Durham Public Schools

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Durham Public Schools Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
19 Reviews
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19 Reviews
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  1.  

    Not enough support, too much work in every person's job description.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools

    Pros

    The schools are very diverse and you learn a lot from the community of each school.

    Cons

    School system never has enough money to distribute. Very little support from management.

  2.  

    DPS Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer Summer Intern in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Software Developer Summer Intern in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    It was overall a very good experience

    Cons

    - The team is very small. None that I can see of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To set up a canteen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The Pony Show

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Small district. There were lots of trainings for regular education teachers, I didn't find them personally helpful.

    Cons

    Low pay, students were severely below grade level, lots of hoops to jump through. They constantly were changing the expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there was no work-life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The Good & The Bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent training and family atmostphere

    Cons

    Salary, work-life balance, no opportunity for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at Durham Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great, supportive school environment. Lovely place to teach and learn, and to help kids grow. Great professional development.

    Cons

    Resources- as in all public schools- were hard to come by at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Low performing district with kids that really need good teachers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Durham, NC

    I worked at Durham Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Helping out kids that really need good role models, developing relationships with them, and affecting their lives positively.

    Cons

    The pay, the stress, and the time commitment to really do a good job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unload the deadweights, hold EVERYBODY accountable, and monitor performance more closely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Teacher support

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools

    Pros

    Great atmosphere for first year and veteran teachers

    Cons

    It can feel that you don't have the support from administration

  9.  

    Stay away from DPS! Teachers and parents alike - stay away!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher @ Dps in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher @ Dps in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Like-minded peer groups - all of us are very dissatisfied with DPS!

    Cons

    Admin assassination of teacher's reputation and integrity. School admin and Central Office will join together with known gang-members to fabricate lies/misinformation in order to fire Caucasian career teachers. Yet they will cast a blind eye to minority teachers dropping f-bombs in front of their own students and even worse - retain teachers arrested for identity theft who also engage in marijuana smoking conversations with students inside the classroom.
    Unbelievably inept, corrupt, racist, bigoted, destined to fail school district ----- and they don't seem to care. Hispanics and Blacks get all the attention while the Asian and Caucasian higher performing student is left to their own devices.
    Stay away at all costs. Put your kids in other school districts or private or charter schools. You've been warned. Is it any wonder why the home of Duke University has arguably the worst performing school district in the entire state? Is it any wonder why Durham has one of the largest number of both private and charter schools in the entire nation given our population? One answer is simple......durham public schools.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Horrible working conditions!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers

    Amazingly diverse student population.

    They give all teachers MacBook pros to use

    Cons

    This is a fear driven school district.

    They fire teachers all the time during the school year. Even first year teachers are not safe.

    Morale is very low!

    You will be required to take an unbelievably high amount of abuse from the parents and students.

    The recent lawsuit against the district has the school administrators terrified to take any disciplinary action against the students. Principals discourage you from writing discipline referrals.

    It is very difficult to get substitute teachers to come to the rougher schools. You will be pulled into covering for other teachers during your planing/meeting time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope the new Superintendent comes in and cleans house. You really have a lot of work ahead of you. It would be great to see you focus on improving teacher morale. The state is responsible for the poor pay, but this district is responsible for the poor working conditions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Extreme micromanagement and meetings are loved here

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Teaching in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    It is a very worthwhile student body. They can be fun, sometimes very stressful, but ultimately leave one with a great sense of satisfaction in terms of feeling like the work you do matters.

    Cons

    Lots of requirements in terms of papers, how you do formative and sumative assessments and when you do them, how you post standards, lots of meetings that are not about anything relevant to the classroom

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let us teach, we are trained. Teaching is like an art in many ways. Would an artist do good work if they were told exactly what colors to use, and how many straight lines vs. curved lines to use?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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