Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools

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Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Still a teacher.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Resource Specialist in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Computer Resource Specialist in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools

    Pros

    The pros of this job used to be the benefits but over the years those benefits have been eroding little by little. As a teacher your main reword is not the pay or benefits but the relationships that you form with students. Teaching is also a pretty secure job. The CRS position is great because it allows you the time to research the new technologies out there and envision a plan on how to get them in the hands of the teachers and students.
    You get every major holiday off, Christmas break, spring break, and about one month in the summer.

    Cons

    Teaching is a 24 hour type job. It is kind of expected that you will work outside of normal operational hours and in order to do your job effectively you kind of have to. Its hard to take time off during the school because of statewide testing and constant network or computer issues. There is no 401k, but there is a pension that gives you 1% of your average of your three highest years in retirement.
    With everyone out there complaining about education it is hard to get any money from the state to provide for adequate technology and network speeds to support innovation.
    MEETINGS....WITH EVERYONE FOR EVERYTHING.
    Very little potential for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The values have shifted from what is best for the student to become a productive citizen to how do we teach them the theory needed for college. The support for teachers amongst the central office and parents has dwindled over the past years leaving the teachers to be the bad guy.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I love VBCPS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities are available to employees. VBCPS cares about their teachers and students. Administration values good teaching and continually has new technology available.

    Cons

    There is a lot of training and meetings required for teachers. Sometimes I wonder if the professional development instructors realize we have all been to college. The administration does not practice the differentiation they preach for teachers to use in the classroom. All teachers are instructed like we are first year teachers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please differentiate professional development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great School

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Team, Good hours, Something new everyday!

    Cons

    There weren't many opportunities to advance but that was the nature of the job/role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    School Counselor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools

    Pros

    Population, location, housing, nearby ammenities

    Cons

    Ratio, salary, traffic, hot summers,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I was mostly in the high schools and middle schools

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed to the diversity in the schools where there were unlimited choices in classes in the children. Also I learned about people from different backgrounds and ethic groups.

    Cons

    Sometimes I would get an assignment to a school where the transportation is inconvenient for me to attend

    Recommends
  7.  

    Working as a substitute is challenging and exciting. For me it is an adventure each; walking into a new classroom.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not knowing what to expect each day, and being expected to rise to the challenge of many different situations, and deal with each situation positively is an attractive facet of this work.

    Cons

    It does not appear to me that substitutes are appreciated nor compensated adequately relative to the work they perform, considering the many variables they deal with when they enter a classroom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A rating of substitute teachers would be a way to assess the strengths and weaknesses of substitutes, and allow a pay scale that would reflect the overall effectiveness of each substitute, based on how that individual performed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    VBCPS is well-run, student-focused, and teacher-supportive.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Homebound Services Tutor in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Homebound Services Tutor in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent to Advanced schools at all grade levels, with very few under-performing schools.
    Good benefits
    Adequate oversight of teachers and tutors
    Strong principals
    Both female and male teachers in all schools
    Traditional values respected, while relevant modern understandings included

    Cons

    Classes still too large in most schools
    Not enough alternative schools
    Charter schools not permitted in Virginia

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The best way to stretch the finances would be to remove 2 or 3 layers of bureaucracy, above the principal level.
    The best way to improve schools overall would be to allow the parents greater say in curriculum and discipline issues.
    The best way to improve scores would be to divide academic classes for 6-12 into all boys and all girls, and teach them only in the mornings, when students are alert.
    The best way to improve morale for students would be to invest in a full array of co-ed arts classes, offered in the early afternoons, from drama and painting to poetry and dance.
    All kids ages 11-18 need to sleep in a bit -- move the hours back to 8:10 arrival, and 8:30 first class. Most adolescents simply cannot function intellectually before 8 am!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good school system

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They spend time training you during teacher work week, they have mandatory training you will participate in during the school year, and they have resources available to you to help create lessons and things for your classroom (Teacher Production Center and IRC).

    Cons

    They implement too many new things without fully testing. The gradebook, schoolnet, new report card system, teacher and parent portal. New grading system, teacher evaluation system, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give teachers time to be trained fully with new systems and make sure they work. Teachers need adequate time for planning and collaborating with their grade level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    More hype than reality.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pay isn't terrible compared to other districts in the state. Most of the teachers seem to care about their jobs.

    Cons

    it's such a large school district (especially in elementary ed) that it is easy to get lost as a person and not feel important or properly utilized. There are a few teachers who you will meet who are definitely only in it for the "teacher perks" - summers off, same hours as their kids, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you hire someone don't let your interaction with them end at completion of orientation. Follow up to make sure their experience is living up to the hype you created.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work if you are looking for stability.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Very low turnover in all positions

    Cons

    -Very little opportunity to advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Study private company management strategies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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