Kent School District Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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  1. HS Teacher

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IGrad Teacher in Burien, WA
    Current Employee - IGrad Teacher in Burien, WA

    I have been working at Kent School District part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Kent offers many different paths for their diverse student population. This means you can truly support students, with their various circumstances. I found their administrators to be good listeners, supportive, and professional.

    Cons

    The only negative I faced was working with a colleague who was an advocate for the teachers union, but not doing great teaching. I don't believe she was supporting students in her practices but she did the bare minimum to live up to union standards.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be creative in how you support your student population!


  2. Instructional assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructional Assistant in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Instructional Assistant in Kent, WA

    I have been working at Kent School District part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fun to work with struggling children and help in a school setting. IA team members are wonderful and extremely helpful.

    Cons

    Compensation stinks, training isn't the best - you are pretty much just thrown in and have to figure it out the best you can. Very high turn over.

    Advice to Management

    Train, train, train. Make a point to know your IA's names and take a moment to appreciate them rather than just passing them by in the hallway and barely smiling.


  3. Management needs to get a grip

    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kent School District full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The mission to educate children. The individual school management is good. Teachers. Programs.

    Twenty words is too high of a minimum. Twenty words is too high of a minimum.

    Cons

    Upper management. HR department.. Ridiculously high turnover in administration. The IT department runs the communications department.

    Twenty words is too high of a minimum.

    Advice to Management

    Let the people you hire do their job. Don't waste taxpayers' money by wasting employees' time with your indecision. The IT department should stick to IT.


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  5. Good school district.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kent School District

    Pros

    This school district is very diverse and initiatives reflect the districts objective of preparing ALL students for the future. Schools vary in performance but performance objectives are consistent throughout the district.

    Cons

    Pay is less than other school districts.

    Advice to Management

    Top Heavy.


  6. Teachers deserve more respect than just working bodies. Teaching is not just a job.

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

    I worked at Kent School District (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The friendship developed at the KSD will last a lifetime. The teachers work very hard, and some administrators really care. Some parents were wonderful.

    Cons

    The administration demanded too much yet provided too little. Teachers are overworked with no recognition of their meager effort.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a safe place for teachers to teach. Get rid of dangerous students who waste other students time without wanting to learn.


  7. Stay Away!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paraeducator in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Paraeducator in Kent, WA

    I worked at Kent School District full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits and that is all.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy overwhelms in KSD, with far too many admin employees making terrible choices and constantly implementing worthless ideas, which daily ends up wasting money to the tune of millions each year. Teachers have an enormous collective chip on their shoulders and treat any other school staff in embarrassingly horrendous ways. The students are the ones who suffer the most, leaving anyone with good intentions feeling awful.

    Advice to Management

    Cut down admin staff by at least 1/4, get better acquainted with daily schools happenings. Stop wasting so much time and money on constantly finding new ideas and take ONE good one and stick with it. This district is so completely inconsistent and wasteful that it is going to end up as a sad news story. Better staff development, less from those who graduated college 50 years ago and more with a diversified up-to-date and more open minded staff. Diversity class classes taught by middle class middle aged white women are a sad joke.


  8. Teamwork

    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant Level IV in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant Level IV in Kent, WA

    I have been working at Kent School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very professional and friendly. Innovative

    Cons

    Pay is low for administrative assistants

    Advice to Management

    More staff development opportunities.


  9. Good pay but you are exposed to potential dangerous situations on a regular basis.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - School Safety Officer in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - School Safety Officer in Kent, WA

    I have been working at Kent School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Security Officers (now called Safety Officers) are paid well relative to other security positions in the region, they receive good benefits, and most have July and part of August off.

    Cons

    It can be a dangerous position and Security Officers are currently only equipped with OC Spray for defense. If you work for KSD long enough, be prepared to face an armed encounter every year or so and some violent fights on a regular basis.


  10. Great job, but need to be respected.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kent, WA

    I have been working at Kent School District full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Stable, good benefits! Great co-workers

    Cons

    Low pay
    Lack of respect for clerical staff.
    Too top heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and value all employees.


  11. Great school district with a desire to have every child succeed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paraeducator in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Paraeducator in Kent, WA

    I have been working at Kent School District part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They work hard at trying to have every child succeed.

    Cons

    The district requires too strict guidelines of following set curriculum. It doesn't allow for teachers to share in areas of their strengths. Too much testing. Too much paperwork. Not enough time to teach.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the successful schools and principals in your own district and learn from what they are doing. Encourage sharing of ideas of these successful schools with failing schools. Require principals to visit those successful schools. Encourage sharing of school developed curriculum and methods of delivery that work with other schools.



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