About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Uno Network Elementary Charter School's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Uno Network Elementary Charter School had 22 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Illinois average is 16 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Uno Network Elementary Charter School Reviews
Uno schools are a bad move. Stick to the Catholic schools. I regret transferring my children to an Uno school. The teachers don't care like Catholic school teachers do.
I have had two children enrolled at UNO Schools since 2007. I can personally attest to the high teacher turnover rate. Every year that they've been enrolled, at least one or more teachers from each grade level left.
Their focus on discipline has also lead to unfair treatment and excessive punishment. Students are led to believe that they can not function in an ordinary classroom if they do not abide by the rules that are set and the schools policies and procedures.
UNO uses a Tier System to determine whether students are well behaved. If a student fails to measure up to UNO's expectations of model behavior, they are punitively punished. Students then loose privileges to attend their class field trip and their class luncheon.
Furthermore, this year alone at least 20 percent of the graduating eighth grade class will not participate in the graduation ceremony. What's even more disturbing is the amount of times that students can be punished for the same incident again and again. A student can be issued an office referral and up to two detentions for a single incident. UNO schools is the only school where 1+1+1=6. Simply speaking, if a child has three incidents in a school year, they can be issued up to two detentions each time that they are in trouble at the end of the year, those three incidents can add up to 6 and make a child ineligible for all of the eighth grade activities including graduation.
The administrators and policy makers of UNO need to understand that education is not just about academic achievement. Education is also building up the child's self esteem and helping children develop socially. Punitive and excessive punishment does nothing for the child.
I would advise any parent considering sending their child to this school network to look at the teacher turn over rate. It is very high, partially because UNO lets teachers go for less than clear reasons and teachers leave each year due to poor treatment. It is not a stable enviroment and where the money is going in this district is very suspicious. Additionally, the focus on "discipline" is not only misguided, it is a distraction from creating a true learning enviroment. UNO needs to be held accountable for its actions and policies. This is a network that is not operating on a sustainable model and is destined to fail. Do not support UNO schools.