ICEF Public Schools Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    No Loyalty

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ICEF Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    ICEF was perfect at looking out for the children,

    Cons

    Hired C.O.O. and others that had NO SCHOOL experience that made it a business and started shutting down schools and not supporting the staff it had.

    Advice to Management

    Put the people back in focus and not your pockets.


  2. School Admin

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at ICEF Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful Children Many caring and sincere faculty and staff on school sites

    Cons

    The district leadership is leading the organization to become a district focused more on money than children. The organization has pushed out many of the people who care. There seems to be a focus on ridding the organization of African Americans, especially on the district level. The district admin team is intimidated by intelligent leaders and seeks to hire "yes men and yes women" Teachers and most school site employees are underpaid

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the children, not money and your personal agendas and egos.


  3. English Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at ICEF Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The schools and staffs are small so the opportunity to bond is good. Teachers have a love for educating students. They come to work with a positive attitude. They spend a great deal of time on their jobs; often arriving early and staying late. Parents are supportive and work well with teachers.

    Cons

    The idea of teaching with rigor and having high expectations for students seems to be a farce. Teachers work hard and are not appreciated. They have very little support. Teachers are constantly dipping into their own pockets for supplies and are disrespected by students and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Have disciplinary measures that work so that educators have real steps to follow and disruptive students don't stay in the classroom.


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  5. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at ICEF Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to do whatever you'd like.

    Cons

    It's a very poorly run organization.

    Advice to Management

    Scale back. Go back to your roots.


  6. Helpful (1)

    There is plenty of professional growth and opportunities at ICEF!

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    Current Employee - Science Teacher
    Current Employee - Science Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I enjoy working with passionate educators who give their absolute all in teaching and preparing scholars for the 21st century.

    Cons

    ICEF has gone under lots of improvements with instructional practices and professional training. However, it still continues to lack the funding necessary to train teachers in all instructional areas that are necessary to be 100 percent prepared to be fully effected teachers in the classroom.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more necessary training to ALL staff members and not just to some!


  7. Resources poor

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at ICEF Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    I interviewed at the school and staff seemed dedicated.

    Cons

    I interviewed at the school and the resources were subpar. Any teacher coming in would have to supplement with their own money and resources. Very dingy classrooms. Bathrooms not clean. Main door not secure. Poor working conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Paint, clean, etc facelift would do wonders for morale.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Worse time of my life as a teacher.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You get paid on time each month.

    Cons

    No structure. Horrible cliques among administration. This charter system should be shut down. No diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair and become more diverse.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Woeful resources, woeful organization, no signs of improvement.

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ICEF Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The prospect of impacting students, friendship with teachers who support each other's efforts. Meeting parents who were supportive of your best efforts and sober about the school's limitations.

    Cons

    Dismal structure -most everything is done in a haphazard and last minute manner lacking clear instructions. Unprofessional behavior from administration, i.e., gossip, favoritism with no effort to camouflage behavior. Minimal respect for teachers, a blame game instead of collaborative procedures and proper follow-thru. Teacher bathroom seldom clean, obligatory and insincere morale builders (which of course produced the opposite result). Lacking enough books (in 2014 no less) and low expectations for students.

    Advice to Management

    Get priorities in order which means students are first. Show respect to your teachers who are professionals. Stop asking for things to be done without providing the tools to get the request done properly. (We would not do that to our students so why would you do that to your teachers?) Nepotism is a bad practice, it should stop.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Worrisome experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The best thing about working at ICEF was getting to work with dedicated teachers who were willing to put in night and day for the kids.

    Cons

    The leadership was very disappointing, as was the treatment of the teachers and staff. It is difficult to think that a lot of what happens at the schools is "for the kids."


  11. Helpful (1)

    Trainwreck

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    Former Employee - Education in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Education in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ICEF Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    ICEF *used* to be a great company to work for, where new teachers were developed and mentored, and empowered to meet the needs of the students.

    Cons

    Now, ICEF is a terrible place to work. Teachers are not supported at any level -- no aides, no meaningful training, and far below-normal compensation. Schools create logistical situations which deny teachers lunches and breaks in order to save on staff costs. PD planning does not lead effectively to teacher development, as experienced teachers have almost all left the organization, and main office presenters are frequently out of touch with the classroom. And administration often drops additional tasks on teachers without providing work time to complete them. This often happens in education, but it's particularly egregious at ICEF schools. This complete lack of respect for teachers wasn't the case in the past, but the heart of the company left with leaders like Mike Piscal and Robin Harris, and the brain of the company followed shortly thereafter. It's truly unfortunate that a once-great school like View Park Elementary is on the verge of PI status.

    Advice to Management

    Saving roughly $5K in salary is *not* more important than teacher quality; hire experienced teachers instead of interns whenever possible. Redesign your concept of PDs to recognize the relative youth (in the field) of your teachers and provide them with curriculum and classroom management best practices, data analysis, and training in using and understanding assessment -- the skills that new teachers need to be effective in the classroom. Create an environment where teachers feel supported and respected, to decrease turnover so that you can take advantage of teacher development. This needs to start at 5150 Goldleaf Circle, and be broadcast out to the school sites. Hire qualified, experienced administrators. And don't promote administrators after a year with a huge API drop! It looks really, really bad, as if the academic gains of students are not the primary goal. Doing everything "on the cheap" simply will not bring quality results.



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