DeKalb County School System Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Pros
  • Benefits, Salary, Vacation time, Advancement (in 3 reviews)

  • Most fellow teachers and the kids are a positive (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Some students and parents can be very disrespectful at times (in 2 reviews)

  • The administration is very controlling in the worst possible ways (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Paraprofessional Edcuator

    Current Employee - Certified Paraprofessional Educator in Decatur, GA
    Current Employee - Certified Paraprofessional Educator in Decatur, GA

    I have been working at DeKalb County School System full-time (More than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    This is a great job if you love children and want to be a role-model for them. If you have a desire to try and make a difference in the lives of children DCSS can help.

    Cons

    The children can be very disrespectful at times. The children can sometimes come to school hungry, etc. which will make it difficult for them to learn and concentrate on their studies.


  2. Bookkeeper

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DeKalb County School System

    Pros

    One you are hired, unless you resign or retire you Will have a job forever.

    Cons

    DeKalb is top heavy and you cannot advance in the company.

    Advice to Management

    If you are in a position that you are not qualified for, leave that postition and get someone qualified to do the job. As educators, it's not about you and your position (power), it's about the children.


  3. DeKalb School of the Arts is an educators dream

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avondale Estates, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avondale Estates, GA

    I have been working at DeKalb County School System full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing School, supportive and inspirational leadership. Students are a joy to work with. The best school in the DeKalb County School District.

    Cons

    Long hours. Its hard to maintain life/work balance. Typical day for students in 7:45 - 9 pm during performance season which is most of the school year.


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  5. Paraprofessional

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Norcross, GA
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Norcross, GA

    I have been working at DeKalb County School System full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    As with working in any school system, you have an opportunity to positively impact the next generation and you have the summers off.

    Cons

    There's a major disconnect between teachers and administration that shows up in student's test scores.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to teachers and parapros more.


  6. Bus Aide

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bus Aide in North DeKalb, GA
    Former Employee - Bus Aide in North DeKalb, GA

    I worked at DeKalb County School System full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Acceptable pay, simple, straight forward, no work on the weekends. paid a minimum of 40 hrs/ wk and benefits.

    Cons

    Temperature and climate not ideal for health. Can sometimes deal with difficult students and fellow employees.


  7. Great place to work

    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Stone Mountain, GA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Stone Mountain, GA

    I have been working at DeKalb County School System (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great supervisor and working with children is rewarding

    Cons

    Reduction in force and salary reclassification to lower salaries

    Advice to Management

    current employees should have been grandfathered into their current salaries when salary and position reclassification was implemented. An employee should never have to worry about their salary being lowered when they are working in the same position they've been in for years. Just not fair.


  8. Special Education Teacher

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle School Special Education Teacher in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Middle School Special Education Teacher in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at DeKalb County School System full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working with a diverse group of eager learner.

    Cons

    The students are given too many standardized test.

    Advice to Management

    Master teacher with over 25 years of working with students and children of all ages.


  9. Guidance Counselor/Administrator/Teacher/Sub/SRO-"Counselors do it all"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counselor
    Current Employee - Counselor

    I have been working at DeKalb County School System full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    As a Counselor in DCSD you'll learn more than you ever have by wearing many hats.

    Cons

    Grossly underpaid in comparison to other districts and by what you are given to do. Counselors were given 2 years of salary cuts IN ADDITION to the years of furlough days and no raises other employees were given.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic in pay and expectations by seriously looking at other local school districts. Veteran employees, especially counselors, are now using the attitude of "you get what you pay for." Unfortnately the kids are the ones who suffer.


  10. Incredibly Stressful

    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at DeKalb County School System full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay and the benefits were decent. Benefits a lot better when I started...lower insurance and matched 403b. I also worked with some very good teachers.

    Cons

    Lack of support from admin when enforcing their rules. Some schools do not have enough parental involvement and other schools allow parents to have too much influence in day to day operations.

    Advice to Management

    Support your teachers for retention


  11. Substitute Teacher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DeKalb County School System

    Pros

    Substiute teachers are able to work flexible hours.

    Cons

    For the amount of work required, substitute teachers are not adequately paid in DeKalb County Schools.

    Advice to Management

    Hire substitute teachers year round.



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