Perspectives Charter Schools

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Perspectives Charter Schools Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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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
    Recommends

    I have been working at Perspectives Charter Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    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 Management

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


  2. Teacher

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

    I have been working at Perspectives Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    You get an ok paycheck

    Cons

    Hi I worked for Perspectives Charter School for a few years. It is also one of the worst school's in the Chicago land area to work for. The founders Kim Day, Diana Cose are buddy buddy with the Mayor Rahm Emanuel ( who is plagued with problems with the Teachers Union in Chicago) and so have no problem getting charter school's approved. They are professional beggars who get funds from wealthy donors, to pay themselves and their hand picked executives wealthy salaries. Once they get the funds they expense everything personal ( like cars, cell phones, furniture) to the the school accounts without any oversight. There was so much micromanagement, that they tracked Teacher's login times (into their Student Information system) what time they were logging in at, what were the average test scores of the students tehy were teaching etc, so they can weed out the average workers from the Overworked ones. The CEO Rhonda Hopps came and let go of half the administrative staff within the first two years. because they are trying to run the school's like a business (with profits for the executives) with a hack and slash budget, with no regard whatsoever for people's jobs. One of the school secretaries they let go, after the poor lady worked there for 10 straight years, without any valid reason. You have to remember that The CEO Rhonda Hopps, and other executives of these Charter school, are paying themselves around 300K and above as salaries, and they fool young college kids, or people desperate for job, to work at these charter school's and put in 60-90 hours per week for what comes out to below minimum wage, while they pay themselves exorbitant undeserved salaries These Charter school's try to indoctrinate you in their so called vision , ( Our's was called a Disciplined Life) and they want the teachers and students to repeat this mindlessly. Teachers are expected to memorize and repeat verbatim, and if you find a problem with the poor working conditions, they chastise you for not accepting their so called vision, and eventually will find a reason to let you go. Anyone who ever voiced their opinion about the way things were run, were immediately let go at teh school, and the executives used to discuss in their meetings, that if someone was raising concern about poor working conditions then start making up stuff and put it in their HR file so they could 'comfortably' let the person go. In conclusion do not work for, support, send your kids to a Charter School. They treat their employees like crap, and misuse resources. All at the expense of tax payers. The executives (Rhonda Hopps, Kim Day, Diane Cose) at these school's are all crooks, who are professional beggars asking for funds. They expect everyone working at the school to sacrifice time and pay, but yet these hypocrites pay themselves outrageous salaries. They open up schools in poor neighborhood's and think they are doing a service but they are only servicing their back pockets. Remember the only reason Charter school's are opening up, is to undermine the Teacher's union( Which tries to protect employee's), and the more we support them, the less jobs there are in the public school sector for us average folk. Please post Thanks. Anonymous.


  3. Horrible Place To Work

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Perspectives Charter Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with great teachers that motivated one another. I also enjoyed teaching wonderful students.

    Cons

    Teachers were not treated as professionals. All teachers were observed one to three times a week in their classrooms, even with years of experience. There were meetings nearly every morning and also every Friday afternoon. Administrators were very disrespectful and unappreciative to faculty/staff and often talked down to them. Administrators pass you in the hallways without even smiling or saying hello. There were no disciplinary consequences for students that misbehaved; teachers were expected to teach and deal with all discipline problems. However, students misbehaving was at times too much to handle and there was no one willing to help. If a referral was written for a student by a teacher, an administrator would send an email back basically stating that you need to deal with it. Hugh turn over rate because most new teachers leave after their first year. Administrators would try to force you to go on overnight trips as if your job depended on it. Note to administrators: You cannot force educated professionals to do such things they might not agree with, especially when they are married or have kids. After working at a new school, I finally feel like a real professional that is respected and can finally say that I enjoy my career.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your teachers and employees, because you will not succeed without them.


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  5. Cheap

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Perspectives Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Summers off and a lot of holiday breaks.

    Cons

    Very cheap with salary increases.


  6. 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
    Recommends

    I worked at Perspectives Charter Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    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.


  7. Great staff, not great leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Perspectives Charter Schools full-time

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Hard working people

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

    I worked at Perspectives Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)

    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 Management

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


  9. 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
    Recommends

    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 Management

    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


  10. 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
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    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 Management

    Sustainability



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