Staff Accountant (Current Employee) – Washington, DC 20009 – December 27, 2018
Very layback work environment. The opportunity to give back to the community by helping middle kids is the best part about Higher Achievement. I would recommend Higher Achievement to anyone that is willing to give back to the community.
Ward 7 Center Aide (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – September 19, 2018
distributed food to scholars and wore different hats regarding kids; helped with homework, study hall, managed their play during recreational time, and was an example to inner city youth(could be a positive/real example or negative example up to you)
if in to giving back and making difference, great, pay for part time and community oriented
Manager of Instruction (Former Employee) – Baltimore, MD – September 13, 2018
I was great being a part of the HA team. Unfortunately there are not many outside opportunities for growth if you are not a center director. Even directors only get to go somewhere once or twice a year. they tend to require over qualified people and do not do a good job of writing job qualifications and promoting from within.
Senior Center Director (Current Employee) – Richmond, VA – August 23, 2018
Learned a great deal! This position allowed me to gain experience similar to that of a building principal. This position also allowed me to utilize my instructional specialist and classroom educator skillset.
Preschool/Toddler Teacher (Former Employee) – Muskegon, MI – February 22, 2017
Meeting and working with new co-workers and staff. Interviewing, hiring/replacing and training new staff members. Working of productions and customer service while maintaining a clean store/restaurant for customers and staff. Boosting sales.
Great way to gain experience with high risk of burn out
Center Director, Lakeland Achievement Center (Current Employee) – Baltimore, MD – February 19, 2017
Note this review is for the Baltimore affiliate.
Higher Achievement is an organization that is great in theory, but horrible in practice. Since arriving here, there has been multiple turn over in higher positions resulting in a lack of direction and management. There is a lot of pressure from the National side of the organization to achieve goals that are often impossible due to lack of funding or extreme funding requirements. Furthermore, the work required cannot be completed in 50 hours and often interferes with time off, including weekends and "program leave." It's a great way to break into the education nonprofit scene here in Baltimore, however, as people don't tend to stay long it seems as though its becoming a revolving door of people gaining the experience they need before quickly and promptly moving on.
Center Director (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – January 18, 2017
Working at Higher Achievement was at times tough, yet a rewarding job. Although my average rating is a 3, I rated them a 4 because of the quality of programming offered to students/scholars. The team work among the Center staff and other co-workers was a huge motivator! Like-minded individuals coming together for the greater good created the energy to move through each day. The hardest part of the job was keeping tabs on the many moving parts that occurred outside of the work being accomplished with scholars. The most enjoyable part of the job was watching students excel in ways they could not have imagined. Reading about their acceptances into top high schools in Washington, DC was the ultimate reward for a scholar's job well done. Along with their mentors, you become an integral part of their daily lives and create long lasting bonds. Some days, the scholars breathe life into you as they share their thoughts, feelings and emotions through poems, songs, activism. Whether big or small, these actions pulled you back to work with them another day. Any adult applying to work at Higher Achievement must remember to always be open to learn from the scholars. They have more to teach us than you think! If nothing else, they will teach you about yourself.
Great healthcare, team environment, staff accomplishments celebrated
Scholar Mentor (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – October 27, 2015
Higher Achievement seeks professionals, college students, and retirees to volunteer for their Afterschool Academy. Adults participate in Study Hall, Mentoring, and High School Placement of Middleschool youth from under-served communities in the DC Metropolitan Area.
Achievement Coach (Current Employee) – Washington DC – March 14, 2014
There is no typical day with middle school students. They can be doing well one day and screaming at you the next. In this job there is also a lot of outreach with teachers, mentors, and parents. This is something that is constant every week. I am writing emails and making phone calls to different members who can help with the student. This is a job that I really enjoy. The care that is shown for the students through Higher Achievement is refreshing in a big city like DC. The creation of a community is also something that can be difficult to find in the city.
Learning patience, great support
odd hours, middle school students can be a lot of work