Duval County Public School

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Duval County Public School Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
56 Reviews
2.6
56 Reviews
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Nikolai P. Vitti, Ed.D.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Benefits are good, summers off are great, free professional development toward renewing your certificate, some children are wonderful to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • There are some great people working for the district who are dedicated to the mission (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • low pay, log hours and limited room for advancement (in 3 reviews)

  • student behavior is out of control and admins do nothing about it (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    I have served as a teacher, math coach, instructional coach and currently as a reading coach.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reading Coach in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Reading Coach in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Duval County Public School full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with children is my passion, and I have had many opportunities to grow professionally through training and by becoming an academic coach. I now am able to assist the teachers and the students which makes my job that much more fulfilling.

    Cons

    Leadership at both the district and school level changes frequently, and the curriculum used in schools is not solidified. Curriculum Guide formats and lessons change on almost a yearly basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    District level personnel need to become more involved in the data-driven decision making process within the schools, and should be present more at low performing schools. Schools are in need of resources in order to show improvement and an increase in student proficiency, and some of these schools are falling through the cracks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It's a job. If you can make it work for you, great.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duval County Public School

    Pros

    For the most part, you're left to do your job as you see fit with little interference. Most people walk out the door exactly on time so there's little overtime requirements unless you just choose to work over. Never required to work weekends so if you're looking for a 9-5, with ok pay, then this is an ok job.

    Cons

    A lot of petty, small-minded people work here who do the absolute bare-minimum to keep their jobs. Very few "exceptional" employees stay there for long so you're surrounded by people who are just there for a paycheck and a pension. If you a go-getter who likes to accomplish things you will need to dial back your expectations. It can take months to accomplish the simplest things. A huge amount of institutional inertia exists here and few will want to lift a finger to help you.

  3.  

    Not much support

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duval County Public School full-time

    Pros

    Working with the students is a plus.

    Cons

    Lack of resources is very disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more into your teachers.

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

    challenging, rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk, Civil Service, (Now Retired) in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk, Civil Service, (Now Retired) in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Duval County Public School full-time

    Pros

    Today was remarkable. The test scores I entered were some of the highest I have seen in a long time......

    Cons

    DCPS is very understanding with family obligations but at the same time work assignments have to finshed in a timley manner, benefits, work hours, and enviroment were very satisfing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Schools to be closed for summer months

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Community, Close to the beach!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duval County Public School full-time

    Pros

    Lot's of advancement opportunities, and great support system in the district. Great location to be at the beach. People enjoy their jobs.

    Cons

    The pay could be higher.

  7.  

    Unorganized

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Duval County Public School full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, summers off are great, free professional development toward renewing your certificate, some children are wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    Too much work expected during too little time. No planning time given to non-core teachers. Non-core teachers get classes and a half to teach making overcrowded classrooms. Non-core teachers do not get the bi-weekly professional development that regular teachers get because we are babysitting their students for half a day. Little to no communication about school issues, events, etc with non-core teachers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with ALL, not just a select few.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Too Political

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transportation
    Current Employee - Transportation

    I have been working at Duval County Public School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with students and the community. Summer time off.

    Cons

    Leadership at school level have to much power. Corrections are hardly made. Limited guide for wrongful actions of leader. Growth is at a minimal unless you are a teacher. Parents are made to feel they are issues where as higher political positions cover up actions for leadership staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure to your staff that students education is most important and not politics because he or she has a leadership position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    I worked with Duval County Public Schools for 29 years

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    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Duval County Public School full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed my job and the my co-workers. Sometimes the work was stressful but I work best under stress. I really enjoyed the time spent there.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges was meeting deadlines. Sometimes you have more than one deadline to meet at a time. Which made the job challenging.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The bigger a district the worse it becomes.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Duval County Public School full-time

    Pros

    - If a temporary teacher they offer an alt. cert. process for under 1000 dollars which is cool
    - free basic healthcare
    -37.3 k start for 9 months of work is pretty decent

    Cons

    - very poor population (many schools title 1)
    -The surplus system kicks alot of teachers out and sends them to other schools
    - PLC early release days are worse than just teaching
    - teach to test, very little care about actually educating the youth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take lesson from st johns on school sizes and how to keep students/teachers happy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A horrible place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Duval County Public School full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits, but not great when you have to work day and night.

    Cons

    Student discipline is a nightmare and admins aren't supportive. Code of Conduct watered down year after year. Now students have to get in THREE fights before they get suspended. Classes overcrowded and teachers overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some appreciation for the teachers in the trenches. Bully culture is worse with new superintendent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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