Capital Prep Harlem offers a poor and highly stressful work environment. Management does not listen and is often condescending when suggestions are made to improve the quality of the environment. Last year, there was >65% staff turnover. This year, turnover has been >60% and the year isn't over. Over 10 instructors and 3 administrators have departed since July. Multiple substitutes are there daily.
The students have no gym time, no art, no outlet during the day to let off steam. Classes start at 7 am when studies show adolescent brains are more effective with a later start. Student discipline is inconsistent and scholars are often seated in hallways or the front office for a simple uniform infraction (not wearing a belt, incorrect color socks, etc.) Scholars have lunch periods of about 20 minutes and the food provided is less than desirable.
Parent communication is awful. Parents are often left in the dark regarding student issues. Calls to admin from parents/guardians are constantly ignored for long periods.
It is a shame the administrators and board aren't taking the high staff turnover and student attrition seriously. The mission, on it's face, is wonderful. Too bad it's being executed poorly.
students who are willing to learn
poor management, inconsistent policies, extremely high turnover