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Noble Network of Charter Schools Overview

Chicago, IL
1001 to 5000 employees
1999
School / School District
K-12 Education
Unknown / Non-Applicable
The Noble Network of Charter Schools is an open enrollment, multi-campus charter public high school serving students throughout Chicago. Noble is Chicago's largest and highest-performing open-enrollment charter school network. Since opening its first campus in ... Read more

Mission: Noble prepares low-income students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives, and serves as a catalyst for education reform in Chicago.

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  • We are looking for great people to join our special education team for the 2016-17 school year. Check out this video to learn more about what it’s like to be a learning specialist at Noble. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ7sc

    Teaching Special Education at Noble

    The Noble Network of Charter Schools is committed to providing high-quality education to all students. Learn about some of the work that our special educators do to ensure that all scholars succeed. Antarctica by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/

  • Noble students, families, and staff,

    Twenty years ago, Noble opened its doors and welcomed 126 students at its first campus. Today we serve thousands of students and families across Chicago, 1,300 staff members and over 12,000 alumni. Noble’s positive impact in our city is unparalleled, which makes the opportunity to now serve as Noble’s next CEO a tremendous blessing that I do not take for granted.

    In this moment of transition, I commit to you that we will never lose the things that make Noble the place you choose to send your students, the place you choose to teach and lead. As we look toward the next twenty years, I am eager to continue this great work with you to make Noble even stronger and better for the many people we serve. Thank you for your trust and belief in my leadership.

    I look forward to writing the next chapter of this story with you. Thanks for all you do, always.

    With gratitude,

    CJ

    Constance Jones
    Chief Executive Officer
    Noble Network of Charter Schools

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Noble Network of Charter Schools – Why Work For Us?


Join Noble Today to provide students with a high-quality education that will prepare them for success in high school, college, and beyond.

Here, you will be part of Chicago’s largest and highest-performing network of charter schools.


A diverse workforce is critical to ensuring our students receive the best education possible. That is why Noble has put a premium on nurturing an inclusive culture where employees with wide-ranging backgrounds and qualities are engaged and connected.


  • In 1999 two Chicago Public School teachers opened Noble Street Charter School in cooperation with the Northwestern University Settlement Association.
     
  • Noble’s first class graduates in 2003. More than 85% of graduates pursued postsecondary education.
     
  • In 2005, Noble began its expansion to serve more students.  Noble’s first two expansion campuses, Rauner College Prep and Pritzker College Prep open their doors to serve additional students in 2006.
     
  • Noble’s first class of graduates begins earning college degrees in 2007. Golder College Prep and Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy open in August of 2007.
     
  • In 2008, Noble opens its sixth and seventh campuses, UIC College Prep and Gary Comer College Prep.
     
  • Three Noble campuses are the highest performing open enrollment high schools in Chicago, based on 2009 ACT scores; Noble campuses rank first through third. Noble’s Muchin College Prep and Chicago Bulls College Prep campuses open.
     
  • In 2010, Johnson College Prep, Noble’s tenth campus, opens in the Englewood community. Noble receives a $10.6 million Charter School Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
     
  • In August of 2011, Noble opens our first middle school at the site of Gary Comer College Prep in the Grand Crossing community. Gary Comer Middle School welcomed its first class of seventy 6th graders and plans to serve 180 students in grades 6-8 when at full capacity.
     
  • For the third year in a row, in 2011 all Noble campuses taking the ACT rank among the top ten highest performing open enrollment schools in Chicago.
  • Noble began its next phase of expansion in August 2012 by opening two new campuses. DRW College Prep serves Chicago's West side in Homan Square and Hansberry College Prep is educating students on the far South side.
  • This fall Noble ventured even farther south opening Baker College Prep in the South Chicago community and Butler College Prep serving the Pullman neighborhood.
  • In 2013 Brenda Cora, a member of Noble's first ever graduating class, makes history by taking leadership of Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy as Noble's first alumni principal.
  • 2014 saw the opening of Noble's two newest campuses - ITW David Speer Academy and The Noble Academy. Speer Academy is Noble's first STEM campus and extends a Noble education to the families of Chicago's northwest side. The Noble Academy is a is a collaboration between Noble and Phillips Exeter Academy and brings small group, student-centered Harkness® instruction to Chicago.
  • Noble is the 2015 winner of the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools!

Noble was founded on many of the same entrepreneurial principles that have built successful businesses—strong leadership, meaningful use of data, and a high degree of accountability. With longer class periods, a longer school day, and a longer school year, Noble provides students with substantially more instructional time than the traditional Chicago public high school. This extra time, combined with a disciplined, consistent school culture, high expectations, and a team of dedicated teachers, results in dramatically improved academic performance.

It starts with culture.

Because success is the only option for our students, we operate on culture of high expectations - for academics, for behavior, and for our students' futures.  We know that college is crucial for future success, so everything we do is to prepare our students for that next step.  Academic rigor is the norm and discipline and accountability are a part of daily life for students.  We believe that by 'sweating the small stuff' and pushing our students to reach their full potential, we are building the skills, knowledge, and behaviors needed to be successful in college and in life.

Great Adults = Great Outcomes

We know the biggest predictor of our students' academic success is the quality of the adults in the building.  That's why we work tirelessly to recruit, hire, and support the best educators in the country.  And we know they work tirelessly to ensure that every student has the resources they need to be successful.  We give our teachers the freedom to innovate in the classroom, access to transparent data so they can analyze their performance, and we compensate our teachers and school leaders for results.  This is why our schools rank as the top performing high schools in Chicago on ACT scores and academic gains.

Data-Driven Improvement

If we care about it, we need to be able to measure it.  From community service hours, attendance, and behavior to academic growth, number of college applications submitted, and amount of scholarships awarded, data drives everything we do and it's crucial to our continuous improvement.   Noble has created a sophisticated dashboard of information that updates every four hours so we can track students' progress and identify any red flags, in real time.

We are college bound.

Noble’s College Program exposes our students to higher education options and guides them through the collegiate application process. Through college trips, college fairs, summer college immersion programs and a required year-long College Writing course, Noble demystifies the college experience and shapes students’ beliefs and confidence about higher education.

Our commitment to students’ success extends through college. Alumni Coordinators at each campus provide academic and financial aid advising and workshops, mentoring, networking and counseling for alumni as they adjust to college life.

Through the Summer of a Lifetime program, low-income, minority scholars of the Noble Network are provided funding and support to participate in life-changing, summer academic enrichment programs on college campuses nationwide. 

Summer of a Lifetime founder, Michael Milkie, and a Hansberry Summer of a Lifetime participant appear on Fox Chicago to speak about the program and its impact on our students. Watch here: 

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    Pros

    -You will be surrounded by an effective administrative team and dedicated colleagues, who are highly invested and committed to carrying out the school's mission and supporting all students 100%.
    -Expect personal and professional growth in and outside of the classroom setting as a Noble Network staff member

    Cons

    -You will want to attend afterschool events like sports games, musicals and open mic performances in order to support students, but will face time constraints.

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to support staff who is ineterested in building leadership skills and furthering thier career within education.

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Noble Network of Charter Schools photo of: Graduates of Baker College Prep's founding class.
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Noble Network of Charter Schools photo of: Noble celebrates its 20th year of Love and High Expectations for students in 2018-19
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Noble Network of Charter Schools Awards & Accolades

  • 2015 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools (Top Public Charter School System in America), The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, 2015

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Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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