Boulder Valley School District

  www.bvsd.org
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

Boulder Valley School District Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2014

Be The First To
Add Photos

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.6 10 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

(no image)

Christopher King

(4 ratings)

86% of employees recommend this company to a friend
10 Employee Reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in

     

    Great people

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWhen you find a fit, you will want to stay for the people. The Superintendent has been bringing a genuine emphasis on consensus decision making to the District and it has a meaningful impact on creating a culture of authenticity. The communities care deeply about education - as one would expect they should. Salary is favorable when compared in Colorado. Learning opportunities are readily available when you are proactive.

    ConsSuch high turnover at the building leader level is surprising in such a destination location. Does it point to an underlying issue?
    This is still Colorado, so while communities care, overall/statewide they care more about low property taxes as evidenced by low per-pupil spending. The impact for Boulder is that the salaries are low when compared to national numbers for locations with similar costs of living and the education level of the Boulder community.

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities

     

    Qualified and passionate staff

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOffers some of the best salaries in the state with engaged parents and staff who are passionate about their work.

    ConsSome complain of transparency issues and upper management (principals, VPs) using schools as stepping stones to higher positions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities

     

    Engaged students and phenomenal colleagues.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Boulder, CO

    ProsIf you entered the teaching profession because you love your content and the world of ideas, if you enjoy teaching with A+ faculty and learning along with motivated students, then Summit is a good fit for you. The focus is on academic learning, and it is OK to be a little nerdy. Teachers have a lot of control over how they teach and the materials they use. There is also less emphasis on test scores than in many other schools these days.

    ConsAs a small charter with a reputation for excellence (3 national blue ribbons), expectations are very high, and while some find the environment invigorating, others find it pretty stressful. Parents are very demanding, but civil for the most part. However, if you have trouble setting boundaries, burnout may be a real challenge. The school is also governed by a parent Board of Directors, not educators, so you should expect to spend more time explaining (and sometimes justifying) what you do than you would in a regular public school.

    Advice to Senior ManagementModify the Board make-up to include some people who are not parents; give more authority to the principal for the running of the school.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

  1. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    BVSD is a great school district to work for.

    BLAST Instructor (Current Employee) Boulder, CO

    ProsI had a contract job with the Transportation department and it was great. At least for my job I had:

    - good pay
    - opportunity to advance
    - great coworkers
    - a great supervisor
    - lots of trust and responsibility

    My position was grant-funded and part of the national Safe Routes to School program. It was very efficient, had great contributors, and is growing well.

    Cons- For another position at BVSD, the hiring process was incredibly slow
    - Some departments don't receive benefits
    - The first year, the employees for my program were not as good because many were bus drivers from the transportation department since that was the department the program was under, but as the program has grown, the HR for it has gotten better.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Very Professional leaders who also manage well

    School Bus Driver (Former Employee) Boulder, CO

    Proswell aimed and operated organization

    Consdealing with fixed and aging tax revenue base

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Disapproves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    It's all about PR

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTeacher pay is high for Colorado. The parent community is generally super supportive. Class sizes are reasonable. Tax hikes are always approved by voters, so facilities and program budgets are in good shape.

    ConsWhile there are some exceptions, most BVSD central office administrators are more interested in projecting self-serving PR than really getting down to the business of serving students well. Although most of the kids served by the district are high achievers (like their parents), those that need extra help may find themselves in a dicey situation. The district is constantly being cited by CDE for being out of compliance with laws. Sucking up is a prerequisite to advancement in the central office. If you get a job at one of the schools with a cool principal (one who is not too tied to the dysfunction in the central office), you might be in for a good experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTaxpayers and their kids deserve better: get some ethics.

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Not the best experience for a temporary employee

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Boulder, CO

    ProsWorking with students was great as well as my team members

    ConsNew upper leadership reduced team collaboration and productivity

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Room for improvement

    Specialist (Current Employee) Boulder, CO

    ProsReputation for teaching excellence
    Commitment to technology implementation

    ConsLimited room for advancement
    Limited professional growth activities

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpread the wealth, not just the work

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    21st Century Focused Education

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe district is very focused on student achievement. They believe in 21st century education and look for innovative ways to give students the tools they will need for jobs that don't exist yet.

    ConsThe district has been through many changes in leadership in the last 5-6 years. Although the current leadership seems to be focused in the right areas, late adopters are more wary to change pace.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Very pleasent place to substitute teach.

    Substitute Teacher (Current Employee)

    ProsSchools are well run, students are eager and polite. Teachers leave good notes and plans.

    ConsIt doesn't pay very much.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

Worked for Boulder Valley School District? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.