I recently applied for middle school positions at a charter school. Any advice or anything I should know before I interview?

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A charter can and will fire for any reason. There is no downtown to go to or administrative leave to investigate. Make sure to ask about stipends. That's usually how they match salary of major districts.


Charters are largely, significantly responsible for the closing of public schools. Find a public school that needs you, work to make it better, join the union, fight for the working conditions, salaries and benefits we and our students deserve. This is a better fight than hiding the parts of yourself that a charter wouldn't like, or could fire you for, as suggested below.

Be careful. I've had multiple friends teach at charter schools (NC) and had a lot of negatively experiences. Mostly lack of accountability for admin and restrictive on curriculum/procedures with no cause/backing


Research school beliefs and don't ever talk about anything that goes against them. Hide anything about yourself that isn't accepted by Evengelicals - these schools can fire you for any reason.


I interviewed at several charter schools and worked at one. Here are my tips. 1) make sure your workload is realistic. I know a teacher that had to teach from 8 am to 5 pm every day and had six different math classes. They were high level math. She was burnt out after three months and quit after a year. 2) The salary is low compared to other academies or charter schools so make sure your workload matches your salary. If you are paid lower than expected, perhaps a trade off would be to have one or two preps only. 3)There are plenty of extra requirement laid upon you that you may need to fulfill on top of your heavy schedule. Such as, coordinating with other teachers, help with special needs students without special ed teachers support (some charter don't have this department), field trips, attending basketball, volleyball, etc games after school. They could put you in charge of clubs and activities, tutoring, etc. Ask questions and if your gut is telling you it's too much - it most likely is. These charter schools will take advantage of inexperienced teachers and work them as much as they can with low pay. When they are unable to fulfill their positions, maybe these charters will get the hint. Walk away.


Careful of the salary, here it is quite a bit lower than public school, & generally more preps.

I wondered. This school has an experience base scale and takes certifications into account


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