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  1. "I learned how to be a team player while working at Perspectives Charter School."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Accounting Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The best reasons for working with Perspectives was the people are like family.

    Cons

    I did always like the decisions management made within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Talk with the employess and get their ideas regarding changes to the organization.


  2. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Perspectives Charter Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very lovely group of people.

    Cons

    Administration can be unorganized. Lots of turn over.


  3. "The best learning experience I have had in my employment history."

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    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at Perspectives Charter Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    An organization that allows room for personal and professional growth and development.

    Cons

    As with any educational institution, politics play a major role. That being said, if you aren't comfortable with playing the political game, being an educator is not for you.


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  5. "Great staff, not great leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Perspectives Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Staff members are collaborative and caring. 95% of teachers are there for the right reasons and do the best they can each day with what they are provided.

    Cons

    Principals and leaders are disconnected with what goes on in the classroom. They are not trained to inspire or motivate us to do our jobs better. There is no curriculum and people are not evaluated properly to do their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Give compliments to your teachers, make sure they are praised and satisfied on the job. Make sure you evaluate fairly and provide a streamlined curriculum through the grades.


  6. "Hard working people"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Perspectives Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Almost everyone you work with cares about the kids and works very hard

    Cons

    There is little work life balance and a lot is demanded of you, including giving up all of your prep periods and not having lunch.

    Advice to Management

    Teachers need planning time and time to complete the data analytics you request of them.


  7. "Staff can be a trip but the point of it all outweighs the shortcoming.."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    Helping urban youth
    great schedule
    demanding but rewarding

    Cons

    too many TFA teachers
    high turnover rate
    inconsistent communication from leadership
    long hours

    Advice to Management

    higher the best leaders to better structure the schools
    only allow 20% of staff to be TFA to reduce turnovers
    provide tuition reimbursement, that might reduce your turnovers
    don't change your mind about stuff in the middle of the school year


  8. "I can never do enough to satisfy the administration."

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

    Pros

    The students at Perspectives are mostly wonderful. They have a choice where they go to school and many of them choose Perspectives because of the focus on college. They are bought in to the character education program at the school and generally do well as far as behavior goes.

    Cons

    The expectations are unreasonable. It seems like every week something else is added to the mandatory to-do list for teachers and so nothing gets done well. Additionally all of these things take away from actually teaching which hurts the students. Major behavior issues with students are not addressed to the extent that they should be sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on one or two things to improve about the school at a time. Trying to create a revolution is unsuccessful and creates anxiety and an inability for teachers and students to adapt. If everyone focused on doing a few things really well, positive change would happen.


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    "Teaching"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - English Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - English Teacher in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Perspectives has a highly motivated team, provides opportunities for very fulfilling work, and maintains a supportive leadership team in their effort to provide educational equality.

    Cons

    ZERO work/life balance exists within this school.

    Advice to Management

    Sustainability


  10. "Great School Network"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Perspectives Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated to students, teachers are well respected, teachers are paid what you can expect, teachers are given respect to teach in their style and not in a formula

    Cons

    Student buy in stinks, lots of promises that don't happen (charter school, I mean, c'mon, not a lot of cash) so students just want to fight the system. Partly just being kids but, partly they have reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your teachers even more. Elevate good teachers to larger school leadership roles and don't worry about getting rid of ineffective teachers or those that won't pull their weight. Schools operate as a whole. Only as strong as your weakest teacher.


  11. "Teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Perspectives Charter Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great community, great purpose and feeling of fulfillment

    Cons

    long hours, not enough resources, crazy behavior issues


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