Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools
3.5 of 5 11 reviews
www.vbschools.com Virginia Beach, VA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Mar 9, 2014

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Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools Superintendent James G. Merrill

James G. Merrill

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80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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I have been working at Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools

ProsPopulation, location, housing, nearby ammenities

ConsRatio, salary, traffic, hot summers,

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Substitute Teacher (Current Employee)
Virginia Beach, VA

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

ProsNot 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.

ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementA 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Homebound Services Tutor (Current Employee)
Virginia Beach, VA

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

ProsExcellent 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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementThe 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!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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More hype than reality.

Teacher (Former Employee)
Virginia Beach, VA

I worked at Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools full-time for more than a year

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

Consit'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 Senior ManagementWhen 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good school system

Elementary Teacher (Former Employee)
Virginia Beach, VA

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

ProsThey 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).

ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementGive 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work if you are looking for stability.

Manager (Current Employee)
Virginia Beach, VA

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

Pros-Very low turnover in all positions

Cons-Very little opportunity to advance

Advice to Senior Management-Study private company management strategies.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Rewarding

Teacher (Current Employee)
Virginia Beach, VA

I have been working at Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools

ProsGreat leadership and opportunity to grow

ConsPay is not what it should be

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The leader of all School systems

Coordinator (Current Employee)
Virginia Beach, VA

I have been working at Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools

ProsWe continue to remain cutting edge, but like all governments, still have room for improvement.

ConsThere are not to many opportunities for advancement and we have not received a raise in four years even though the teachers did. It was demonstrated four years ago that we were between 9-11 percent below the local private sector. The producers for the organization tend to carry the non-producers.

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Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Come to the beach!

Teacher (Current Employee)
Virginia Beach, VA

I have been working at Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools

ProsLocation, Location, Lacation, Locatoin, Location!

ConsNeed to change to a performance based compensation.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore teacher involvement in problem solving.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Lacking Quality, Collaboration and Communication and

Teacher (Current Employee)

I have been working at Virginia Beach CIty Public Schools full-time

ProsWorking with students and fellow teachers

ConsConstant changes, salary cuts in the way of Increased Insurance Premiums, taking Retirement out of our Paycheck with out asking us. Placing more and more on us - expecting more and more overtime with no compensation.

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

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