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Boston Public Schools Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • The BPS has great benefits and plenty of room for growth (in 5 reviews)

  • Depending on what school you teach in, there can be a range of good professional development opportunities (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Teacher Boston Public Schools"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Dorchester, MA
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Dorchester, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is good. Lots of professional development opportunities. Strong union.

    Cons

    Very high expectations for teachers that often feel unreasonable considering the amount of support provided.


  2. "BPS"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    salary, hours, dependent upon site admin

    Cons

    dependent upon site admin,

    Advice to Management

    be more respectful to the professionals that work and teach here


  3. "Poor working conditions"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Lowell, MA

    I worked at Boston Public Schools (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Depending on what school you teach in, there can be a range of good professional development opportunities. Very challenging career choice.

    Cons

    High staff turnover. Limited resources. Work/life balance is difficult, aside from summers off. School environment varies greatly from school to school depending on administration.


  4. "physical education teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    impactful opportunities with inner city children

    Cons

    district very inefficient with constant program changes and teacher turnover

    Advice to Management

    you're going in the wrong direction


  5. "Substitute teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Higher pay than surrounding school districts

    Cons

    tougher working environment than surrounding school districts

    Advice to Management

    Pay what the job is worth.


  6. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Working with students is rewarding. You feel like you are contributing to the future of the planet. It is exciting to see students learn.

    Cons

    It can be a political place. Some colleagues never grow up from when they were in school. It requires an extreme amount of diplomacy.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Elementary Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and a strong union

    Cons

    Long hours, no work/ life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little kinder when evaluating employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Enriching Work Experience, but not without issues"

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    Former Employee - ELA Teacher in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - ELA Teacher in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boston Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get a lot of autonomy as a teacher in running your classroom.
    Teachers are usually very supportive.

    Cons

    Administration doesn't always have your back, and some can be difficult to work with.
    The number of students that need one on one support is sometimes overwhelming. Class sizes and job requirements don't make it easy.
    Resources are difficult. You often have to buy things out of pocket.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the BPS is to stop stressing the principals out so that they can focus more on running their schools and less on fighting with the district to get resources.


  9. "Development Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Development Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Boston Public Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great teachers who work hard to educate young people

    Cons

    lack of resources to execute innovative program


  10. "Lead Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented, educated, hard working teachers. Strong Union and potential for superior collegiality

    Cons

    Leadership and innovation sorely lacking. Equitable support for individual schools sorely lacking. Top down management style.

    Advice to Management

    incorporate more meaningful teacher led management and development


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