Palo Alto Unified School District Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. Professional. Teachers provide lesson plans.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Palo Alto Unified School District

    Pros

    High demand for subs in English

    Cons

    Not full time nor permanent work

  2. Pleasant environment with low stress and very low opportunity for advancement.

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    Current Contractor - Project Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Contractor - Project Specialist in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Palo Alto Unified School District as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work pace is low key and time is not the key driver on projects.

    Cons

    Unionized employees are not driven and deadlines slip without repercussion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take opportunities to manage directly as appropriate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  3. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Palo Alto Unified School District

    Pros

    one the best public school district in the SF bay area

    Cons

    needs to do more for low income students

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Very well run school district with an involved parent community

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    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Palo Alto Unified School District full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent technology and IT support, smart and visionary STEM teachers, involved community, high standards, excellent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and competition can be a barrier to innovative programs. Stressful work environment, particularly for new teachers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Lighthouse School District

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Palo Alto Unified School District

    Pros

    The district provides excellent, relevant and meaningful professional development, coaching and collaboration opportunities.

    Cons

    There are no cons for me.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. A School District that truly respects you as a teaching professional

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    Former Employee - Elementary School Teacher in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Elementary School Teacher in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Palo Alto Unified School District full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    High salary and compensation that recognizes continuing education, access to quality educational supplies, art, music and PE programs and lower classroom sizes.

    Cons

    The cons associated with working with the public school system. While our school wasn't as focused on testing as in other districts, the standards are still present and taught. However, as a teacher you are given much more ability to be creative in your curriculum development. Some teachers complain about pushy parents, other teachers appreciate the parent-involvement.

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    Approves of CEO
  8. Work with soul and heart

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Palo Alto Unified School District

    Pros

    Overall PAUSD is a fair district with a strong commitment to teachers, students and staff. There is a great amount of solidarity among colleagues.

    Cons

    Part time staff is not given full benefits which is petty and short sighted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advocate more for full benefits for part-time staff. Improve public transportation options.

    Recommends
  9. professional, supportive administrators and teachers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Palo Alto Unified School District

    Pros

    Lots of professional development, collaboration and support!

    Cons

    They are a little behind technologically....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to offer lots of professional development and support for teachers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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