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ICEF Public Schools Reviews

Updated November 9, 2017
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  1. "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ICEF Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Community values and parent involvement

    Cons

    Salary is so so compared to other charter schools


  2. "Great place for some, hell on earth for others."

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

    I worked at ICEF Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Had a chance to work with some amazing professionals.
    - Many individuals care about the student population and want to help them.
    - Chances to move up, though it is often political.
    - Ok salary

    Cons

    - Inconsistency between school sites
    - Could be in a situation which is not entirely safe– students can be very defiant and sometimes physically harm teachers with little ramifications.
    - Forced PDs which are to decipher the lesson plans from corporate, rather than find ways to improve your teaching. Often the lesson plans are very restrictive and don't fit your own teaching style or what you class needs, but you are held accountable for performing them anyway.
    - Company and some teachers confuse the pedagogy of poverty with the culturally sensitive pedagogy.

    Advice to Management

    When you hire professionals, trust them to be professionals and know what to do with their students.

  3. "Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ICEF Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Committed teachers and support staff

    Cons

    Low Teacher Salary Schedule being implemented.

    Advice to Management

    Be more competitive in teacher salaries.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "8th grade math teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with the students was amazing.

    Cons

    The professional developments weren't too helpful. Should tailor it more to teachers in class needs.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and respect employees. Provide job security.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ICEF Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Consistent paycheck, friendly staff, clean building, great if you don't value or need work/life balance, great if you thrive in a high-pressure, big brother, corporate environment.

    Cons

    Stifling, controlling work environment, lack of concern for employees, lack of trust of employees, lack of concern for education of children, lack of insight for effective teaching, and behavioral management practices, administration is over concern with appearances to LAUSD instead of being in touch with reality regarding needs and concerns of students and staff. High teacher turn over rate, low morale. No consistent, school wide discipline policy so the students and parents create a hostile working and teaching environment. Everyone who works in the school seems to be overworked and overloaded with little to no support from home office.

    Advice to Management

    Operate with the needs of students and staff in mind instead of focusing solely on what makes sense on a spreadsheet.

    ICEF Public Schools Response

    Jun 20, 2017 – HR Director

    Dear Reviewer,

    Thank you for sharing your opinions. ICEF Public Schools strives to create an organization-wide learning environment where teachers feel supported and students can thrive. We are... More


  6. "Great Organization!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ICEF Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated, passionate group of people focused on educating and enriching the lives of inner city youth. Team-oriented with lots of opportunies to collaborate with others and develop professionally. Communication with executive management is open and productive.

    Cons

    The work itself is very challenging so it does take a high level of dedication and commitment. Must be willing to work hard to succeed.


  7. "Great Charter School Network"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ICEF Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    ICEF is a great option for parents looking for a great school for their kids. The teachers are knowledgable and hold their kids accountable for high academic outcomes.

    Cons

    You have to be willing to wear many hats!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Overpromise and Under-deliver"

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

    I worked at ICEF Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The children were always the best part of the job. The vast majority were eager for a teacher that could match their needs.

    Cons

    Low pay
    No support from administration
    Teachers instructed to lie to parents about staff departing mid-year
    High turnover, at all times of the school year
    If a teacher achieves results in a manner not consistent with how administration thinks things should be done, they will be forced to conform. My students consistently outscored the rest of the school, but each year I would be asked to stop teaching in my own style and instead focus on writing out and reading the state standards to students every day, which would take up a substantial amount of instructional time
    Office worker was held in higher regard than the teaching staff, allowing them to steamroll over young teachers instead of supporting them as they should have
    High Stress
    Longer hours than your average teaching job
    Vast majority of teachers were not fully credentialed
    Blisteringly low morale

    Advice to Management

    Build a culture where teachers are valued and supported, instead of chastised and chased out


  9. Helpful (1)

    "CEO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ICEF Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great learning communities if you have the right Director/Principal. Those who really care about the students go above and beyond to assist the children and make them a priority. The school cared more in the earlier years, prior to the new CEO.

    Cons

    Not enough resources available, some management in high level positions aren't qualified to be in those positions and as a result it is frowned upon by other classified and credentialed staff.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to why ICEF was founded, and the mission to help students in the Inner City and provide a quality education for all students.


  10. "Special Education Teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Educator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Special Educator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ICEF Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    School has made significant progress in the past three years. Excellent School site administration

    Cons

    better communication between administration and teaching staff

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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