Spring Branch Independent School District

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Spring Branch Independent School District Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
22 Reviews
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Spring Branch Independent School District Superintendent Duncan F. Klussmann
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    SBISD

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX

    I worked at Spring Branch Independent School District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many good values, very little direct support. Mediocre benefits. The district is trying to replace experienced teachers with new hires so as to save money, thus education will suffer in the short run until the teachers become trained.

    Cons

    The children come from poor families. Difficult to teach students. Very little support from administration, things just get handed back to teachers while putting blame on them for all shortcomings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the working teacher. Give them the tools to succeed and be true to experienced teachers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    A bit more sane, but no better than any other school district.

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher

    I have been working at Spring Branch Independent School District part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Above average quality school district. Administrators generally have better leadership skills and make more rational decisions than the ones in a certain neighboring district. Teachers also tend to remain employed here longer than the average 1-2 years in that other district.

    Cons

    No appeal process for substitutes who are banned from a school, and some of the ban reasons stated have no bearing on actual events. This seems to be an issue at schools in richer parts of the district.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the administrators in the rich neighborhoods to listen more to their staff and less to whiny kids and bully parents. Otherwise keep up the good work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Middle School Rating

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spring Branch Independent School District part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    School recently renovated. Convenient location. Teachers helpful and communicate well with parents. Good parental support.

    Cons

    One to the 2 remaining SBISD acceptable middle schools, south of I-10 is on a downward spiral. Many of the better teachers exiting, due to lack of planning and lack of cooperation on the principal's part. The school is suddenly accepting transfers now, where in the past it was capped. Students with behavior problems are not disciplined properly, but simply "talked to," and sent back to class. Dress code not enforced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new principal, please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good District, But Public Education is Public Education

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    Current Employee - Secondary Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Secondary Teacher in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Spring Branch Independent School District full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's small enough where you can easily become a leader in your area. Salary by teacher standards is really good. Most people are friendly, helpful and supportive.

    Cons

    It's still urban public school and the experience from campus to campus could be totally different. As with everywhere, there is a major emphasis on test scores and students are...students. My campus is increasingly adopting a "blame the teacher" mindset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, upper level management and our superintendent is great.

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    One of higher paid school districts in town

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX

    I worked at Spring Branch Independent School District

    Pros

    Higher Pay, Good benefits, training available

    Cons

    Some schools lack comprehensive discipline behavior expectations which affect learning of others and principals are not held accountable for this by district management

    Teachers are inundated with constantly changing assessment models, planning models, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out that out-of-control behavior at certain schools affect the learning of all students and safety and mental health of the teachers. Principals need to be held to higher expectations about school environments

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    working for SBISD

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Spring Branch Independent School District

    Pros

    staff encouraged to help each other and easy to ask/get help when needed from peers, lots of continuing ed. opts.

    Cons

    redundancy in record keeping making paperwork more laborious

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    No opinion of CEO
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    Overall many opportunities existed for teacher knowledge,many good colleagues, much stress

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Spring Branch Independent School District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    many good colleagues, opportunities to learn new techniques

    Cons

    some schools needs updating, can be very hot or very cold, administrators need more experience and knowledge, big departments get more money than small, many meetings after school and before school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    realize that teaching several preps with new implementations can be too much, some administrators often have limited experience in fields they judge

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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