Noble Network of Charter Schools

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Updated 17 February 2015
Updated 17 February 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Experience at Focused & Driven School

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    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    I work at the Golder campus of the Noble Network of Charter Schools, and I am very happy with my current job! I enjoy working at a school that has a clear vision and established values, so that my focus can be on teaching to the best of my ability. Teachers receive coaching from supportive deans and department leads and are able to take advantage of manageable schedules and ample prep time. Administration similarly offers lots of support in pushing teachers towards clear goals throughout the year.

    Cons

    Frequent coaching does not come without high expectations--something Noble is known for. We constantly strive for high achievement, with frequent goals to reach and strategies for tweaking and revising plans & strategies. It can be stressful. In addition, teachers may be required to take on extra responsibilities such as an advisory, which can contribute added stresses and time commitments.

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    The Noble Network provides great opportunities and atmosphere for personal and professional growth.

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Noble Network of Charter Schools as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great culture
    -Supportive co-workers and administrative staff.
    -Professional Development opportunities
    -Staff really cares about students
    -Strong Leadership

    Cons

    -Rigid discipline system (works well for some kids, but not all)
    -Can become difficult to balance work and life

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    -Keep up the positive and welcoming culture.

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    Making an impact at Noble

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I have worked at Golder College Prep for 7 years and really love being a part of this organization! I believe in the mission of Noble and our goal of getting students to and through college, and I feel that we are accomplishing that. My favorite part of my job is the people that I work with. Our teachers are the best of the best and have an amazing work ethic. It is great to be around staff members who are giving their all for our students. It motivates me and has helped me develop professionally.

    Cons

    You are definitely working longer days than the average teacher, especially if you are designing a new curriculum.

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    I know I am making an impact by working for the Noble Network of Charter Schools!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Noble Network of Charter Schools full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The best reason to work at a Noble school are the kids. They're amazing and gritty. The second best reason to work for Noble are my colleagues. I am surrounded by intelligent and hardworking people. No slackers in this school.

    Cons

    Time commitment. I feel like I could always being doing more and my job is never finished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Noble has great benefits, but to retain those amazing teachers, they need to pay them more.

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    To and through college for our students

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Our students not only make it to college, but all Noble network employees do their best to make sure students have the skills necessary to be successful once they get to college.
    The entire network is full of staff that dedicates their lives to bettering the next generation, who doesn't want to be a part of that?

    Cons

    High expectations for students, requires good follow through with teachers. causes long hours. As a first year Noble teacher, a good work-life balance is very difficult to maintain; however, there is little to no pressure about the hours. Noble staff chooses to put in these long hours.

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    Don't forget to focus on the positive things Noble staff are doing, not just the areas that need improvement.

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    A nice community of highly successful people!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Noble Network of Charter Schools

    Pros

    Fellow teachers REALLY care and put their whole heart into the work.

    Cons

    Not every principal is created equal!!! I saw a few schools int he network suffer because of poor administrators and school leaders...

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    Great place for the high achiever to make a difference

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    Current Employee - Counselor
    Current Employee - Counselor

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

    Pros

    I started and continue to work at Noble because I wanted to be surrounded by educators who care as much and put in as much effort every day as I do. At my particular campus, this is true of nearly everyone I work with and it is a very unique experience to respect and be respected by so many coworkers. Our discipline code is strict, and while it is easy to find small things that you disagree with within it (Do I really think kids should get an automatic detention for possessing a sharpie?) overall I feel that our Culture is the main reason our students are able to learn so much more than most students at CPS schools - they feel safer, teachers can teach with little distraction, and students know there are high expectations for them every day. At my campus we have a strong focus on teamwork, so we ensure that everyone within a given department has the same prep period, to ensure we can have department planning meetings and collaboration within school hours. We actively work on teamwork in order to keep the focus on students. Noble, as a network, also has a strong focus on competition and collaboration, so while campuses are constantly comparing results, we are also given time and opportunities to collaborate to share best practices. I feel supported by my administration and I feel that my opinion is valued.

    We are paid less than CPS educators, but often our bonus can nearly make up for this. The benefits are good - as a non-certified teacher, I don't pay into the Chicago Teachers Pension, and get a 401K match instead.

    Cons

    Working at Noble can easily become your life. This is my fourth year and I am only starting to not feel guilty if I don't do work at home every evening, or if I refuse to do work on Saturdays. With high expectations for students come high expectations for staff - Noble also tends to hire people with high expectations for themselves and a history of achievement. At my campus there is no one telling you that you have to work overtime - everyone just does it in order to stay afloat and meet expectations.

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    Amazing company that makes a difference in the life of Chicago students!

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    Current Employee - Instructor
    Current Employee - Instructor

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

    Pros

    The work we do really matters in the life of kids. These schools put the needs of Chicago students and their families first in order to make college graduation reality.

    Cons

    As in most teaching jobs, work/life balance can be hard to achieve. These schools want great results for their students, so they expect great work from their teachers to make this happen.

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    Focused urban school district employing hard-working young professionals

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    Current Employee - Teacher (English)
    Current Employee - Teacher (English)

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

    Pros

    I really love working with and for people that highly intelligent and committed. It makes for a really positive work environment. We're also within a certain age range so it's pretty social. There's a good deal of autonomy, and the encouragement to constantly be learning. Additionally, there's a lot more instructional support than you typically get a public schools. The benefits are great, and I generally feel very respected as an individual and as a teacher.

    Cons

    There's an extremely high level of accountability, and an expectation that "above and beyond" is par for the course. There's also a good deal of turnover, (many reasons for this, including reasons specific to Noble as well as the fact that teaching itself is a high turnover profession and the age range of people that work here is young, people that move around alot, etc.). However, the turnover itself can make it more difficult, because you feel like you have to reinvent the wheel every year, to a certain extent.

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    I think they do a great job. I'm really happy with the leadership of my school and the leadership of the network. I don't love the corporate feel, and I definitely wish they would align some of the uniform/culture expectations with the 21st century...but overall, I'm happy with the direction they generally take things.

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