This is one of the worst schools to work for.
Associate Teacher (Former Employee) – Washington Heights, NY – August 7, 2018
I was recruited for an associate teacher position after passing a myriad of steps in the hiring process. When I finally made it to staff training, the employer fired me at the end of the week. At the training, they have a scripted curriculum where they tell teachers what to say and literally how to teach word for word. You watch students being drilled like little soldiers even during lunch and recess. During the training, you see it's mostly young adults fresh out of college ranging from 22-28 years old with no teaching background/experience being trained to be teachers. The whole week of training, you're being observed the WHOLE time. Someone from HR comes with a laptop observing how you talk to the kids and "teach". I was asked in the middle of the week at the end of training to meet privately with HR staff and was told I don't have a strong classroom presence. I thought why did I go through 3-5 different interviews to be deemed unqualified to teach? Especially if I had teaching experience. This was their first warning. After I worked to improve myself for the rest of the week, I was told by other colleagues that I made so much progress. However, it was not enough for Success Academy and they just fired me on the last day of training and said I'm not fit to be a teacher in their school. If you want a real teaching job, don't work here. You're wasting your time and will be fired at any time in the school year.
Turnover, young admin and HR (under their 30s), lack of professionalism from HR