Perspectives Charter Schools

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Perspectives Charter Schools Reviews

Updated June 23, 2014
Updated June 23, 2014
8 Reviews

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  1.  

    I learned how to be a team player while working at Perspectives Charter School.

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    Current Employee - Accounting Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Accounting Assistant in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    The best reasons for working with Perspectives was the people are like family.

    Cons

    I did always like the decisions management made within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk with the employess and get their ideas regarding changes to the organization.

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company is in need of dedicated employees and real job descriptions.

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    Former Employee - Payroll Administrator  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Payroll Administrator in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    The company's employees were friendly to work with.

    Cons

    The unstructured departments left me wondering which person is in charge to assist others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set job descriptions and stand by them.

  3.  

    The best learning experience I have had in my employment history.

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    Former Employee - Paraprofessional  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    An organization that allows room for personal and professional growth and development.

    Cons

    As with any educational institution, politics play a major role. That being said, if you aren't comfortable with playing the political game, being an educator is not for you.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great staff, not great leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Staff members are collaborative and caring. 95% of teachers are there for the right reasons and do the best they can each day with what they are provided.

    Cons

    Principals and leaders are disconnected with what goes on in the classroom. They are not trained to inspire or motivate us to do our jobs better. There is no curriculum and people are not evaluated properly to do their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give compliments to your teachers, make sure they are praised and satisfied on the job. Make sure you evaluate fairly and provide a streamlined curriculum through the grades.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6.  

    Hard working people

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

    Pros

    Almost everyone you work with cares about the kids and works very hard

    Cons

    There is little work life balance and a lot is demanded of you, including giving up all of your prep periods and not having lunch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teachers need planning time and time to complete the data analytics you request of them.

  7.  

    Staff can be a trip but the point of it all outweighs the shortcoming..

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Helping urban youth
    great schedule
    demanding but rewarding

    Cons

    too many TFA teachers
    high turnover rate
    inconsistent communication from leadership
    long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    higher the best leaders to better structure the schools
    only allow 20% of staff to be TFA to reduce turnovers
    provide tuition reimbursement, that might reduce your turnovers
    don't change your mind about stuff in the middle of the school year

    Recommends
  8.  

    I can never do enough to satisfy the administration.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    The students at Perspectives are mostly wonderful. They have a choice where they go to school and many of them choose Perspectives because of the focus on college. They are bought in to the character education program at the school and generally do well as far as behavior goes.

    Cons

    The expectations are unreasonable. It seems like every week something else is added to the mandatory to-do list for teachers and so nothing gets done well. Additionally all of these things take away from actually teaching which hurts the students. Major behavior issues with students are not addressed to the extent that they should be sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on one or two things to improve about the school at a time. Trying to create a revolution is unsuccessful and creates anxiety and an inability for teachers and students to adapt. If everyone focused on doing a few things really well, positive change would happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Teaching

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    Current Employee - English Teacher  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - English Teacher in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Perspectives has a highly motivated team, provides opportunities for very fulfilling work, and maintains a supportive leadership team in their effort to provide educational equality.

    Cons

    ZERO work/life balance exists within this school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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