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Noble Network of Charter Schools Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Noble provides the environment where both students and staff see the results of their hard work (in 10 reviews)

  • You will grow as a teacher from the professional development offered at the school and network levels (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is tough (especially at first) (in 25 reviews)

  • Often long hours, many "asks" beyond the typical school day (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Be Noble = Be Accountable"

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    Current Employee - College Counselor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - College Counselor in Chicago, IL
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Straight forward employer, clear expectations and a culture of accountability.

    Cons

    Difficult student population, small number of male educators especially minority men.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be student focused and recruit male, minority teaching/leadership talent.


  2. "Strong Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Strong school discipline and culture
    High student expectations
    Strong staff culture
    Staff are very supportive of students

    Cons

    Discipline can be too harsh and can affect student happiness
    Salaries are lower than public schools
    Teachers have a poor work/life balance


  3. "Passionate and innovative environment that serves kids well"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I have been working at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Innovative, passionate coworkers who believe with their whole hearts in what they do
    Provides educational environment from which kids emerged well-equipped to not only get into but also graduate from college

    Cons

    Significant differences between campuses due to autonomy of leadership

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to ensure that, within the model of autonomy for leadership, there are measures taken to ensure that staff voices are being consistently heard and honored


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  5. "Great flexibility and outcomes for students"

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

    I have been working at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Group of highly professional colleagues to work alongside
    - Flexibility in helping me as a teacher attain results.
    - Autonomy regarding curricular decisions

    Cons

    - Difficulty in feeling cohesion between different campuses in the Noble Network


  6. "Passionate and dedicated staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Noble is a great place to work, because for a few reasons: 1) the staff is passionate and dedicated to serving their students, 2) high expectations are the standard for our staff and students, 3) growth in almost every sense is always a part of our goal, 4) can communicate with leaders easily.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be a challenge, but if you work to implement efficient systems, are organized, have a growth mind-set, and desire to be a part of something that is doing something great in the city of Chicago, it can get easier and is doable.


  7. "Well run charter school"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    A network of schools with autonomy from CPS to make decisions. Rewarding work.

    Cons

    Long hours can be difficult to manage


  8. "An exciting and demanding place to work"

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    Current Employee - Learning Specialist (Special Education Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Learning Specialist (Special Education Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Making a positive impact in the lives of students, and helping students to go to college. Noble (and Speer) is committed to helping mostly minority youth go to college and graduate. This permeates everything that is done. We truly do change students lives and thought process about their future. The school climate and discipline is positive and safe. Teachers have freedom in developing curriculum. Staff is young, dynamic, and committed to their careers and students. Administration is supportive, and present. The students and their families.

    Cons

    It is demanding. The school year is longer than CPS as is the school day. But I think the positives outweigh the negatives.


  9. "Good schools, but unlikely to satisfy career teachers"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is by far the best charter network of high schools in the City. The schools are really consistent and "strict" as far as behavior is concerned. This allows me to do my job 99% of the time during instruction. Most things are transparent and clearly communicated. Big picture, the schools seem intent on doing what's best for students.

    Cons

    Schools are very focused on testing, but this seems to be the direction all education is headed in for this country. I consider this a con because the emphasis on testing crowds out any other intellectual gains or skills that can't be tested, like writing. Salary's aren't in any way competitive compared to any other public school in the city or suburbs. Salaries in combination with a lack of development, experience, and incisive leadership mean that turnover is very high. Losing so many teachers practically ensures that students are left with inexperienced, overworked, and unqualified instructors.

    Advice to Management

    Transition this really wonderful network from survival mode i.e. get kids into college, get high test scores, make sure students look compliant, etc. to deeper and more meaningful education that will endure in city that desperately needs it.


  10. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    At Noble, you will work alongside extremely talented, hard-working and passionate people who truly care about urban education. You will grow as a teacher from the professional development offered at the school and network levels. Teachers have high levels of autonomy in their classrooms.

    Cons

    Noble is a high-stress and fast-paced working environment. Sometimes the environment feels data-driven to a fault.


  11. "Teaching"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I have been working at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Every teacher I have encountered thus far genuinely cares about his or her students. Teachers strive their best to come in to work each day and offer the best teaching they can.
    There is great consistency on expectations, rules, and policies.

    Cons

    The work days can be longer than in most other schools/jobs.



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