Food Service Worker I (Former Employee) – West Palm Beach, FL – June 13, 2018
It started off as if it would be a nice job. As soon as something happens they turn their back on you. There's no chance to improve and pay isn't great. Once they don't like you they will do everything in their power to get rid of you.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Pinellas County – July 10, 2018
I don't know what was worst....the disorganization and incompetence of administration, or the poor quality education that is churned out. No one ever seemed to know what was going on and everybody was always on different pages.
The administration cares more that teachers classrooms reflect CSUSA standards, than providing a quality education to the students.....which it did not. Uniforms were overpriced, teachers are overworked and underappreciated (did I mention underpaid?) There are rats running around...posing as people...reporting EVERYTHING! Very fake people...not to be trusted. All they care about is that they keep their enrollment numbers up so that they can keep their funding. Too much responsibility that absolutely had nothing to do with educating students. Policy priorities. Providing a quality education is a distant second priority. Students run the school.
Some of the students were nice
Leaving the campus during lunch is not favorable in the eyes of administration, teachers are underappreciated, overworked and underpaid, very high retention rate for teachers, very hostile, uncomfortable, unhealthy work environment
Teacher (Former Employee) – Florida – June 20, 2018
First of all, my co-workers never liked me for the sole reason that I was the team lead. My role was to assist and guide them as most of them were first year teachers. I was backstabbed, ridiculed behind my back and left out of mandatory team meetings that I was required to attend. My good news is that after 4 years in the charter school system, I was finally able to achieve the Holy Grail...a public job in the district. HOWEVER, the beginning of any year at CSUSA is the summit, which everyone has to pretend they are pumped about, but in reality they LOATHE IT! Can you believe that CSUSA actually has spies walking around the summit conference floor, checking to see if people are on their cell phones to escape the boredom and they are reported on and your table is reprimanded, as adults?!? Unacceptable.
The students run the school. They are always believed and misbehavior is RAMPANT.
I could write pages of what is wrong with CSUSA, but I won't because it would take hours. My advice is to take this job if your ONLY and I mean, ONLY other option is a fast-food restaurant.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Collier County, FL – June 16, 2018
After being a successful teacher out of state I began to teach in charter school. The administration was arrogant and condescending. Planning time was on your own time because your planning period was taken up with constant meetings about testing. Teachers were racing out the door! I was one of them. The kids were awfully behaved it was like all the kids who had behavior problems in Collier county were just dumped there. Class size was 25 kids with space for 18. No support for special ed kids. Intervention programs are poorly organized and understaffed. I couldn’t stand the stress so I left after a few months. I was just one of the 9 teachers who left by Christmas break! What does that tell you. Stay away. It’s an awful place to be. I love teaching but there was very little time to teach. Avoid this place.
Coworkers were wonderful.
Pay, administration, lack of materials, no support, kids don’t get what they need. Behavior problems.
Former Teacher (Former Employee) – Mooresville, NC – June 12, 2018
If you love teaching, skip this place. The behavioral issues are on super overdrive. The school caters to parents and students, teachers are treated with no respect. Administration tries to make you feel better by constantly saying (Thank you for all that you do) It is said so often that it has become like a cold, corporate tagline.
This school year, we lost most of our EC department after the winter break. We lost others as well from the high school & middle school. Every school year, The staff turnover is a revolving door. A simple walk to the teacher's work room and you will see teachers uncontrollably sobbing.
CSUSA's grading practices are ridiculous too. (Practice and Mastery Grades) The practice grades fuel students not to do their homework. They don't need to study because students can retest. Planning time is almost non existent, so be prepared to work nights and weekends. Supplies and resources are almost non existent. I spent a small fortune this year on buying supplies and downloading from Teachers Pay Teachers.
Working there was literally like a sweatshop, once a week, you even work without a lunch break because you have to be at lunch duty. Oh, by the way, lunch is literally squeezed in your daily schedule (15/20 minutes). After Winter Break, the principal added another half period into our day (It's called Success; it's an unplanned hot mess. ). So, I literally taught 7 1/2 periods a day.
teacher (Former Employee) – Goose Creek, SC – June 11, 2018
Expectations are unrealistic, students are not able to be children even in early childhood. Unprofessional environment. You will not receive many planning periods. This company micromanages ! If you go to work for this company plan on a lot of useless meetings, paperwork, and long hours.
THIS IS A CORPORATION, AND NOT A FAMILY SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT.
IT Technician (Former Employee) – Cabarrus, NC – May 31, 2018
The school over works you and does not update you on special events, and has a high turn over rate, lack of training, bad with communication, they overwork their staff and teachers, teachers have to work in multiple classroom back of bugets and underpaid. For as IT staff supppse to put in tickets but does not and always stop you what you are doing.
Pto, benefits, learn a lot of different things in IT.
Leadership (Former Employee) – Concord, NC – May 30, 2018
Do not send your child here. They deserve a true education and will not receive one here. It is a for profit school and the teachers were treated awful which led to excessive turnover. Money is all that matters to this group of non-educators that CSUSA call leaders.
No discipline of students, unfair treatment of teachers, No support for anyone, I can not believe there are schools that actually exist like this in America, I have ten years experience in education and know what a real school lools like, This is not one of them.
Senior Manager (Current Employee) – Fort Lauderdale, FL – May 25, 2018
A collaborative and high performing environment. The most enjoyable part of the job is working with our schools to impact student success. There are some challenges with the job that I do not have control over or have not been able to influence. This is evident in the culture of the organization.
Assistant (Current Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – May 25, 2018
The students kept you coming back. Administration lacked communication and professionalism. Inconsistent rules and discipline towards staff and kids. Some co-workers were great team players and were collaborative. As a whole, no feedback was considered.
Keys Gate Charter School- Full Time (Current Employee) – Homestead, FL – May 24, 2018
The school is a great place to teach. I love the staff. I feel that this is a family. When I get to school there is always someone here to say good morning. The best is that I have a great team that I work with.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Concord, NC – May 22, 2018
Cabarrus Charter Academy is run by a corporation. They take a cut of the already minimal amount from the state and federal government to educate students. The leadership that they put in place has been unreliable and ruthless. They do not know how to lead and corporate really doesn't care about the welfare of the students and teachers. Go anywhere else but a school associated with Charter Schools USA.
REGIONAL SPECIAL EDUCATION COORDINATOR (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – May 17, 2018
Until my position was eliminated, I enjoyed working with my direct supervisor and my coworkers. I am only leaving the company because I am not willing to relocate after my position was no longer needed in my current state.
Cafeteria Worker (Current Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – May 8, 2018
the company it self was a fair company, i feel that they should have sometimes benefits for the employee even it was a part-time job they never gave their employees recconition for anything the managers wasn't fair to all employees,there was no chance for advancements not at all.the only good thing is the pair it was good for part-time hours.
Teacher - English Language Arts and Journalism (Former Employee) – Concord, NC – April 26, 2018
The administration is not supportive of staff at all, and will always take the side of students and parents. There is no organization in regard to classes, teachers are expected to teach outside of their content area, without curriculum support.