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Baltimore City Public School System Maryland Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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Baltimore City Public School System CEO Sonja Brookins Santelises
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Pros
  • Helping students succeed and make a difference not just passing (in 8 reviews)

  • Great benefits and competitive salary (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • The work life balance is also not the best (in 5 reviews)

  • Too much work and there was no support from admin (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Teacher in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baltimore City Public School System full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place to build on classroom skills

    Cons

    One downside would pay the payscale for teachers with Master Degrees


  2. "BCPS has its pros and cons."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Baltimore City Public School System full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is nothing more gratifying than helping students learn and build on their skills toward achievement. Teachers working collaboratively create an awesome environment.

    Cons

    BCPS teachers face formidable challenges due to unresolved societal issues that manifest themselves in off-task, disrespectful, violent, behavior in the classroom. Good teachers learn to manage this behavior and create a successful learning environment.

    Advice to Management

    Support teachers in every way and place the emphasis on improving education versus building administration.


  3. "Secondary Science Teacher"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Teacher in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baltimore City Public School System full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing opportunity for earning graduate credits and salary increase based on the achievement units you gather each year. I Achievement unit= 1 graduate credit in the field of education or in your content area. Medical, dental, and vision benefits are excellent especially for the dependents in your family.

    Cons

    Lack of support from parents and low expectations/goals set by the students.

    Advice to Management

    Please make parents more accountable for their children academic success by mandating them attend PTA conferences or have regular documented conferences with the teachers in all grade levels.


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  5. "Smart Steps Childrens Centers"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Director in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Site Director in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Baltimore City Public School System part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The joy of working in the classroom with children once again. To be able to impact the lives of the students that I teach. Allowing my leadership and educational skills to be used at times.

    Cons

    lack of organizational structure


  6. "Education"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Baltimore City Public School System full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great students and colleagues who would go above and beyond to help anyone.

    Cons

    Not managed well. People in decision-making positions are out of touch.

    Advice to Management

    Manage without letting personal bias cloud decisions.


  7. "It help desk"

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    Former Contractor - IT Helpdesk 11 in Catonsville, MD
    Former Contractor - IT Helpdesk 11 in Catonsville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Baltimore City Public School System as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice place , nice people

    Cons

    Lay offs anytime due to cutting down budget

    Advice to Management

    Try to retain staff


  8. "Childrens' basic needs must be addressed before they are able to truly focus on class work."

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    Former Employee - Teacher - Special Education/APC in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Teacher - Special Education/APC in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Baltimore City Public School System full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I taught in Baltimore City Schools for 14 years. It is so rewarding when you can see a child progress, and see their pride in being successful. As a special educator, the students come to you years below grade level, and as they progress school becomes their safe haven. You can develop meaningful, caring relationships because the kids can't always find an adult who sees how special they are.

    Cons

    Hostile administration, special ed funds are misdirected, causing lack of materials. General Ed. Teachers can't/don't address special needs. No administrative support.

    Advice to Management

    Have workshops for administrators on addressing multiple needs, materials and incentives for disabled students. The leaders in the school need to know how to set a fair, impartial, cordial attitude and expect the same of all staff.


  9. "IT supports specialist 2"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baltimore City Public School System full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learn fast if you have no experience previously

    Cons

    Poor design , improper rate scales among employees. Terrible horizontal and vertical support

    Advice to Management

    Get other departments to respond to their phone calls


  10. "Substitute Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baltimore City Public School System part-time

    Pros

    Flexibility and you decide where to work. Always needed somewhere. Direct deposit payday and always paid.

    Cons

    Can get assignments at schools that offer poor consequences for students ghetto behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Should promote more competent subs to fill permanent spots. Pay is low.


  11. "sad state"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    benefits, summers off, good hours, paid holidays

    Cons

    leadership, administration, unpaid overtime, mentality of some of the parents and students and staff

    Advice to Management

    start again



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