Roanoke City Public Schools

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Updated Jul 29, 2014

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2.8 6 reviews

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    Elementary va. Secondary

    Teacher (Current Employee)

    Pros*Great staff at elementary schools (I was in most as a Sped teacher)
    *Professional Development is okay
    *Principal support from two of the schools I taught in were fantastic
    *Very forgiving
    *A decent place to work

    Cons*the "downtown" staff have little teaching experience
    *The superintendent is not a good leader
    *the negativity from "downtown" trickles down into the principals, and then through the teachers.... in some schools.
    *Heavy disability load with understaffed Sped department
    *Scared of lawsuits so they implement what isn't always the right decision for the student.
    *Some teachers had worked for ten years without a pay raise

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your teachers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work harder not smarter

    Teacher (Current Employee) Roanoke, VA

    ProsA lot of wonderful and amazing teachers work in Roanoke City. The students in most schools are wonderful to work with. A few schools do have major behavior issues.

    ConsRCPS likes to have "required meetings" after school. Expect to have a weekly staff meeting that will last 2 hours or more, content meetings that last for 3 hours, and cluster meetings. Meetings are often a huge mess! They are very unorganized and you will often leave with more questions than answers.

    Administrators in some schools such as RAMS will not back up teachers. Expect to get very little support and to have administrators that really have no idea what it is like to teach.

    You will get students that are extremely below grade level and you will be expected to have them pass SOL test. If your students do not pass SOLs then expect to be asked to not return. You will be told to give up planning time and to stay after school to work with students on SOL skills.

    Students and teachers basic rights are often violated but central administration turns a blind eye to the issues in the schools. If you speak out or complain expect to be asked to not return.

    I have worked in 2 other school systems and RCPS is by far the worst I have ever worked in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf I could run RCPS I would start by replacing upper management. RCPS has the potential to be a great school system but is really lacking good leadership. People that truly care about the students and staff needs to be in charge.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mathematics Teacher

    Mathematics Teacher (Former Employee) Roanoke, VA

    ProsRoanoke City is a great school system to start a teaching career. In my first year there, I was a member of a team of teachers who worked together to create lessons and assignments. In my second year, I was exposed to working with a cooperating teacher in Special Education classes.

    ConsCentral office staff is not a teacher's best friend. Before I decided to leave, I had a meeting where I was told flat out that if a certain percentage of my students did not pass the end of year test, then it would be "very closely looked at" as to whether I would continue to be employed. All of that after shoving students into classes they are not prepared for.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport your teachers - they work hard and get little to no credit.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stressful and demanding

    Teacher (Current Employee) Roanoke, VA

    ProsHelping the students to develop learning strategies.

    ConsFavoritism and cliques are not professional

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your Special Educators advice and opinions

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Positive experience, great people to work with and a supportive community.

    Public Relations Director (Former Employee) Roanoke, VA

    ProsDiverse schools, community involvement and opportunities to partner with local businesses,churches and non-profit organizations.

    ConsUnfortunately, like school divisions nationwide, Roanoke City Public Schools has had to deal with budget cuts which has made it difficult to provide the necessary resources to meet the many needs of the children in the community.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to put children first, promote arts and culture within the schools and utilize volunteers and mentors to help student's strive in and outside of the classroom.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Teacher

    Teacher (Former Employee) Roanoke, VA

    ProsCreative Staff and supportive administration when I was at Stonewall Jackson Middle in 2008-09

    ConsSpent too much of my teaching job breaking up fights.
    Large classes (30ish).
    Little support from Central Office.
    Though to be fair, Central Office had other issues as the economy sank.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave the Super visit schools more often. I was pleasantly surprised to get a visit from the Super.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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