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Bushwick Ascend Charter School1
Posted April 08, 2015
- a teacher
I am one of those 20 plus teachers who left this year. The reviews on here more than accurately describe this school. As a teacher, the last thing you want to do is leave your students in the middle of the year. But, I couldn t stay and watch the horrible way in which the students were treated and teach a curriculum which was totally not connected to our students needs. The administration is very inexperienced- Ms. Washington, the Principal, has no degree in Education and little to none classroom experience. The special education administration, along with many of the deans, are shockingly under-qualified as well. Disorganization, Disrespect and pure ignorance in regards to child development- that is what plagues this school. I speak for many of the past and current teachers when I say this- do not apply to teach here and please please please do not send your child here.
This school's leadership is so unorganized and unprofessional. They speak to us as if our opinions do not matter. Additionally, so many teachers have quit already this year and it is not even November! The most troubling thing for me is that students with IEP's are not getting their mandated services due to lack in staffing. I would love to be more involved, but it seems that as parents, we are kept in the dark about the things going on in the school. Leadership is not forthcoming, open, or honest. Rather, they are deceiving and often times even disrespectful. I have even witnessed a member of leadership show disrespect to a teacher, which might explain why the teachers look so exhausted, drained, and frustrated. I don't blame them! My child only has 20 minutes to eat, and 15 minutes of recess even though the school day is extended compared to the public schools. There is supposed to be an open-door policy, and yet I have heard of parents being turned away when they have shown up. I sent my child to this school because I thought it was a better alternative to the public school next door, but I am coming to the conclusion that they may not be the case. What a shame.
This school is an awful school. Many parents think the public schools are bad so they look to charter schools. This school is not focused on the right things. Kids come LAST. This school is a deception!