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Chicago International Charter School Reviews

Updated January 29, 2018
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  1. "Great Principle, Teachers, and Kids"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago International Charter School part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Administrative Staff are very dedicated to the students. The environment is conducive to the kids learning. High expectations are placed on the students who rise to the expectation. The Principal is great! He knows how to interact with the kids, their parents, and the teachers to create a warm and welcoming, high energy and quality delivery of education. He and the other staff are very professional.

    Cons

    Some of the kids lack direction from home. This can lead to disruptive behavior, where in actuality the students are seeking attention. Sometimes, kids come to school without eating breakfast or are tired due to extraneous circumstances. This can deter their ability to focus. In general parental involvement in their kids academic lives needs improvement.


  2. "Teaching at CICS"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago International Charter School full-time

    Pros

    Like any teaching job, helping disadvantaged youth succeed is rewarding
    PTO is generous
    Coworkers are generally friendly and dedicated

    Cons

    Lots of expectations of extra duties. Work hours and hours of overtime for free, not even acknowledgement, because "it's for the kids."

    Advice to Management

    Fair pay for extra duties beyond contracted role. SPED and support staff is not "extra" staff.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Overworked"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago International Charter School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The parents were easy to communicate with.

    Cons

    I had been teaching for over ten years before taking this job and was treated like someone who had no ability to critically think or problem solve as to what students might need. I was given no freedom in my own workspace... I was not allowed to move the desks or even stand where I felt comfortable. The children were treated like soldiers... FOURTH GRADERS were not allowed any external movement outside of what the entire class was doing at the time. Unreasonable time was spent on meaningless "cheers" that were teacher-created. Children did not have opportunity to express themselves as individuals at any point in the day. I was given the work of two teachers. Each day, I was essentially supposed to memorize a script, and present it to the kids as-is. There was an unrealistic expectation to communicate with 30 parents bi-weekly, as well as document these interactions. The documentation was then to be submitted to administration, but then not accessible to the teacher. I could go on, but my advice to those seeking employment in these schools... DO NOT.

    Advice to Management

    It's obvious your teachers are burning out and unhappy. Consider allowing creative freedom in the classroom...


  4. "Teacher Job Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago International Charter School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great kids, rigorous curriculum, high behavioral expectations

    Cons

    Low teacher morale, low compensation, poor/lacking facilities for students and staff


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Regeneration Schools"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great co-workers and some great scholars! This school wants the best for all the students that go here.

    Cons

    They don't let you be you when you teach. They want you to teach it the way the LP tells you. Like, if the LP tells you to bring up something that has nothing to do with the lesson they expect you to do it. They want you to make it hard for the students and if you make it easier for them they cut you off and tell you to take notes on how they are doing it.

    Advice to Management

    If you can't trust your teachers to teach without you stepping in then you need to rethink who you hire and how you are doing things


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You are not required to perform any duties post 3:45. Pretty good teachers for the most part.

    Cons

    Low pay and poor benefits. A ton of favoritism and very little room to grow and advance. Teachers did not feel respected and there were no consequences for student behavior. Micromanagement of teachers, yet, students were out of control.

    Advice to Management

    Treat teachers better, pay them more, implement and enforce a student code of conduct.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Steadily Going In The Wrong Direction"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Chicago International Charter School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You're doing what you want to do, which is help kids.

    Cons

    They're understaffed so they overwork you with little to no compensation. Leadership is appauling and could use some training retreats for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    fire leadership, get a new vision and watch things come to fruition.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "CICS Basil"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago International Charter School full-time

    Pros

    Basil was my first year teaching. It was a rocky experience. I enjoyed working with such highly intelligent students and the other teachers were extremely helpful.

    Cons

    Administration, as in most cases, was a lot less than to be desired. The school was also a major school to prison pipeline set up. Students got punished for minor infractions and suspended day in and day out.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to work on less harsh punishment and consider switching to a more restorative justice approach. If not, a lot of these kids will continue down the wrong path and wind up in jail.


  9. "Building Structure"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary Writing in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary Writing in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago International Charter School (More than a year)

    Pros

    Team culture, enthusiastic students, caring staff and faculty

    Cons

    Needs more technology resources and parent engagement

    Advice to Management

    Continue building the culture


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Employees are Dispensable at Victory Managed Schools"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago International Charter School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Dedicated to their mission.
    -Will provide endless resources and professional development to employees they are willing to invest in long-term.
    -Many lessons are rich and rigorous.
    -Dedicated teachers, many of whom remain in an unhealthy work environment for the welfare and education of the children.

    Cons

    -Average teacher turnover of 50% per year
    -Unhealthy demands and work/life balance
    -Mistreatment of students that fosters an equally unhealthy social-emotional environment
    -Disrespect of teachers from administration and a clear attitude that teachers are only there to implement a preconceived model, not to contribute to a team

    Advice to Management

    If you would like to convey that you value your staff and their work, you will need to show that through your respect of their professional opinions and ethics. The fear that this "model" is psychologically detrimental to our students is not an uncommon one.


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