Boston Public Schools Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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  1. overall it has been positive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nurse
    Current Employee - Nurse

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, if you have a lot of education, such as masters degree
    The union fights hard for us
    Nurses are in the teachers union
    Summers and holiday weeks off

    Cons

    It all depends on the school where you work, and the principal/headmaster you work for. Some schools are mostly pleasant to work in, others are horrible
    Dealing with a lot of inner city issues. Poor parenting skills, uneducated parents, unsafe neighborhoods for the kids to grow up, youth violence, etc
    Nurses are very isolated, usually one per school, so you have to advocate for yourself and for nursing.

    Advice to Management

    New superintendent is starting in a couple of months. He will set the course and direction for the foreseeable future

  2. Great staff who all backed each other up and wanted the best for students.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is rewarding to see students become successful under your watch. The school system has the best salaries in the nation.

    Cons

    If dealing with kids is not your thing then you'll have a hard time. I've worked with High School youth for a majority of my career so I had to adjust to working in middle schools.

    Advice to Management

    We are leading the nation in public education but there is still a lot more to be done. Keep up the good work and keep arts and sports available to students so that they can express themselves.

  3. Lead Teacher

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented, educated, hard working teachers. Strong Union and potential for superior collegiality

    Cons

    Leadership and innovation sorely lacking. Equitable support for individual schools sorely lacking. Top down management style.

    Advice to Management

    incorporate more meaningful teacher led management and development

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  5. The experience varies school to school.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools

    Pros

    The children are always ready to learn something new.

    Cons

    Some administrators are difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Get some people skills.

  6. Wonderful experience, challenging and dynamic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with amazing youth in need of excellent support. I also loved collaborating with families and the many 3rd part organizations that work with BPS.

    Cons

    There is a lot of red tape in BPS especially when it comes to trying to launch new initiatives. This was the most difficult aspect of teaching in BPS for me.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Has Issues, but Above Many Urban Districts

    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    If you find a school that has a vision aligned with your beliefs and a strong leadership team, this can be an amazing place to work.
    * High salaries in comparison to other districts
    * Many types of schools to choose from
    * Amazing kids
    * (Interim) Superintendent McDonough has been making some great shifts in the district culture and policies

    Cons

    * Despite higher salaries, you still have to buy supplies for your own classroom if you want new/quality materials
    * Many children have experienced hardship and need more support and less reactive discipline
    * Can be disorganized or ineffective/inefficient communication between the district and schools
    * Some (though it's getting better because of timely evaluations) tenured teachers are not effective

  8. Teacher

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, vacations, opportunity to grow with workshops and course offerings

    Cons

    Difficult populations, constant changes in curriculum etc

  9. Tough at times, but great place to learn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools

    Pros

    Boston is a large district so there are many other OTs to learn from. There is also good professional development on a monthly basis. Pay rate is higher than other school districts (but I think we have to work harder too.)

    Cons

    As an OT, you have to work many more hours than you are paid for and must pay for many things out of pocket. Some of the students have overwhelming needs and there is not the budget to provide the services they deserve...so it can be depressing.

  10. battling with bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools part-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relatively flexible hours during the low seasons

    Cons

    There are many people who are not working with passion. Very pessimistic.

  11. Six years

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Director in Dorchester, MA
    Current Employee - Program Director in Dorchester, MA

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pros are Holiday and Summer breaks

    Cons

    Cons are Class size and resources

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