Orange County Schools Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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Pros
  • Because they are so big there are opportunities for professional development (in 6 reviews)

  • I was able to work with many of the bright minds of the district (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • The evaluation system is very biased and is focusing on issues not really tied to student learning and achievement (in 3 reviews)

  • The cost of living in Orlando has drastically increased in the last 5 years, but the teacher salaries have not (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great experience!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orange County Schools

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It is a nice place to work and you feel like you are making a difference.

    Cons

    Pay and lack of benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Management was very supportive and encouraging.

  2. teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orange County Schools full-time

    Pros

    The opportunity to educate the youth of Orange County.

    Cons

    Not enough professional development in the teaching area you teach. How employees are evaluated changes almost every year.

    Advice to Management

    Look to offer more meaningful professional development opportunities to the teachers.

  3. Math Teacher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orange County Schools full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Plenty of support to develop you as a professional.
    -Opportunities for bonuses based on performance.
    -Make salary in 10 months. Guaranteed vacations.

    Cons

    -policies and procedures constantly changing making it hard to grow and become successful at what is expected
    -difficult student population with low value/respect for education
    -pay is low compared to work expected

    Advice to Management

    - cut back instructional hours to allot both teachers and students time to "digest" or "plan", or for students, play.
    - mandatory block scheduling for hs students...prepares for college. spreads out work load for both students and teachers.

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  5. Ever changing

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Orange County Schools full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    There isn't really a whole lot of good to say. Teachers bind together to encourage one another. We certainly don't feel it from administration.

    Cons

    Because of new testing requirements things kept changing week to week. Always changing directions.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent pay your teachers more. Hold your staff to a higher level of expectations. Treat teachers like they are people too.

  6. Teacher and instructional salaries

    Current Employee - Instructional Coach in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Instructional Coach in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Orange County Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunities for employment due to need for teachers.l

    Cons

    Yearly steps in salary do not cover the cost of living.

    Advice to Management

    Increase yearly increment to reflect a true cost of living raise.

  7. High Demand Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orange County Schools

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Paid PD
    -Strong Union Presence

    Cons

    -High Stress
    -Many requirements
    - Standards and standardized assessment, unclear.

  8. OCPS Satisfaction Will Depend on School's Admin

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Orange County Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    OCPS has knowledgable employees with plenty of experience. Every age group and community I have taught has been amazing and often times OCPS has great community support.

    Cons

    Where you work and that particular school's administration will make or break your experience. It's a highly politicized environment with not a lot of transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Provide coaching and professional development for teachers. Ongoing and effective.

  9. Over worked and under paid

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in San Juan Capistrano, CA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in San Juan Capistrano, CA

    I worked at Orange County Schools

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Long summers off with no school bells

    Cons

    Going back to new school year

    Advice to Management

    Team building exercises should be a must

  10. Good & BAD

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    Current Employee - Administrator in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Administrator in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Orange County Schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Vacation Time
    Flexibility
    Love the people
    Working with kids
    Sick leave
    Benefits
    If you want to move up make sure you have a Master's Degree.

    Cons

    It is very Political.. Itnis who you know.
    Severely overworked. Hours at work and at home.
    Dealing with kids and parents requires tons of patience.
    The expectations to meet unrealistic goals is over the top!
    No growth potential

    Advice to Management

    SERVANT LEADERSHIP.. Try it.

  11. Top down, adult centered school district.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orange County Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Strong parent support and community involvement make the schools generally more successful than they would be if it was entirely based on the work of the district and school personnel.

    Cons

    Focused on the self-aggrandizement of middle level district (director level primarily) staff with no real focus student needs. They have a school of choice for the wealthy families in the district and they pay little attention to the schools with the highest need. They have run out many good principals and quality teachers with their lack of support for innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let information filtered through a few self-interested middle level staffers that have little school experience.

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