LEARN Charter School

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LEARN Charter School Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
5 Reviews
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5 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong Mission, Weak Follow-through

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at LEARN Charter School full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Desire to help urban youth

    Cons

    Low teacher morale; lack of consistency between schools in curriculum and policies/procedures; lack of effective, logical consequences for students or staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A challenging learning experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LEARN Charter School full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Teachers are dedicated to their students, parent involvement was strong, teachers were willing to collaborate and work together, teachers will share resources, school culture was mostly positive and supportive, most students were excited to learn

    Cons

    unrealistic expectations in regards to testing data, lack of resources, long hours, extended school day/school year, people in positions who didn't know how to do some aspects of their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    compensate employees appropriately, provide proper training/resources to employees, provide commuting options/compensation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    LEARN Charter School

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LEARN Charter School full-time

    Pros

    They are dedicated to their students.

    Cons

    Employees work really long hours.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Save yourself!

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I worked at LEARN Charter School full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Guided release & small group emphasis in reading and math.

    Cons

    Low pay, longer hours, not appreciated by management, too many people in the classroom (23-28 kids and two teachers), kids play teachers against each other, not enough planning time, 70% of year end evaluation is based on student test scores, principals pay their friends whatever they want regardless of how good test scores are, resident teachers get paid in the mid to upper 30's, teachers get paid in the low to mid forties, the CEO Greg White makes $325,000.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You get what you pay for. Stop hiring newbie teachers like TFA for low pay that don't match the demographics of your student population. Have more diversity in your hiring process for lead teachers. Teach culture studies relavant to the student population in reading/social studies. Have fewer kids in one physical space (more rooms, 10:1 student teacher ratio). Ax the assistant teacher thing. Evaluate principals better (there's a reason that the school is a revolving door for teachers).

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intense, overworked, learned a lot but it's time to leave.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Instructor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at LEARN Charter School

    Pros

    It's a great place to get your feet wet and get experience in teaching.

    Cons

    Bad kids, ridiculous hours (60+), lots of reinventing the wheel, unrealistic expectations of teachers, lofty visionaries for leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop reinventing the wheel. Have teachers share resources like lesson plans. Create an intranet for shared resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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