Federal Way Public Schools

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Federal Way Public Schools Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
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  1.  

    This year long position is a good opportunity for professional growth but does have some drawbacks.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Academic Tutor in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Academic Tutor in Federal Way, WA

    I worked at Federal Way Public Schools

    Pros

    Federal Way Public Schools-AmeriCorps provides the opportunity to gain experience in the education field and work closely with students. Tutors assigned to elementary schools work alone while middle school and high school tutors work as part of a 4 or 6 person team. The program tends to hire people with various backgrounds and coming from different parts of the country. Tutors receive ample experience in working as part of a very diverse team. There are also mandatory trainings in relevant topics such as team building, cultural competency and student behavior management.

    Cons

    Supervisors has a tendency to have low expectations of their employees, occasionally assigning mundane and or unnecessary tasks. There is a decent amount of downtime at the school sites where no work is being done and the tutors' only assignment is to sit in the office and watch the clock. While there is some professional training, there could have been more instruction and continued support regarding how to tutor students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should look into providing additional training sessions to employees and seek to update technology currently used. Better incentives to stay for more than a single 1 year term may help ensure a steady amount of veterans who can provide guidance for newcomers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    FWPS

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Way Public Schools full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people! There is a very welcoming environment within any building in the district. The teachers are also very explicit when it comes to leaving notes for the substitues.

    Cons

    The students in the district can be a handful.

  3.  

    Good school system, make sure to know who your principal is.

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

    I worked at Federal Way Public Schools full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Trainings, personal relationships, parental support

    Cons

    Personal agendas of those in charge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great government job

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

    I worked at Federal Way Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    -Decent pay
    -Very friendly staff
    -Experience with a range of duties due to smaller staff

    Cons

    -Minimal training
    -Slow-paced work environment (possible pro for some)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Not a positive experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Way Public Schools

    Pros

    Those who are wonderful are great assets.

    Cons

    Lack of administrative support. Zero tolerance is just a phrase that carries no meaning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through.

  7.  

    Mostly organized, but takes on too many changes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Classroom Instructor in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Classroom Instructor in Federal Way, WA

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

    Pros

    The district is fairly organized and efficient. Many of the administrators seem to know what they are doing. The BTAP program for new teachers is good, and there are good resources at the district level.

    Cons

    The district takes on initiatives that are sometimes poorly planned, and the teachers really suffer for this. In 4 years, I've had 3 different sets of standards to grade on, and 3 gradebooks. The change to common core standards has been difficult.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Bullied, harassed, complete lack of respect for special education teachers and students

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Federal Way, WA

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

    Pros

    The pros are very few; fabulous teaching colleagues, lovely schools and strong families with great children. They all deserve better.

    Cons

    This could easily become a "rant", so I'll exercise some control and simply say:
    At FWPS, school principals are extremely dishonest, as a group.
    There is no oversight or accountability for special ed. administration - they bully and harass teachers, especially women teachers over 40 and women teachers of color.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying attention to what your special education administration is up to - in particular the elementary special education admin staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    I taught high school AP English.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - High School English Teacher in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - High School English Teacher in Federal Way, WA

    I worked at Federal Way Public Schools full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The kids bring joy and humor into your life; everyday is a surprise.

    Cons

    There is no life in the work-life balance equation when you are a teacher.

  10.  

    Good support staff for new teachers, but students can be difficult"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Federal Way, WA

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

    Pros

    The staff can be supportive, but it is your responsibility to get help. As a first year teacher, the administration will like and keep you if you consistently seek help in a positive manner.

    Cons

    The students here can be very energetic, which is typical for most middle schools. The school's culture needs to do a better job on keep their students under control. The students tend to be unmotivated and difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support for teachers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Drivers and Staff for the Transportation Department

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bus Driver in Federal Way, WA
    Current Employee - Bus Driver in Federal Way, WA

    I have been working at Federal Way Public Schools

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and they will try to help you out the best they can. You get training to know their rules and you get training to take your CDL test. A lot of the kids are nice and you can talk to them.

    Cons

    Starting out and being there for quite a few years it will take a while to gain any seniority. So you may be working part time (20-25) for a very long time. You have opportunities to get extra work through middays and field trips, but that is based on seniority. As a sub you can get more hours sometimes, but you don't get any of the benefits or paid holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys are all so caring and appreciative towards the drivers. Just keep being positive and you will be great!

    Recommends

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