ICEF Public Schools

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ICEF Public Schools Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
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    Resources poor

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worse time of my life as a teacher.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ICEF Public Schools

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be fair and become more diverse.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Woeful resources, woeful organization, no signs of improvement.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at ICEF Public Schools full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worrisome experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ICEF Public Schools

    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."

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trainwreck

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    Former Employee - Education in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Education in Los Angeles, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of support

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at ICEF Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The teachers care about their students and work hard towards giving their students a good education.

    Cons

    Poor school culture
    Teachers overworked, approx. 80+ hours a week
    Lack of professionalism among management
    Unruly students with no support from administration
    Unhelpful professional development
    High teacher turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please work on effectively supporting your teachers. I would caution the company against nepotism. Create accountability for your management team. Your teachers can be your best asset if you support them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    HORRIBLE SCHOOLS

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    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at ICEF Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get to go home eventually at the end of the day.

    Cons

    Staff resembles a middle school/high school clique themselves. Attitude problems are prevalent. Not supportive of new teachers, no communication amongst staff. Horrible experience teaching here. AVOID ICEF AT ANY COSTS! Go to Animo schools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less biased towards your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not much support

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at ICEF Public Schools full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They are idealistic and there are lots of teachers who try to give a better education for the students.

    Cons

    Some of the administration are not very supportive. They seem to worry only about themselves and the numbers (test scores) - which is understandable, but they don't give teachers enough support to achieve higher standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your teachers - especially beginners...

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    ICEF Schools

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at ICEF Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Small staff and small school, which allows for a connected community. All classes allow students to prepare for college.

    Cons

    A lot of new teachers (many teachers leave each year and new ones are hired) which can be hard when trying to improve the school.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Organization

    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at ICEF Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was an opportunity to learn and grow.

    Cons

    The organization and administration that managed us did not collectively have the wisdom or ability to effectively run such a large ship. Most of the administrators were too young or simply lacked the experience to critically think, analyze or solve problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a walk in a teacher's shoes through the classroom and the personal culture of people with experience and responsibilities like children or what it means to be a single parent.

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