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Boston Public Schools Reviews

Updated March 28, 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)

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)

    "High school History teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boston Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Pay scale is great and clear. Vacations are also clear and planned out. The students of Boston are diverse in experience and so much more.

    Cons

    Principals can make or break a school and school culture and mine broke my school culture. It is demanding work and can feel very isolating and that there is a high demand with little support from peers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your teachers and take care of them. Their health is the students health.


  2. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for benefits and pension

    Cons

    Working with short staff due to budget cuts


  3. "Must love teaching"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Paraprofessional in Dorchester, MA
    Current Employee - Special Education Paraprofessional in Dorchester, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay compared to other districts. Great Heath benefits. Great opportunities to help student growth.

    Cons

    Expectations not listed in the job description. Policies that are not reviewed as whole staff at meetings at the beginning of each school year so new staff can learn the ropes; must be learned the hard way. The union is meant to protect but it can also get you. Paraprofessional position under appreciated. No paid or limited non-pay professional developments or training for para staff. Limited opportunity for financial growth after BA degree.

    Advice to Management

    Develop paid trainings. Exchange one sick day per year in to one additional personal day.


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  5. "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.


  6. "Great Coworkers, Varied Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers, and plenty of potential from the students.

    Cons

    Unannounced changes to teacher schedule, addition of classes not originally part of the job description


  7. "Director School Counseling & Guidance"

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    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Experienced, hard worker, people skills, data driven, leader

    Cons

    Student demographics, challenging population, commute, Level 4 status


  8. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Education Paraprofessional in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Special Education Paraprofessional in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The children are great

    Cons

    You have to find out things on your own....para's stick together, teachers stick together and administrators stick together
    .depending on the school you work at..


  9. "Public Education...."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    The work you do has the potential to truly impact the lives of students.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy within this system was a painful roadblock to any meaningful work being completed.


  10. "BPS Substitute Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    Select days you would like to work.

    Cons

    Takes a lot of flexibility.


  11. "My experience of late has been discouraging."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good. Much needed vacation time at set times of the year. Can be fulfilling, especially when you get to see your former students doing well.

    Cons

    Very challenging and at times discouraging work. Very hard to feel like you're getting things accomplished. At times it feels longer me he system is working against you.

    Advice to Management

    Accountability needs to be more equitable.


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