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Updated 6 Aug 2019

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3.2
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Atlanta Public Schools CEO Meria Joel Carstarphen
Meria Joel Carstarphen
72 Ratings
Pros
  • "There's a lot of energy in APS at the moment as the district attempts to create a new image(in 12 reviews)

  • "Great people in the organization(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "There are many changes happening in education and APS is still trying to find their way(in 14 reviews)

  • "Hiring of reject principals from other school systems(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "I enjoy working here!"

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    I have been working at Atlanta Public Schools

    Pros

    Great support and resources. One of the best school districts I've been employed by.

    Cons

    The cheating scandal still has a negative impact on people's opinions of APS.

    Atlanta Public Schools2016-09-15
  2. "Unfortunately, the corruption does go all the way up."

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    Former Employee - Science Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Atlanta Public Schools full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Most important work. Ever. Teaching kids is so rewarding, and there are amazing teachers at APS.

    Cons

    Unethical management and bullying employed to manage instructional staff.

    Advice to Management

    Change is needed, and not the kind you "tweet" and forget...if restorative justice is what you "sell", then you need to deliver it...to all stakeholders...all the time.

    Atlanta Public Schools2019-08-06
  3. "They're certainly trying!"

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    Current Contractor - Teacher, Secondary School in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Atlanta Public Schools for more than a year

    Pros

    There's a lot of energy in APS at the moment as the district attempts to create a new image. Schools are newly renovated and well-maintained as a result of this, which is nice.

    Cons

    With so many people trying to breathe new life in the district, its easy for inspiration and initiative to butt heads with other initiatives, creating at times a sort of disorder where its difficult to separate fact from fiction and requirement from "requirement."

    Atlanta Public Schools2019-04-01
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Same ole' Same ole'"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Atlanta Public Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    *It's a job with pay

    Cons

    *Good kids suffer a great deal due to the bad kids who assault/fight/punch/jump/beat-up/bully/harass them only to be given ISS/in school vacation *Teachers and Administrators can be very rude and most people are unhelpful *There is a "social hierarchy" or "pecking order" in APS, which is a microcosm of Atlanta; because many people feel as though they are better THAN YOU due to having a better job/higher... position...not b/c they are better people/teachers/administrators *One needs to be in a clique/sorority/fraternity ect. to be protected and to make it up the food chain *Little to no discipline as the kids are out of control. *The amount of disrespectful, messy, callous, rude behavior is at an all-time high *Things are 100% worse than they were when Beverly Hall or Erroll Davis, Jr. were at the helm, so don't believe the hype coming from Twitter-happy downtown admins. or people on here giving those 4-5 star reviews and praising the current administration

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    Advice to Management

    *None as you are delusional and won't take it anyway

    Atlanta Public Schools2018-06-06
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Atlanta Public School"

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    Former Employee - Educator 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atlanta Public Schools full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    APS provides a competitive compensation package compared to surrounding districts.

    Cons

    There are many changes happening in education and APS is still trying to find their way.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of teachers who really care and honor the professional aspects of teaching. There are alternatives to teaching with a bachelor's degree. Professionalism is so important in an administrators actions.

    Atlanta Public Schools2017-09-28
  6. "IT Support"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atlanta Public Schools for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great experience at APS with Teachers and most students.

    Cons

    Turn around time with upper management.

    Advice to Management

    No

    Atlanta Public Schools2017-06-26
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganized, Top-Down Control"

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    Current Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Atlanta Public Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pay in APS is higher than other metro-area schools, at least initially. The interview process is fair and, if you already know someone "on the inside", getting an interview is much more likely than if you don't.

    Cons

    An unbelievably disorganized, highly-political, demeaning environment that undervalues ethics (even though the higher-ups definitely talk the talk, they definitely don't walk the walk). Too much to list here...depressing.

    Advice to Management

    Value students, then teachers, then school-based support, and save central office administrators for last. Stop focusing on the higher-ups because they are NOT the ones teaching and reaching the children!

    Atlanta Public Schools2017-05-31
  8. "Teaching"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly 
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Atlanta Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Working for APS gives you the opportunity to contribute to closing the achievement gap.

    Cons

    A lot of tasks are delegated without the thought of the impact it may cause.

    Atlanta Public Schools2017-05-05
  9. Helpful (3)

    "A system that is too large but some schools that are strong"

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    Former Employee - School Counselor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atlanta Public Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It all depends on where you are working. As with any school district, there are some really strong schools and some really great teachers. The pay is excellent for public education.

    Cons

    The system is just too large. They are trying their best to move away from a one policy fits all approach by implementing the new Georgia charter school district initiative, but it's not perfect. There are some really ineffective principals. If you are going to work for APS, make sure you are working for a principal who has a clear vision, supports his/her staff, and works well in a pressure-filled environment.... Because of the cheating scandal, APS operates under a culture of fear.

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    Advice to Management

    Hire effective principals. I left APS because I worked in 3 different schools each of which had ineffective principals who created confusion with their decision-making or lack thereof, added extra stress on teachers in an already difficult environment, and did not always have the best interests of students and families in mind.

    Atlanta Public Schools2016-10-02
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Instructional Facilitator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Atlanta Public Schools full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I have the pleasure of serving in the district where I went to school.

    Cons

    APS has extremely inconsistent processes and procedures for employee advancement.

    Atlanta Public Schools2016-07-13
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