Head-Royce School Reviews

Updated May 29, 2018

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2.8
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Head-Royce School Head of School Crystal M. Land (no image)
Crystal M. Land
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Employee"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Head-Royce School part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    beautiful campus, awesome and supportive immediate colleagues.

    Cons

    change is slow, lots of extra meetings and committees. No collaboration between divisions. poor communication between divisions.

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Changes at a subtle pace destroying transparency promised."

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Head-Royce School full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. Supportive colleagues and peers. Energy from K-12 student body. Keeps you young in mind, body, and spirit.

    Cons

    Shift in climate. Transparency and concern of morale as first promoted by new Head is waning. Administration is cautious when communicating with staff. Going through the motions of concern but not following up. Seems to be slowly phasing out non-exempt staff and out sourcing their responsibilities.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "school is weakened because management is too self serving and board is disconnected"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Head-Royce School full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Teaching staff is still fairly strong, as are the students, despite a long period of decline. Better environment for teachers than most public schools.

    Cons

    There is a select group of teachers who receive preferential treatment, and by and large the school seems to be run primarily for the benefit of a select few administrators and teachers both as far as duty expectations and financial compensation. Somebody said "it's like the school has been colonized!" and I agree with that statement. Be aware that it isn't uncommon for core teachers can be punished and otherwise pressured by threats to reduce you to part time, meaning take away one or more of your classes. They have taken away classes from teachers with decades of experience to try to force them to teach lower grade levels, etc. It almost makes me wonder if they have a secret reverse seniority policy ;). I can't speak to this personally, but I have also heard from elective teachers that there is a lack of deeply committed leadership to almost any teacher or program so I cannot recommend that an elective teacher who is truly talented select this school. I have seen a few top such people have contracts cut or otherwise experience reduced support or what they perceived as unfair treatment. If I were in this category, a top teacher of an elective or special program, I would explore the long term viability of working here knowing that one day I will be older, and maybe not so glamorous a hire as when I was younger. The memory of even a small problem here is far longer than the memory of major contributions or extra effort. I guess the bottom line is that I do think that over time older teachers are increasingly likely to be given the message, indirectly and maybe even directly, that you are no longer of value to us, and please just go away quietly. It's a sad way to end your teaching career that has happened to far too many for a school of this size. The school is very preachy about 'values,' when in my experience their own values from the top are very transitory and self serving. It's hard to be preached at by people who are so widely known in the teaching community of the school to violate the ethics they are always trying to impose on people. There is a lack of self awareness on this front that is just painful to have to be part of as a component of your gainful employment, as if you work here they do have a powerful sway over your life and career.

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  4. "Great community of coworkers!"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Head-Royce School part-time

    Pros

    Tight-knit community of faculty. Friendly and supportive.

    Cons

    Hourly wage is pretty minimal.

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    "Perception is key at Head Royce"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Head-Royce School full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits; friendly people; well maintained facilities

    Cons

    Very distrustful environment; leadership shows a lack of understanding and frankly are totally superficial.

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    "Brief Intern Perspective"

    4.0
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    I worked at Head-Royce School

    Pros

    Great place to learn effective teaching skills. Leadership is improving school every year.

    Cons

    Student body is not necessarily reflective of Oakland population. Somewhat traditional school.

  7. Helpful (4)

    "The real Head Royce"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Head-Royce School full-time

    Pros

    Lovely campus and facilities, nice food service.

    Cons

    The administration doesn't value mature faculty/staff. They do not communicate well. Additionally, the surrounding neighborhoods are regarded as though they don't exist, which creates more problems for the school. The residents are expected to put up with problems the school creates, i.e. noise, poor parking practices, serious damage to streets by HR construction trucks, loud delivery trucks at all hours and more.

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    "CFO runs a good thing into the ground"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Teacher 

    I have been working at Head-Royce School full-time

    Pros

    Great teachers and staff. Nice environment

    Cons

    CFO is ruining this place. Lack of ethics

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Faculty for more than 10 years"

    3.0
     

    I have been working at Head-Royce School

    Pros

    The teachers are experienced, devoted, and inspiring. They clearly love what they do, push themselves to improve professionally, and genuinely want students to love learning as much as they do.

    Cons

    The administration thinks of itself as forward thinking and innovative, but in reality it does not tolerate dissent. This is a top-down place where decisions are made by top administrators who "survey" the faculty but ignore the results. The new Head has been there for more than 25 years and is not the person to re-invigorate a staid administration.

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "growing pains"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Head-Royce School full-time

    Pros

    The faculty is amazing, humble and truely diverse. The campus is beautiful. Great reputation nationally.

    Cons

    The school has been around for a long time. There is a lot of history and baggage and in some ways they have not evolved their management and structures to get with the times.

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