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Boston Public Schools Reviews

Updated November 28, 2016
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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)

Cons
  • Too much variation in culture from school to school (in 3 reviews)

  • Long hours, no work/ life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "These positions used to be held by tenured teachers!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    BPS has great benefits and pay! It also has a diverse student and teacher population at most schools. The success of their Pilot Schools has helped shape education policy across the country.

    Cons

    Horrible infrastructure, and clearly no long-term career security regardless of how great an educator you may be! After spending so much time and money keeping certifications/licensure updated you can expect to be pushed out of most schools due to budget cuts (all the while BPS is giving Charters millions to fill their positions with unlicensed, inexperienced teachers).

    Advice to Management

    Begin to value the great teachers already employed that have made BPS one of the most successful urban school districts in the country!


  2. "Paraprofessional"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The kids and the interactions with the staff and principals

    Cons

    The pay is good but its hourly not salary


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Paraprofessional / Behavior Specialist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional/Behavior Specialist in Jamaica Plain, MA
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional/Behavior Specialist in Jamaica Plain, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The most important reason I work for BPS is serving the children and families in city I love and was born and raised in... What more do I have to say? I come to work early, leave late and try to make a difference in the life of each and every student that I've been blessed to work with for the past 23 yrs.

    Cons

    Politics, cutbacks, school closings, lack of funding along wirh an alarming number of administrators instead of old time principals have attributed to the downside of public education.

    Advice to Management

    Remember why we do what we do. It's not about money, contracts or unions. It's about family, children, community, an equal education and opportunity for all children and most importantly, LOVE!


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  5. "Best career ever!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Roxbury, MA
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Roxbury, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The privilege of helping educate a melting pot of children from all over the world in the best city in the world is worth its weight in gold. A Boston public school educated child is a child that will be prepared for higher education with the tools to succeed.

    Cons

    The challenges of balancing teaching, managing behavior, implementation of technology, trying to create independent thinkers with a voice. Lowering anxiety levels of all students in respect to all of the assessment testing. More teaching less testing!

    Advice to Management

    Create more trade school opportunities for students that might not be so academically inclined. Hire more teachers of different ethnicities so we can better serve our communities and increase the budget so we teachers have everything we need to better service our students.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Elementary Science Specialist in Jamaica Plain, MA
    Current Employee - Elementary Science Specialist in Jamaica Plain, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    friendly people
    eager students
    high pay rate
    data driven workplace
    many opportunities for growth

    Cons

    not focused on STEM
    not enough supplies
    professional development after school hours
    too much paperwork

    Advice to Management

    be more flexible


  7. "Wonderful experience, challenging and dynamic"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with amazing youth in need of excellent support. I also loved collaborating with families and the many 3rd part organizations that work with BPS.

    Cons

    There is a lot of red tape in BPS especially when it comes to trying to launch new initiatives. This was the most difficult aspect of teaching in BPS for me.


  8. "Wonderful place to work."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Educator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Educator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues who are up to date with the most current teaching methods.
    Effective lines of communication and sharing of experience.

    Cons

    large system sometimes becomes cumbersome

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  9. "i work here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    it is really very good

    Cons

    i can think of nothing yet


  10. Helpful (1)

    "They made me do it to see other things on the site"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    This is a great district to work for.

    Cons

    There are no cons here.


  11. "Great staff who all backed each other up and wanted the best for students."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is rewarding to see students become successful under your watch. The school system has the best salaries in the nation.

    Cons

    If dealing with kids is not your thing then you'll have a hard time. I've worked with High School youth for a majority of my career so I had to adjust to working in middle schools.

    Advice to Management

    We are leading the nation in public education but there is still a lot more to be done. Keep up the good work and keep arts and sports available to students so that they can express themselves.


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