Special School District Reviews

Updated May 6, 2015
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  1. The district does good work. Often it seems too big of a system.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher

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

    Pros

    Ample resources and opportunities for professional learning

    Cons

    Job expectation much exceeds the work day

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the hard work that is being done by staff.


  2. Great place if you have the skills to do the job properly.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, MO

    I worked at Special School District full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Hard work, good people, great rewards, decent hours and loving students.This job is for someone that has the skills to work with students that do not want to cooperate, or listen. You have to have eyes in the back of your head to see everything that goes on.

    Cons

    Hard work, not so great people, not so loving students and the stress level. If you lack any of the prerequisite skills for this job such as tone of voice, patience, eyes in the back of your head and especially wisdom for knowing how to handle situations properly then this job becomes a nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    I believe that oversight begins at the top. Situations that go wrong happen when there is not enough people making sure that things are going smoothly or at least the best that they can. When people think that they are having too much difficulty then an objective person should take the time to do this so that it can head off problems that lead to firings. Since there is not enough money to have all the supervisors needed for people such as ABA paras (the supervisors are overworked and understaffed), there should be some way that can help before a para gets to that stage of being fired.


  3. Good company to work for, especially when searching for a paid internship

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Applied Behavior Analysis Paraprofessional
    Former Employee - Applied Behavior Analysis Paraprofessional

    I worked at Special School District

    Pros

    Offered opportunity for a paid internship, GREAT benefits, good hours, and fun job

    Cons

    Challenging work when handling children with developmental disabilities, low pay


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  5. Understaffed but mean well!

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ABA Paraprofessional
    Current Employee - ABA Paraprofessional

    I have been working at Special School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The kids. The amazing benefits (if you're full time) The holidays off. Spring/Summer break (if you take summer break). People you work with. How flexible the job is- your day can change... if you are open to change this is a good thing.

    Cons

    Lack of orientation, understaffed- didn't have a stable teacher entire year, lack of communication between Special School District and Public school you are contracted through, overworked employees (with too huge of a caseload (teachers and ABA associates alike), very corporate, IEPS set up in the middle of the day- inconvenient for the entire school

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest (after seeing other public schools with Special Education) that you budget as efficiently as possible. There are ABA rooms with no bathrooms in schools you contract through. I am in an ABA room where we have students with very severe disabilities and the schools bathrooms do not accommodate their needs (not handicap accessible) Stay modern. Partner, and develop relationships with the districts you work in (maybe have a representative from SSD who monitors your school and how they can best help SSD's students and employees). Honor extra hours worked for ABA paras and teachers. HR: Schedule work out classes when teachers and paras can actually go to them! (weekends, nights, etc)


  6. Helpful (1)

    Paraprofessional

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    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Special School District full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule
    Paid medical, dental, and vision

    Cons

    Hourly pay (no pay in the summer)

    Advice to Management

    Support teachers more in the class room


  7. Helpful (1)

    There is no room for professional growth.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Educator in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Educator in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed the students, hours, pay, shedule, and resources.

    Cons

    Leadership, office cultures, mission, staff, and policies

    Advice to Management

    Diversity


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Experience with some special students

    Former Employee - TEACHERS ASSISTANT in Maryland Heights, MO
    Former Employee - TEACHERS ASSISTANT in Maryland Heights, MO

    I worked at Special School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I really loved working with the students with special needs, watching them succeed in their life goals was amazing experience.

    Cons

    There was a lack of communications between staff and Human Resource Office. Also I notice a lack of respect towards Teacher Assistant position in general plus low wages.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communications, respect all Special School District staff including Teacher Assistants and consider a salary for staff. Fast food workers often earn more than than Teacher Assistants.


  9. I enjoyed working for SSD.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Special School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They offer a lot of professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    There are sometimes not a lot of support for classroom teachers and there is a lot of extra paperwork involved with the job outside of the necessary day to day work.


  10. Beneficial, a lot of experience with various backgrounds, learned a lot

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional

    I have been working at Special School District

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    small family like setting; receive valuable, life experience; good hours, allows plenty of family time; able to take off frequently

    Cons

    it is a year round facility - no summers off; also, employees typically only get off for the actual holiday, not surrounding days

    Advice to Management

    be more open-minded to new comer opinions; become more one on one with the employees by having on campus tours


  11. positive impact on students

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Special School District

    Pros

    improving students speech or language skills, follow school schedule (snow days), parent and teacher interactions, increasing students success in school

    Cons

    amount of paperwork, time available to complete paperwork during the work day, changes in process midyear which makes it hard to implement



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