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Boston Public Schools Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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  • The BPS has great benefits and plenty of room for growth (in 6 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. "Academic Design Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Academic Design Specialist in Swampscott, MA
    Current Employee - Academic Design Specialist in Swampscott, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work with schools and have an impact

    Cons

    Lack of oversight or accountability


  2. "The experience varies school to school."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The children are always ready to learn something new.

    Cons

    Some administrators are difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Get some people skills.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "License Qualified Educator"

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    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with minority students who live within an urban area. These students are extremely resilent and rewarding to teach and interact with.

    Cons

    Educator are not hired at all by their educational qualifications, but hired by who they know or who they are related too? Sadly, it's a disservice to all the students

    Advice to Management

    Hire more minority educator within management and administrators position to service student population, which reflects the students population (minorities) that attends Boston Public School. There is an extreme HUGE disparity within the sector


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Boston Public Schools"

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    Former Employee - Middle School Science Educator/Team Leader in Roxbury, MA
    Former Employee - Middle School Science Educator/Team Leader in Roxbury, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of Schools in the district, many great teachers and staff. These teachers and staff are more often than not what keeps schools running, often not the administration who receive the credit.

    Cons

    Many administrators are moved from school to school rather than fired when they do not run a school well. Administrators need to be evaluated better and the evaluation must be include teacher and staff feedback since they are the people who truly know whether the administration is performing their duties fairly and properly.

    Teacher evaluations are not fair.

    Need to go back to neighborhood schools or make sure families have children placed in the same schools.

    Need to make sure ALL schools are up to date with technology AND has the same resources and support.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what it is to be in the classroom and be fair when observing and evaluating the teachers. Listen to the teachers with an open mind as well as a willingness to help improve, support, and believe in your teachers and staff.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Do not believe the embellished discourse given to you about BPS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Depending on which school you are working at, administration can be supportive, that is as long as everything is going well. Some great and very nice co-workers.

    Cons

    Be ready to be insulted by students multiple times on a daily basis (even assaulted at time) without the administration administering any real consequences to the students beside a "Not good, don't do it again"; and students know they have more power than you do and are not afraid of telling you.
    Salary is decent compared to other schools but keep in mind it is truly "combat pay" and at the end of the day, it does not seem a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Seek and pursue your own opportunity as they will not inform you of any management opportunity.


  6. "ELLSEA Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They serve a needy population and you can make a difference. There are great benefits when you are a teacher.

    Cons

    I believe that there should be more continuity between grades. I also feel that it would be good if there were more opportunities for PD opportunities and relevant PD classes.

    Advice to Management

    I think the curriculum should be geared more to the specific population being served. I think there should be more opportunities for mature educators too.


  7. "Urban district -- has it's problems, but some good people."

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you find a school where the people share your vision, it can be a great place to really affect kids' lives. They need caring, dedicated, talented people, so there's satisfaction in being there.

    Cons

    As a large urban district, it's got bureaucracy issues, no doubt about it. That can be very frustrating and makes it harder to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Real steps need to be taken to improve schools, not just complying with federal regulations about making dramatic changes for funds. Evaluate teachers more thoroughly so informed decisions can be made about hiring or firing.

  8. "Never a dull moment."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reason is paid vacation. No other job will give you as much paid time off and vacation time like jobs at a school.

    Cons

    There is really no growth in this industry or expanding your career. Some faculty members are beyond what you would call rude.


  9. "Chaotic and you never know what else is going to be thrown on your plate."

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Dorchester, MA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dorchester, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is better than anywhere else in the state.

    Cons

    If you don't live in the city, public transportation is not practical, parking is not available, then you will find yourself driving in circles trying to find parking during the winter months.

    Advice to Management

    Try one thing at a time, my year working there, 3 different curriculum were tried. Teaching is about ability to takes tests, we all know that, but at least try a program to its end before telling teachers midway to change once again.


  10. "Six years"

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    Current Employee - Program Director in Dorchester, MA
    Current Employee - Program Director in Dorchester, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pros are Holiday and Summer breaks

    Cons

    Cons are Class size and resources


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