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Noble Network of Charter Schools Reviews

Updated December 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Noble provides the environment where both students and staff see the results of their hard work (in 7 reviews)

  • Students are very respectful and hard-working (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Passionate, Driven and Motivated towards One Day"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Learning Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Learning Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a positive energy at the Noble Schools. I walk into work with a smile everyday. Teachers do not become complacent and always strive to get better. Administration is on your side and supports your decisions if they benefit the school. Students are held accountable for their actions. Clear, consistent consequences allow you to teach your whole lesson. Discipline is at the foundation of a Noble education.

    Cons

    These are not magnet schools. Our students come to us several years behind their affluent counterparts. You will have to work hard to overcome the achievement gap.

    Advice to Management

    Stop into classrooms periodically and teach a lesson or two on topics you are passionate about. Allow teachers to observe your feedback in action.

    Noble Network of Charter Schools Response

    May 18, 2017 – Director of Talent Recruitment

    Thank you for sharing your experience at Noble! We appreciate your feedback.


  2. "Rauner College Prep"

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

    Pros

    Small school environment
    Great school culture
    Students are focused on college prepatory work
    Some opportunities to make a little extra cash

    Cons

    Low-- horrible pay
    Poor people management and treatment if you are support staff by a certain manager
    Poor job structure and guidelines for reviews

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of management that treats coworkers poorly
    Listen to support staff as well as teachers
    Allow for more of a dialogue with support staff and top management
    Put someone in charge of internal operations if the principal is going to be the hiring manager
    Focus on long-term internal campus goals that align with network goals (no clear campus goals)

  3. "High school teacher"

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

    Pros

    Lots of support and materials you can't get in public school

    Cons

    Terrible miltary like approach toward education.

    Advice to Management

    Teach for more then four years


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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

    Pros

    Good and relevant professional development.

    Cons

    No work life balance.
    Judgmental staff- if you don't stay until 6pm, you don't care about your kids.
    Placement outside of appropriate content area- individuals with math/science background doing college counseling with no experience.
    Entitled mentality.
    Lots of buzzwords but no actual guidance or instruction on how to implement strategies.

    Advice to Management

    Put teachers where they are trained.


  5. "Undervalued in a System of Politics and Favoritism"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities for possible growth and some bonuses

    Cons

    This network is governed by a system of favoritism. You can be overly qualified and educated, but its all about who the dictator principal once to put into certain positions. And if you're a classroom assistant or facilities employee, you are treated like a second class citizen.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people that are dictators and start hiring real leaders who care about all of their employees.


  6. "science teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    high expectations for students, nice facilities

    Cons

    unprofessional administration who views faculty as incredibly disposable. Most of the teachers are in Teach for America and have very little experience so they don't know any better when admin is making decisions that go against best practices. Lower salary than public schools with many more professional obligations. Get ready to work nights and weekends if you want to keep up.

    Advice to Management

    implement a teacher evaluation system that is based on something other than just ACT growth.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Pipeline to prison"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The kids are resilient and so insightful if you work with them, not always punish them!

    Cons

    The view that low income and minority kids needs to be trained/disciplined in order to be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Care about whole child and not just punishment.

  8. "No Work Life Balance; Children Are Just Numbers"

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    Former Employee - High School English Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - High School English Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bonuses
    Coworkers
    Opportunities for advancement (because of high turnover)

    Cons

    Absolutely no work life balance.
    Class sizes of 40+ students
    No coteachers for months
    Disrespectful Administration
    Unrealistic Goals
    Over-testing of Students
    Forced to Teach to the Test
    Racist Discipline System (Prison to Pipeline)
    High Turn Over

    Advice to Management

    Actually value the students you have at your schools. They are more than the data that gets you money. In addition, give teachers a manageable workload and the support needed to achieve the goals you want them to. Slim down your class sizes, get rid of racist discipline policies, and respect your staff members.


  9. "At Will Employer"

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, great experience of working with at-risk youth

    Cons

    Horrible work/life balance. Bewate, you can get fired for no reason despite how will that you have done on evaluations.

    Advice to Management

    Even though you have employees considered on an at-will status, please don't let new incoming principals have to the power to restructure "and lay off" employees for no reason, without seeing how effective a school's organization would be for at least a year.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Work Hard/Play Hard"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Learning Specialist
    Current Employee - Learning Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Overall young and inexperiences teachers who work hard instead of working smart.

    Cons

    It is not a sustainable work/life balance if you want to have a life outside of work.


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