, when to compromise, and when to copulate so that you don't risk being fired and lose your opportunity to nurture children. Lastly, beginning pay will have you in poverty (unless you have teaching experience) but if you can stand to be broke a year or two, it gets better. When it gets rough just remember why you are there (to pay bills lol --and/or make a difference.) Enough of my experience, go change the world!! Best wishes!!
Positive work environment, lots of training, career advancement opportunities
at will contract, low pay for new teachers (not really a con more of an investment), lots of data entry