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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Principle, Teachers, and Kids"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago International Charter School part-time for 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.

    Chicago International Charter School2016-05-07
  2. "CICS Loomis Primary"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Chicago International Charter School full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Great sense of team work

      Cons

      Needs more structure and discipline

      Chicago International Charter School2019-03-22
    • "Teaching at CICS"

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      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.

      Chicago International Charter School2018-01-10
    • Helpful (1)

      "Overworked"

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

      I worked at Chicago International Charter School full-time for 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...

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      Advice to Management

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

      Chicago International Charter School2018-01-29
    • "Teacher Job Review"

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      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 for 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

      Chicago International Charter School2017-12-18
    • Helpful (1)

      "Regeneration Schools"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Chicago International Charter School

      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

      Chicago International Charter School2017-10-16
    • Helpful (1)

      "Teacher"

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

      I worked at Chicago International Charter School

      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.

      Chicago International Charter School2016-07-02
    • Helpful (2)

      "CICS Basil"

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      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.

      Chicago International Charter School2015-12-01
    • Helpful (1)

      "Steadily Going In The Wrong Direction"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

      I have been working at Chicago International Charter School full-time for 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.

      Chicago International Charter School2015-12-09
    • "Building Structure"

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      Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary Writing in Chicago, IL
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Chicago International Charter School for 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

      Chicago International Charter School2015-10-08
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