No Excuses Charter School, tons of work, gets students to college
Teacher (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – March 23, 2017
Noble teachers are expected to put in long hours and do whatever it takes to get their students to college. Many Noble students are low-income, most of them are minority students who will be first generation college students. Despite being open since 1999, there is not codified curriculum or lessons so teachers spend inordinate amounts of time planning and creating lessons from scratch. Policies change each year and there is high turnover among teachers and other staff. Unlike many traditional Chicago Public Schools, Noble School buildings are modern, air conditioned and in working order. Teachers and staff are issued lap tops and classrooms are equipped with projectors and document cameras. Paper is supplied for copies and copiers are usually working. While the discipline code is very strict, it ensures that students are quiet and listening and able to learn during lessons.
safe and clean buildings, focus on academics, strict discipline code, well resourced with technology and supplies
teachers are evaluated on student test scores, many students transfer due to not making promotional requirements, low compensation, high teacher turnover